EMPLOYER FAQS FOR T LEVEL INCENTIVE PAYMENTS 

Index of questions 

Can I offer more than one placement opportunity? 

Yes. An employer can offer as many industry placement opportunities as they like, however one employer (in a single region) will only be eligible for a maximum of 20 incentive payments. We do expect that employers will consider what is an appropriate number of placements they can host whilst still being able to uphold the quality of the placement. 

When will I get the payment? 

Providers will be able to make a payment to employers once a placement start date has been agreed, and providers are content the placement will adhere to the principles as set out in the Industry Placement Delivery Guidance. We do recommend that payments are made as close to the start date of the placement as is reasonable. 
 
By this point, we expect that employers will have invested time working with the provider to create a suitable placement structure and content, agree learning objectives for the student and ensure the student can be supervised/mentored in the workplace. 

How do I get the payment? 

Providers will make payments direct to employers and will need a signed declaration form signed by the employer. The provider will discuss with the employer the most appropriate payment method. 

What happens if the placement is cut short or does not happen? 

We would expect employers to pay the funds back to providers should the placement not take place. If a placement is cut short, this should be discussed between the provider and employer and the reasons for this considered. We appreciate the funds may be used up front for the purchasing of equipment or training which may not be suitable to be repaid. 

Are there any restrictions on what I can do with the money I receive? 

There are no restrictions on what the funds can pay for – employers may choose to use the money to enhance the placement experience for the learner, or buy equipment for them, or perhaps use it to train people on how to supervise placement students. We expect employers will utilise funding to put the building blocks in place that mean they can continue to offer placements in the future. 

What documentation will I need to complete? 

The employer will need to complete and sign a declaration form. This will include basic information about the employer (including name, address, size of business) and a signature to state they will be hosting an industry placement and agree to the terms agreed with the provider. 

I am only hosting part of an industry placement and the remaining hours are with a separate employer. Am I still eligible for an incentive payment? 

Yes. As per the industry placement delivery guidance, one placement can be split across multiple employers (up to a maximum of 2). In this case, both employers are eligible for the full incentive payment. 

I am due to start hosting a T Level industry placement between 27 May 2021 and 31 July 2022. What date does the placement need to be finished by to be eligible for an incentive payment? 

An industry placement whereby an incentive payment has been paid only needs to start between 27 May 2021 and 31 July 2022. Placements do not have to be completed within this time frame, although should be planned to be completed within the 2 years that the student is studying for their T Level. 

I am a Government Department/Arm’s Length Body. Am I eligible for an incentive payment? 

No. As part of the eligibility criteria, incentive payments cannot be made to Government Departments or Arm’s Length Bodies. 

I have already offered an industry placement for a T Level student and it has started/completed. Can I claim this funding? 

No. As part of the eligibility criteria, incentive payments are only payable where a T Level industry placement is yet to commence between 27 May 2021 and 31 July 2022. This is due to the scheme being available to incentivise employers to deliver industry placements. 
 
If, however, you deliver an additional industry placement(s) for a student(s) who commences their placement between 27 May 2021 and 31 July 2022, you may be eligible for funding for these additional placements. 

I am already delivering an industry placement/have completed an industry placement as part of the Capacity and Delivery Fund (CDF). Can I claim this funding? 

No. As part of the eligibility criteria, incentive payments are only payable for T Level industry placements where the student is studying on a T Level programme and is due to commence between 27 May 2021 and 31 July 2022. This is due to the scheme being available to incentivise employers to deliver T Level industry placements. 

I can offer a placement, but we are not going to be back in the office for some time, so we will have to supervise the student remotely. Is that acceptable? 

No. As part of the Industry Placement Delivery Guidance, all T Level industry placements must be undertaken in the workplace and cannot be virtually or remotely. This applies for any industry placement regardless of whether it is eligible for an incentive payment or not. 

I can offer an Agricultural-based placement (or another subject not covered by a Wave 1 and 2 T Level). Will I be able to host an industry placement student and be eligible for an incentive payment? 

No. As part of the eligibility criteria, incentive payments are only payable for T Level industry placements where the student is studying on a T Level programme and is due to commence between 27 May 2021 and 31 July 2022. 
 
T Levels are being rolled out gradually from September 2020, and as such limited subjects are being delivered. T Level subjects being delivered from September 2020 are in Construction, Digital and Education & Childcare. T Levels being delivered from September 2021 also include Health and Healthcare Science. 
 

I can offer a T Level industry placement but there are no providers in my local area delivering a T Level in a relevant field. Can I still receive an incentive payment? 

No. As part of the eligibility criteria, incentive payments are only payable for T Level industry placements where the student is studying on a T Level programme and is due to commence between 27 May 2021 and 31 July 2022. T Levels are being rolled out gradually from September 2020, and as such limited subjects are being delivered by select providers across the country. More providers will be delivering T Levels in a wider range of geographic areas and subjects in the coming years. 

I have agreed to offer a placement and submitted a claim to my provider but I haven’t received my incentive payment yet. What should I do? 

All incentive payments are made by the provider who the student is studying with, so if you have not received your payment and you think you should have in the first instance you contact the provider directly to discuss. We have recommended that providers make payment within 15 working days of receipt. If you still have concerns about the payment after this then please refer to the provider’s complaints procedure. 

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