INCENTIVE PAYMENTS FOR T LEVEL PLACEMENTS
What are T Levels?
T Levels are new courses which follow GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A levels. These 2-year courses, which launched September 2020, have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work, further training or study.
The Incentive Scheme
Employers will be eligible to claim a £1,000 payment for hosting a T Level industry placement student, for Wave 1 and 2 T Levels, from 27 May 2021 – 31 July 2022.
Incentive fund is short-term and only available for placements in the latter part of the 20/21 academic year and the 21/22 academic year. This will be for employers who are able to offer an industry placement in the Construction, Digital, Education and Childcare or Health and Science industries, as these are the only T Level subjects available to study within this time.
Being consistent with the eligibility criteria for the Traineeships scheme, this incentive fund will be open to all sized employers, to encourage as many employers as possible to get involved.
It is designed to recognise that employers may be struggling financially in the post- Covid-19 recovery period.
It is hoped that the funds will encourage new employers to consider offering placement opportunities and that they will use the funds to put the building blocks in place that mean they can continue to offer placements in the future.
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.
Who will be eligible for the Incentive?
Any employer who offers a suitable placement opportunity for a T Level student and the student starts the placement between 27 May 2021 – 31 July 2022 will be eligible for the payment.
Placements must be delivered in the workplace and cannot be offered through a remote-working model.
Payments will not be paid for a placement that has already started before 27 May 2021 i.e. payments will not be backdated. However, if the employer were to offer additional placements that have not yet started, these would be eligible.
Placement opportunities must have an agreed start date and commence before 31 July 2022 before any payment will be made. We recommend that providers make payments to employers as close to this start date as possible. Where a placement does not commence, we expect employers to refund the payment back to providers, or if a placement is cut short, the provider and employer should discuss the reasons for this to determine if repayment is appropriate.
Placement opportunities will be subject to the same stringent quality assurances that are already in place – it must adhere to the principles of an industry placement as set out in the Industry Placement Delivery guidance (e.g. be an in-person placement, relevant to the specialism being studied and the student must work towards pre-agreed learning goals.
There will be a cap of 20 payments per employer, per region, so the maximum funding any one employer (in a single region) will be eligible for, across all providers, is £20,000.
Payments will be made to employers by the provider who the student is studying with.
An employer cannot receive an incentive payment in addition to an Employer Support Fund payment for the same placement. It will be down to the provider to work with the employer to decide which payment is appropriate.
How will payments be made?
Each of our T Level 2020 and 2021 providers will be allocated an amount of money based on their T Level student numbers.
The provider will then be responsible for making the payment to the employer once a start date has been agreed or once a placement has commenced – this is an established model that has been used for the Employer Support Fund Pilot.