The industry placement delivery process

The quality and effectiveness of the provider-employer relationship is at the heart of successful industry placements. 

This resource identifies at a headline level where providers and employers need to work together.  


Who is it for? 

T Level leads and all staff involved in all aspects of T Levels, including curriculum design, teaching, student support and employer engagement. 

How to use this resource 

Use this resource to: 

  • brief and introduce new staff to the industry placement process  
  • guide your planning for and delivery of industry placements  
  • check you’re delivering each part of the process, although you will need to make sure you are compliant with guidance through internal quality assurance. 

You will want to assess how to manage each element with each employer. Some employers will want a very structured, in depth involvement; at the other end of the spectrum some will want a very light touch and will be happy to be driven by your advice. Some will want considerable support, others will be largely self-sufficient. 

Providers of different types (colleges, schools, UTCs, 6th form colleges, private providers) will have different approaches to working with employers and their staff will have different levels of experience in working with employers and of industry placements, so you will need to assess how the suggested processes fit with your organisation. 


1. Preparing for industry placements 

Taking a strategic approach will be important to positioning industry placements both within your organisation and with employers. 

Some of the steps providers are taking before they start delivering industry placements include: 

  1. Having a clear vision of where T Levels and industry placements fit with their  current offer 
  2. Communicating this vision to all staff, potential students, employers, networks and other stakeholders to generate interest 
  3. Updating marketing, website, promotion and other information  
  4. Identifying how employers can support the learning journey 
  5. Developing employer engagement functions to include T levels either integrating industry placements with existing employer engagement activities or setting up as stand alone 
  6. Working with staff to:
      • build buy-in and involvement 
      • define staffing, skills and resource needs 
      • define a blueprint for T Level learning delivery and student readiness learning with ideas for the best fit for the industry placement hours 
      • set up systems to track and monitor industry placements 
      • set up industry placement processes including for example recruitment, selection, risk assessments, health and safety checks and any required paperwork, allocate staff to each employer 
      • establish T Levels and industry placements within the existing quality assurance cycle 

 7. Working with employers to: 

      • create employer boards, forum and networking groups to provide opportunities to update and share information and intelligence 
      • develop a pool of employers with potential to offer industry placements 
      • understand the needs of their sectors, their organisations and their workforce priorities 
      • understand how T levels industry placements can support these priorities  
      • identify support, training or resources that workplace supervisors or mentors need to support placement students  
      • agree placements model that fit their business, considering work flow peaks and troughs, projects available, and how this fits your curriculum  
      • how they want to advertise, recruit and select their student/s 
      • how industry flexibilities may benefit the employer and student 

8. Working with potential students to: 

      • raise awareness of the T Level content and industry placements  
      • engage parents both as support for the student and as a potential employers able to support industry placements 

There are other resources and the T Level Planner that you can use in developing your strategic approach.   

2. The industry placement delivery process

The diagrams below are based on the processes set out in detail T Level industry placements: delivery guidance (July 2020) and the T Level industry placements employer guide (May 2021). 

Use them as checklists to confirm you have everything in place. 



Provide a named contact for each employer Connect with providers
Plan placement hours early enough in the T Level programme  
Design and sequence learning to happen before placement Decide when and how to offer placements
work-preparation for students to be ready for the workplace Identify individual(s) to supervise mentor and train students
Consider students circumstances and needs before matching with employers  
Support employers with selection (if required) Select students
Develop students industry placement objective template Develop students industry placement objective template
Support and make reasonable adjustments for students with SEND needs Support and make reasonable adjustments for students with SEND needs
Sign the industry placement agreement Sign the industry placement agreement
Check employers' policies, safeguarding and insurance Comply with legislation/health & safety. Have insurance in place
Set up internal quality assurance for provider guidance compliance  

During placements

The industry placement itself will be largely in the hands of the employer. Your role as provider will be to support the student and the employer to get the most from the experience by providing assistance and clear guidance throughout. 

Consider each of the steps below as a checklist to make sure you’re offering support at the right time. 



  Provider induction to the workplace for students
  Give students stretching tasks and projects, aligned to learning goals.
Maintain regular communication with students Meet regularly with students to review progress and give feedback
Maintain regular contact with employers  
Hold at least 3 review meetings to discuss students progress Contribute to students review meeting with the provider
Promptly address any serious issues relating to performance and behaviour Raise any issues with the provider about attendance, behaviour or performance
Make sure students update and check their logbooks regularly Allow students time to update logbooks
Make sure students complete timesheet and record absence Check students timesheets weekly and sign off their hours
Review reasonable adjustments for students with SEND Review reasonable adjustments for students with SEND
Deal with any complaints, disputes or grievances Be compliant with the legal duties

At the end of placements

As well as the formal steps needed to confirm that the placement has met the requirements of the T Level and that all the necessary evidence has been collected and verified, feedback for the student will be critical part of their learning journey.

Providing detailed feedback on their progress and achievements during the will contribute to their continuing learning and their CV.   



Help students understand the importance of completion Provide an appraisal for the students' placement performance
Make sure students make up any shortfall to required hours  
Collect evidence and decide if placements are completed Contribute to students final review completion decisions 
Provider process for students to appeal completion decisions  
Collect, verify and reload data to ILR/school census/ T Level Results  
Sign industry placement completion declaration in student logbooks Sign industry placement completion declaration in student logbooks
Obtain and act on student and employer feedback Provider feedback
  If offering students paid positions, allow them to complete the T Level 
  Provider reference

The end of each placement also offers opportunities to cement and maintain relationships with employers to encourage their future involvement in industry placements. You may also be able to use feedback and evidence for testimonies, case studies and PR both for you and for the employers. 

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