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Science industry placements - On-placement



This section of the toolkit can support your discussions with employers when preparing for the industry placement, and planning placement midpoint reviews.

Use these resources to:

  • review induction and progress reviews used in placements
  • make sure T Level students receive a comprehensive introduction to their placement
  • make sure T Level students know how much progress they are making towards their learning objectives.

How to use these resources

Select the relevant resources for your needs:

  1. Planning induction
  2. Monitoring progress

Use the templates, checklists, and examples to plan induction and monitor progress.

Decide whether they can be used as they are, or should be altered to suit your organisation.

Who are they for?

Share these with all staff who are involved in planning students’ induction to the workplace and monitoring / reviewing their progress during the placement:

  • staff in employer engagement
  • T Level course leaders and tutors.

Planning induction

A placement planning template and checklist of what can be included during induction. It can be used to:

  1. guide provider discussions with employers
  2. identify the people involved and the resources needed, such as policies and the student handbook
  3. help students feel settled from the start of their placement.

Template: induction planning

Checklist: induction planning

Monitoring progress

A checklist of how to prepare for and conduct an industry placement midpoint review. It contains a blank template for a review, a student and employer feedback form, and two different examples of review forms. It can be used to:

  1. prepare for midpoint review
  2. make sure the review covers all the relevant aspects of the student’s experience during placement
  3. show how employers can contribute.

Checklist: prepare for midpoint review

Template: for midpoint review including student/employer feedback

Example 1 - midpoint review

Student name  
Date of review  
T Level  
Essential employability skills Area for development Improving Competent Key strength
Self-managing and managing time        
Planning and prioritising        
Health, safety and housekeeping        
Being an effective communicator        
Independent working and teamwork        
Motivation and focus on the task        
Attention to detail        
Reliability, integrity, and respect for confidentiality        
Mark each aspect with an X to indicate how the student is progressing
Knowledge And technical skills Area for development Improving Competent Key strength
Setting up equipment and experiments        
Helping to conduct experiments and using the equipment        
Preparing and collating results for interpretation        
Developing new or improved methods of testing        
Contributing towards ensuring safety regulations are followed        
Monitoring lab resources        
Comment on areas for development or key strengths

Example 2 – midpoint review

Student name  
Date of review  
T Level  
Area of work Criteria RAG
CS1 Project management
  • Independently produces a high-level project plan
  • Considers timing of activities, resources, and financial considerations
  • Ensures that facilities, equipment, materials, and scientific techniques used meet all safety, health, and environmental requirements
  • Focuses on quality outcomes
CS2 Researching
  • Independently identifies sources
  • Includes scientific literature and other appropriate sources
  • Lists/compiles sources before the project begins
  • Refers to sources appropriately
CS3 Working with others
  • Works under the supervision of research, academic or senior technical staff
  • Values the thoughts and opinions of others
  • Is tactful, considerate, and respectful in the team
CS4 Creativity and innovation
  • Makes good use of new technologies to solve problems
  • Suggests improvements to practices, processes, and outcomes
  • Checks that the technologies and improvements are appropriate to the science context
CS5 Communication
  • Provides results and recommendations in appropriate formats to clients and wider stakeholders
  • Uses a range of formats including written reports and verbal presentations
  • Records information for others’ use, accurately, with good attention to detail and legibility
  • Takes into consideration ‘business benefits’ and shows commercial awareness
CS6 Reflective evaluation
  • Identifies areas of own practice where improvements are needed
  • Considers the lessons learned
  • Suggests how to make improvements through professional development

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