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Science industry placements - Post placement



This section of the toolkit can help you plan what happens at the end of placement and how you support student progression. 

Use these resources to:

  • consider whether you want to review the action planning and progression planning processes
  • make sure T Level students know what to do when they finish their placement
  • provide high-quality support to help them plan a progression pathway after the T Level.

How to use these resources

Select the relevant resources for your needs:

  1. End of placement action plan
  2. Progression planning

Use these templates and checklists to end placements in an appropriate manner and help students choose the right progression pathway. 

Decide whether the template and checklist can be used as they are, or should be adapted to suit your organisation. 

Who are they for?

Share these with all staff who are involved in supporting students as they finish their placement and look to their next steps, be that in education or employment:

  • staff in employer engagement
  • T Level course leaders and tutors
  • student support staff
  • careers advisers.

End of placement action plan

An end-of-placement action plan containing actions with employers and students and actions relating to progression. It can be used to:

  1. plan what happens at the end of the placement
  2. record actions taken
  3. identify further actions.

Template: end of placement action plan

Progression planning

The progression planning checklist can be used to:

  1. check whether students are prepared for the next step when they finish their T Level
  2. help students choose which route to take
  3. discuss with employers which routes they could support.

Checklist: progression planning

Progression planning questions to discuss with students

Key questions

Questions to discuss with the student

How has the placement influenced the student’s future intentions and goals?

  • Have you been able to consider your career goals and progression options during the placement?
  • Has the placement confirmed your career choices, or made you think differently about the options?
  • Has talking to work colleagues and managers during the placement opened your eyes to other options?
  • Has it widened your perspective, for example, on different roles or roles in different departments?
  • Are you still unsure of what options are open to you?

How prepared is the student to take the next step?

  • Has the placement given you the right mix of skills, knowledge, and behaviours to support your career plan?
  • Do you have a clear idea about how to achieve your career goal?
  • Do you know what educational pathways are open, including higher apprenticeships, higher technical qualifications, and university?
  • Do you know which job sites are useful and how to search for jobs in the industry using keywords?

How realistic are their plans?

  • Do you know the minimum entry requirements for your chosen occupation or role?
  • Do you meet the entry requirements of other further or higher education?
  • Have you researched the entry requirements of jobs advertised on job sites?

Has the employer offered any opportunities at the end of placement?

  • Have you been offered a further opportunity with your placement employer, for example, apprenticeship, temporary or permanent job role, internship?

Is the student ready to apply for jobs in a relevant technical occupation?

  • Do you know how to apply for jobs?
  • Have you created an up-to-date CV that shows your skills and experience and demonstrates your employability?
  • Are you open to applying for jobs in areas other than the occupational specialism you are studying in the T Level?
  • If so, do you know whether you must gain new skills and experience at an equivalent level to the T Level, and how to go about this?

Downloadable resources

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