Councils can be a varied and positive career destination for young people – by providing quality experience to young people they will look seriously at councils as future career options.
This page highlights how a T Level industry placement can help candidates and councils.
Case study 1 - Ian Hall, Highway Technician, Sunderland City Council who took a T-Level
I took on a T-Level because I wanted to pursuit a career in civil engineering and I knew that a T-Level would give me an upper hand on other applicants for apprenticeships. Sunderland City Council helped me develop my knowledge about civil engineering and gave me a good understanding of the technical skills needed from an employer. The T-Level at Sunderland City Council also gave me the opportunity to learn on the job, meaning I wasn’t in a classroom all of the time and I could get an understanding of work life.
At the end of my T-Level I was able to apply for an apprenticeship and use everything I had learned to get a job.
Case study 1 - Manager, Graeme Hurst giving Sunderland City Council's perspective on what having a T Level student did for the council
Following an unsuccessful apprentice recruitment process we were subsequently contacted by Sunderland College to see if we would be interested in taking a student for the trial Industry Placement Scheme. We were advised this consisted of 315 hours over the course of the academic year, generally 1 day a week for approximately 42 weeks. We were in the position at the time to offer no placements and so we interviewed potential candidates and offered the placements accordingly.
We found that as opposed to a standard week long placement, the students could gain a much better appreciation of the varied work we do in the Infrastructure and Commercial Section as well as gain valuable hands on experience in a workplace environment.
The advantage of having such an extended placement meant the students could run with a project from inception through to design and finally implementation, having been involved in all the differing processes that are used throughout the whole life of a particular scheme.
As well as hands on experience the students gained essential interpersonal skills and confidence in working in a professional environment whilst taking ownership of their respective projects with all the responsibilities pertaining thereto. As a prospective employer we were delighted to increase our resource pool of potential future candidates for full time employment that have the necessary skills and experience we were looking for. Indeed both the students are now employed full time as highway technicians.
T Levels Industry Placements at Norfolk County Council
A day in the life at North Lincolnshire Council: Early Years Practitioner