Why is the LGA supporting T Level qualifications?
The LGA see both short and long term benefits of supporting with T Levels. T Levels are the first step towards a career in local government, and a fantastic way to promote the opportunities available to young people.
- Raise awareness: T Levels will allow councils to access and engage young people to improve understanding of local government and what it’s like to work in the sector.
- Increase diversity in councils: Industry Placements will introduce young people to jobs and careers within local government. You can access a new generation of potential employees.
- Job ready skills development: T Levels allow local councils to develop first-hand the skills and knowledge of local young people, helping them to establish future working in public services.
- Additional resource to councils: Supporting with Industry Placements can increase capacity within teams, whether it is projects or developing your services.
The LGA T Level support programme
At the LGA we recognise councils face increasing pressure and additional burdens to deliver local services whilst still attracting, recruiting, developing, managing, and retaining their workforce. We know capacity to engage in new initiatives and new opportunities is always a challenge.
Our support package aims to ensure councils have the capacity to engage, plan and deliver Industry Placements. The package aims to add efficiency to the process and ensure the Industry Placement is effective for both the council and the young person.
The LGA T Level Support Programme is available to up to 35 councils, with dedicated support needed to deliver high quality Industry Placements.
What are T Levels?
T Levels are qualifications for students after GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A Levels. These 2-year courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so the content of a T Level meets the needs of industry.
T Levels offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on the job’ experience during an Industry Placement of around 45 days (at least 315 hours) spent with an employer.
Following their T Level young people are well-prepared to progress into skilled employment, further training including apprenticeships, or higher education such as Higher Technical Qualifications or undergraduate study.
T Levels are being introduced in a wide range of subjects and will become one of the main choices for students after GCSEs alongside apprenticeships and A Levels.
What is an Industry Placement?
Every T Level includes an Industry Placement with an employer focused on developing the practical and technical skills required for the occupation. An Industry Placement will last for a minimum of 45 days (at least 315 hours) and is structured for young people to develop real work skills and make a meaningful contribution to your organisation.
An Industry Placement is required to be occupationally specific to the T Level course the student is studying. The Industry Placement will take placement on the site of the employer, external from the provider’s premise.
What are the progression routes for Industry Placements?
T Levels equip students with the technical and workplace skills required within industry. Progression routes for T Levels include higher apprenticeships, entry level employment or higher education.
More information about how T Levels Industry Placements can contribute to your future workforce available on DfE website.
What are the benefits of supporting with T Levels and Industry Placements?
T Level Industry Placements harness the potential of young people and create a pipeline of talent.
T Level Industry Placements harness the potential of young people and create a pipeline of talent.
During their industry placement young people develop knowledge and practical skills to help them thrive in their career and make a meaningful contribution to your organisation.
Benefits for the council:
- A pipeline of talent to help address hard to fill vacancies across a wide range of roles - students can go onto secure apprenticeships, graduate programmes, or employment within your council.
- Opportunity to promote councils as employers to young people in your locality.
- Creating opportunities for a diverse range of 16 to 19 year olds, adding a new avenue to increase diversity in recruitment in your organisation.
- An opportunity for existing staff to develop management and mentoring skills.
- For a limited period time, the Government has introduced a financial incentive to employers who host a T Level student of £1,000 per student up to a maximum of 20 students before July 2022.
- Progression routes can be shaped through Industry Placements. Successful young people on Industry Placements can go onto secure apprenticeships, graduate programmes or employment within your council.
Benefits for young people and your community:
- Contribute to the development of the next generation of workforce – increasing opportunities for young people.
- Increase young people’s confidence and employability to help them secure employment.
- Create a skilled workforce for your local economy.
What T Level subjects are relevant to local government?
What T Level subjects are relevant to local government?
The first T Levels were introduced in 2020 and over 20 subjects will be available from 2023 onwards across eleven areas:
- Agriculture, environments and animal care
- Business and administration
- Catering and hospitality
- Creative and design
- Education and childcare
- Engineering and manufacturing
- Hair and beauty
- Health & science
- Legal, finance and accounting
Further information about T Level subjects, including which may be useful for your organisation, and where to find your local provider available on the DfE website.
What support can I receive from the LGA?
The LGA can provide each council with up to five days flexible support over the duration of the project. We will work with you to agree how best to use the support available. As part of the offer, once you sign up, there will be items you will automatically have access to, as well as a menu of support for you to select from.
Once you have committed and signed up to the LGA’s T Level Support Programme you will have access to the below.
|T Level Toolkit||You will gain access to all T Level Toolkit information and documentation on T Levels that will support you through the process. Not limited to but including Industry Placement process, top tips, FAQs, first day induction checklist and soft skills scan.|
|T Level Toolkit briefing||You receive a video outlining the T Level Toolkit, what information is available and how to effectively utilise this.|
|T Level Newsletter||You will be added to the T Level mailing list. This will include good news stories, T Level updates and key information.|
|Line Management T Level information video||Brief video tailored towards line managers outlining what T Levels and Industry Placements are, inclusive of the benefits.|
|Stage in process||LGA support provided||Days|
|LGA support programme meeting||You will meet with an LGA representative to go through the support programme and agree what additional (up to five days) support programmes you would like to receive. This area of support is available to all councils who have been accepted onto the T Level Support Programme.|
|T Levels Workforce Analysis||LGA will work with you to identify which areas of your organisation are suitable to support with an Industry Placement.||0.5|
|T Level provider||LGA will contact your local provider and act as the broker, we will identify key individuals and organise an initial meeting. All information will be shared with you.||1|
|T Level employer awareness training||LGA will provide senior manager briefings, internal comms, help develop the internal business case, provide drop-in sessions and one to ones for service teams/managers to answer questions and queries to raise awareness and understanding across the council of T Level Industry Placements.||1|
|T Level provider meeting||LGA will attend your first meeting with your T Level provider. Discussions will include how Industry Placements will work for you, potential numbers of students you might host, and specific provider support that you will receive.||0.25|
|Mentoring Line Management training||LGA will offer tailored training to line managers who will directly work with the T Level student. Training sessions will explain the role of the line managers and line managers in the process, the benefits of T Level Industry Placements, how to work with a young person. Training will also include expectations with regards to health and safety, how to create an Industry Placement training plan and specific T Level requirements.||3|
|Recruitment process support||LGA will work with HR Managers and Line Managers during the recruitment process of Industry Placements. This can include setting up the recruitment process, coordination, interview selection, criteria and questions, assessments, and feedback.||1|
|Industry Placement Induction||LGA will support you in facilitating the Industry Placement start date. This includes advising on paperwork. This can also include any pre-agreed work the student is required to complete prior to the start. This will ensure the student and the council are fully prepared for the first day.||1.5|
|Student skill development training||LGA will work with line managers and mentors to ensure they are equipped in developing the student’s soft skills. A particular focus will be made on enhancing the experience of the young person and ensuring their employability skills develop alongside their technical knowledge and skills. LGA will also be able to support you organise a quality induction.||3|
|T Level Industry Placement health check||At pre-agreed points during the Industry Placement, LGA will meet with the line manager/HR Manager to complete a health check. This will go through the progress of the Industry Placement, and any actions that are required moving forward. Agreements and actions will be made, and communication with the provider made where required. While undertaking the Industry Placement, the provider will visit the student at their place of work three times. The LGA will work with you and the provider to organise these meetings.||2|
|Review and plan||LGA will work with you at the end of the placement to complete any paperwork required to sign off the Industry Placement. We will also work with you to plan your next Industry Placements.||1|
|Feedback||Following the review and plan offer, LGA plan and organise the feedback sessions between you and your provider. Feedback and actions can be agreed.||0.25|
T Level Support Programme process
Register for the T Level Support Programme. Please ensure you have met the entry criteria.
You will be contacted by a member of the LGA T Level team to arrange a preliminary meeting.
Prior to the meeting you will be sent an agenda, including the T Level Action Plan.
Providers offering T Levels within your local area will be identified. If there are no local providers LGA will agree next steps. Meeting between council and provider will be organised.
LGA and the council will agree the package of support required from the T Level Support Programme.
Engaging of teams and confirming number of Industry Placements your council will offer.
T Level Action Plan agreed.
T Level Support Programme commences with key actions agreed.
Preliminary checks put into place prior to Industry Placement start. Including health and safety, recruitment and staff training.
T Level students recruited and start date agreed.
Student undertakes the Industry Placement with clear plan and structure.
Industry Placement is completed. Evaluations and future plans take place.
The first step for councils is to register their interest to the T Level support programme. The application requires a senior manager at the council to approve the application.
- What is the timeline?
Applications open from 24 January2022 and are open to any council in England. We have capacity to support 35 councils over two years and expect a high demand so please get your applications in as soon as possible.
- What criteria must be met to be accepted onto the T Level Support Programme?
In order to be considered for the T Level support programme, you must meet the below criteria:
- Senior Manager signed commitment.
- A commitment to providing a co-ordinator to work with the LGA (up to one day a week).
- A commitment to share learning and experiences of participating in the programme with other councils.
- A commitment to offer Industry Placements.
- A commitment to participate in a quarterly council T Level Industry Placement (IP) network meeting (virtual) and share progress.
- What are the next steps for the T Level Support Programme?
- Register for the T Level Support Programme (outlining your potential availability for the first meeting).
- LGA will arrange a preliminary meeting with you to outline the next steps.
- LGA will work with you to identify whether there is a local provider offering T Levels.
- Once a provider(s) has been identified as offering T Levels in your area, we will agree what your five days of support will look like.
- Complete your Industry Placement plan (you will be sent this prior to the meeting).
See full timeline below.
- What will happen if my council does not have a local provider offering T Levels?
You will still have access to the T Level Toolkit and the LGA will continue to monitor local providers offering T Levels. LGA will get in contact if providers in your area plan to offer T Levels.
- What will happen if my council is not accepted onto the T Level Support Programme?
If your council is not accepted on to the T Level Support Programme you will still have access to resources within the Toolkit, as well as informational videos.
- How do I feedback to the LGA about the support I require?
The LGA welcomes feedback regarding the support you may require. The T Level Support Programme is tailored to ensure high quality Industry Placements are offered. We will work with you to ensure this is achieved. During the first meeting with LGA you will be given key contact details who will be your first point of contact.
- Will I receive funding to participate in the LGA T Level Support Programme?
There is no direct funding from the LGA to support councils. However, a T Level employer bursary available is available for each student your council is able to welcome by July 2022 (£1,000 per student, with a maximum of £20,000 funding available per employer). The LGA will support you with this process, so you will not need to do anything prior to the first meeting.
- How much does the LGA T Level Support Programme cost?
The T Level Support programme is being funded by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, therefore there is no direct cost to your council. However, there will be operational time required to support the programme, as well as line manager time for the student during the Industry Placement.
- Do I need to know what type of Industry Placements my council will offer prior to applying for the T Level Support Programme?
No, this can be discussed during the first meeting with the LGA. It may be beneficial to come to the first meeting with an idea on which areas of your council can offer Industry Placements. We expect more providers over the upcoming years to be offering T Levels, therefore, we will keep in contact regarding any updates.
- Do Industry Placements need to start before July 2022?
No. Industry Placements can start anytime over the duration of the support programme (up to and including August 2023). However, if you do not start an Industry Placement prior to July 2022, you will miss out on the government employer funding (£1,000 per student). Priority will be made for those councils able to offer Industry Placements prior to July 2022.
- Where can I find my training provider?
You can find your nearest T Level provider on the DfE website. If you cannot find a provider offering T Level close to you, please let the LGA know.