£1,000 for employers hosting T-Level student placements

A new scheme from the Department for Education will allow employers to claim a £1,000 cash boost for every T Level student they host on a high-quality industry placement.

T Levels

T Levels are new technical qualifications equivalent to three A Levels and uniquely combine classroom study with industry placements. They form part of the government’s reform to skills and technical education.

Industry placements form a key component of T Level courses, with students spending at least 45 days) or 315 hours with an employer. Placements offer local businesses a chance to build a skilled talent pipeline for the future. Students gain hands-on experience and insight to the world of work.


Employers can only claim for T Level industry placements that have a start date between 27 May 2021 and 31 July 2022.

All employers are eligible to claim an incentive payment, with the exception of government departments and arm’s length bodies. This is to encourage as many employers as possible to get involved.

Employers cannot claim for an existing placement that had already begun before 27 May 2021; however, employers can make a claim for any additional placements offered within the eligible period.

Employers can claim for up to 20 placements per region, so the maximum funding any one employer (in a single region) will be eligible for, across all providers, is £20,000.

Placements must be delivered in the workplace and cannot be offered through a remote-working model. Employers cannot receive an incentive payment in addition to an Employer Support Fund payment for the same placement. It will be down to the provider to work with the employer to decide which payment is appropriate.

Next Steps

For more information on the incentive click here.

Some of our local colleges offer T Levels. See below to see what is available:

Blackpool & The Fylde College

Preston’s College

Runshaw College

Cardinal Newman College

Nelson & Colne College


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