The pandemic derailed the first-year rollout of the T Level programme with employers “cancelling or not committing to placements”, according to a National Foundation for Educational Research survey published last July.
Federation of Small Businesses chairman Mike Cherry said: “Small firms will welcome this announcement as another way to hire young and talented individuals who are making their first steps on the jobs ladder.
“Small firms have said for a long time now that offering placements without any financial support would be difficult for them, which is why schemes like this will hopefully enact some positive change.”
What are T Levels?
The new technical qualifications – co-created with over 250 employers including Fujitsu and Amazon – are equivalent to three A Levels and uniquely combine classroom study with industry placements.
Three T Levels – Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction; Digital Production, Design and Development; and Education and Childcare – were rolled out last September, and a further seven are due to start this autumn, including Healthcare, Science and Onsite Construction and subjects including Finance, Media, Broadcast and Production and Legal Services.
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