T Levels have potential to help industry deliver skills, but only with the correct support

Source: Manufacturing Management

Thursday, 10 November 2022

With a chronic shortage of skilled technicians to power Britain’s industry, it is critical that more employers get on board with T Levels and offer industry placements, to plug the gap and give UK business the power it needs to compete on the international stage.

To coincide with National T Levels Week, Make UK and EngineeringUK have published new research highlighting the benefits of T levels for businesses desperate for more young skilled people. However, the report -  Unlocking talent: Ensuring T Levels deliver the workforce of the future also draws attention to the challenges that T levels in the engineering and manufacturing sector face, particularly the industry placement component of the qualification.  

Make UK and EngineeringUK estimate that the engineering and manufacturing T Level route will require as many as 43,500 placements to be provided by employers in the sector by 2024/25. Yet currently only one in ten (9%) of engineering and manufacturing employers surveyed for the report hosts a T level placement and just 12% plan to in the coming year.

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