Employer Opportunities

T Levels are a new suite of qualifications that have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares young people for entry into skilled employment, higher-level apprenticeships, or higher education.  Find out more. 

Employers play a vital role in ensuring the success of T Levels. The ETF’s Industry Insights programme gives teachers exposure to current industry practice, which they can take back to their classrooms and use to shape their teaching. 

What are the benefits for you?

  • Helping to address the skills gaps for the future 
  • Developing relationships with FE colleges and schools 
  • Facilitating wider understanding and appreciation of your industry 
  • Enhancing your organisation’s reputation 
  • Sharing your personal expertise and experience to support the professional development of others.

  • How can you get involved in supporting T Level teachers? 

    There are several ways employers can get involved. All have been designed to be as flexible as possible, considering your personal and professional needs, timescales, and preferences. Find out how you can get involved below.

    Offer in-person placements to an individual teacher


    Individual visits are designed to give teachers an opportunity to shadow or spend time with an industry professional.  

    During a typical visit, teachers can observe current working practices, watch demonstrations of software, equipment or machinery, undertake tasks, and engage in day-to-day activities, meetings and discussions as agreed. 

    • Arranged flexibly to suit you 
    • Lasts between one and five days 
    • Face to face 

    Offer group visits to your organisation


    Group visits provide the opportunity for teachers to hear from industry professionals and develop a deeper understanding of their T Level subjects and how they are applied in industry. Placement topics can include, for example, latest trends and emerging technologies, projects and case studies, challenges faced, career opportunities for young people, equipment or software demonstrations.

    • Arranged flexibly to suit you 
    • Visits usually held over one day

    Present on a virtual group industry placement


    Virtual Group Industry Placements will provide teachers with the opportunity to learn about the working practices of an employer considered a leader in their field. Similar to group visits, these online placements can be focused on latest sector trends, technologies and hot topics.  


    Present on an online industry workshop


    Workshops provide teachers with a bite-sized opportunity to hear from an industry professional. All workshops also include an opportunity for the teachers to engage in a Q&A session. 

    • Workshops last between 60 and 90 minutes 
    • Speakers present for around 30 to 40 minutes 
    • Recorded for teachers to watch after the event 

    We’re looking for employers in a number of sectors to support T Level teachers, including: 

      • Agriculture, Environmental and Animal Care 

      • Business and Administration 

      • Catering and Hospitality  

      • Construction and the Built Environment 

      • Creative and Design

      • Digital

      • Education and Early Years

      • Engineering and Manufacturing

      • Hair and Beauty

      • Health and Science

      • Legal, Finance and Accounting 

    If you would like to discuss these opportunities or find out more, please email our Industry Insights team:industryinsights@etfoundation.co.uk 

    FAQs and further information


    Who is the ETF?

    The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) is a charity and is the expert body for professional development and standards in Further Education (FE) and Training in England. We have been commissioned by the Department for Education to develop and deliver the T Level Professional Development offer.

    What are Industry Insights?

    Industry Insights form part of the T Level Professional Development offer and allow staff involved in the delivery of T Levels to gain valuable experience and understanding of the subject they will be teaching by undertaking placements and virtual activities within a relevant industry. This means that learners undertaking T Levels are taught by staff with the most up-to-date knowledge from future employers.

    What are T Levels?

    T Levels are new qualifications, launched September 2020, which prepare learners for entry into skilled employment, or higher-level technical study or education. The courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares learners for work. Find out more.

    Still have questions? If you would like to discuss anything in more detail, please email our Employer Engagement team: industryinsights@etfoundation.co.uk