Industry Insights

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Industry Insights provides you with the opportunity to develop your skills and increase your knowledge by undertaking placements within industry.

Industry Insights has several distinct components, through which you will be able to:

  • undertake placements
  • access industry relevant mentoring
  • participate in group industry collaboration
  • engage in industry led workshops.


1. Individual work placements

One-to-five-day placements: You will observe industry colleagues, undertake tasks, and engage in day-to-day activities as agreed with the employer.


  • Conducted face-to-face
  • Up to 5 days which can be undertaken consecutively or spread over 5 weeks

2. Virtual placements

Virtual placements offer a flexible alternative to attending placements in person. These will support you to increase your industry knowledge and understanding of current industry practices.

  • Virtual Work Placement: 8–16 hours, including online interaction and agreed learning activities.


  • Conducted online
  • Placement hours can take place over an agreed period, up to a maximum of six weeks.

3. Group Industry Placements

Group Industry Placements will provide you with the opportunity to experience the working practices of an employer considered a leader in their field. Offering this as a group opportunity will enable you to discuss your learnings with others.


  • Conducted face-to-face or virtually
  • Conducted over a working day

Upcoming Group Industry Placements

4. Industry mentoring

This programme aims to match you with an appropriate mentor aligned to the T Level you are delivering.

Key benefits to you:

  • An opportunity to meet, share ideas and work with an industry specific expert
  • A space to ask questions, share challenges and frame your T Level thinking and practice
  • Receive feedback from your industry mentor
  • Increase your knowledge and understanding of current industry practices
  • Developing your understanding of employer relationships.


  • Mentoring will be conducted online.
  • Eight hours of direct contact with your mentor, spread over an agreed period, up to a maximum of eight months.
  • Additional eight hours of reflection and preparation time.

See our useful graphic, to understand the distinction between the different mentoring support available for practitioners in the Further Education sector.

5. Group industry collaboration

Designed to give a group of up to five participants, from up to five different T Level providers, the opportunity to undertake a series of virtual sessions with an employer. You will also be involved in an industry focused collaboration project.

This programme consists of:

  • Four employer sessions – covering a range of areas specific to the industry/employer, with dedicated time for you to pose questions. Each session lasting two hours.
  • Three participant collaboration sessions – where participants will work on the industry focused collaboration project. Each session lasting two hours with an additional two hours for reflection and evaluation.


  • Conducted online.
  • 16 hours, scheduled over eight weeks.

6. Industry workshops

An opportunity for you to meet as a group with an employer or industry specialist, to receive updates, and engage in demonstrations or Q&A sessions. 

Key benefits to you:

  • Interact with employers and industry experts through Q&A sessions
  • Hear the latest sector specific updates
  • View demonstrations of the latest industry specific technologies
  • Engage and make links with employers.


Bite-sized live online events, each lasting one to two hours.

Upcoming Industry Workshops.

7. Employer partnerships and Industry Insights online course

Assess your industry understanding by undertaking the Employer Partnerships and Industry Insights online course.

If you are choosing to undertake an Industry Insights work placement, we highly recommended you undertake this course, which offers a range of practical approaches to improve your industry knowledge and employer engagement practices.

Key benefits to you:

  • Learn why FE providers and employer partnerships are so essential.
  • Understand how to effectively build and maintain partnerships with employers.
  • Find out what the next steps need to be.

Course delivery: online over four weeks, with six hours of guided learning.
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How to apply 

To apply for any activity options listed on this page, including booking onto a course, Group Industry Placement or workshop, please create your profile on our T Level Professional Development Platform.

Related CPD

You may also be interested in our online course, Operational Middle Leaders and Managers: Working with employers: co-designing the T Level curriculum, putting it into practice.

Further information about applying for work placements

Before applying you should consider any existing or potential employer contacts who could support your activity. Please speak to these employers and obtain a commitment to support you. Include their details on your application form.

If you, or your provider, do not have any connections to relevant employers please contact our Employer Engagement Coordinators (EECs) to explore potential employer opportunities or register your interest through our T Level Professional Development Platform.

If you would like to participate in a Group Industry Placement, a Group Collaborative Placement, or an Industry Workshop, please register your interest through our T Level Professional Development Platform and you will be contacted by our EECs.

Applications for Industry Insights for the academic year 21/22 will remain open until 27 May 2022. 

We highly recommend you complete your Individual Training Needs Analysis, which can be accessed via the T Level Professional Development Platform. The analysis will help you identify any skills and knowledge gaps and direct you to relevant CPD. 

Remission is available to enable participation in placements, mentoring and industry collaboration. Remission is paid directly to the provider, to minimise disruption to delivery and enable staff to fully engage with the programme.

Expenses will be paid to enable you to access Group Industry Placements.

 The ETF has a team of Area Relationship and Development Leads across England specifically to support each provider with the TLPD offer. Get in touch with your Area Relationship and Development Lead.