Employer Opportunities

A unique opportunity to influence how the future workforce will be trained and ensuring learners have the most up-to-date industry knowledge.

Industry Insights are work placements and work shadowing opportunities for staff delivering T Levels.

Keep up to date with the latest information by filling out our short expression of interest form.


T Levels are new qualifications, launched in September, 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.

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

The high quality TLPD offer is shaped around the needs of the education workforce (leaders, managers, teachers, trainers and support staff) alongside relevant regional, employer and curriculum requirements.

There are six elements of professional development support:

Industry Insights 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 within a relevant industry. This means that learners undertaking T Levels can access the most up-to-date knowledge from their future employers.


What are the benefits for you as an employer?

Investing in your future workforce

  • The placements will enable participants to identify first-hand what skills, competencies and knowledge you require of T Level learners when recruiting.
  • Help to address the skills gap of the future workforce.
  • It will help you develop relationships with FE providers who are training your future workforce. An important link to ensure the latest industry practice is embedded into learners’ learning activities.

Extending your reach and impact

  • An opportunity to facilitate wider understanding and appreciation of your industry. It will improve relations with local providers and stakeholders – enhancing your reputation and increasing business growth.
  • You will be a voice of influence in education.

How long do Industry Insight placements last?

The Industry Insights model has been designed to be as flexible as possible so it can adapt to your needs, timescales and preferences.

Two placement options available:

  • One day work shadowing – the member of staff will visit your workplace, observe industry colleagues in their day-to-day roles, engaging with your staff as industry experts.
  • And/or, a two-to-five-day work placement – an interactive opportunity which includes practical experience, observation and interaction. Participants will be encouraged to undertake tasks and activities as agreed with you, the employer.

Interested in being involved in a demonstration or workshop?

Employer-led industry workshops are an opportunity for you to engage and make links with FE staff, providing them with updates about your area of industry.

These will be short “bitesize” online events which can include a  demonstration or a Q&A session, lasting between 45 minutes to two hours.

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