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The Technical Level Employer Incentive Scheme

Published on: 10 June 2021

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Apprenticeships Minister Gillian Keegan has recently announced the launch of a new scheme whereby employers will be able to claim a £1,000 cash boost for every Technical Level (T Level) student they host on a high-quality industry placement.

The incentive fund is designed to offer support to employers impacted by the pandemic, to ensure they can continue to host placements. Employers will be able to claim this boost for up to 20 students from 27 May 2021 until July 2022.

The first three T Levels in Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction, Digital Production, Design & Development and Education & Childcare were introduced in September 2020. 

A further seven will be available from 2021 in subjects including Healthcare, Science and Onsite Construction, and subjects including Finance, Media, Broadcast and Production and Legal Services will be introduced from 2022 and 2023.

Also published is a new Employer Guide to help businesses understand how to host an industry placement, including details on what is expected of them during the placement.

Blue Davies, Head of Training at British Marine, comments: Although the initial T Levels do not cover all areas of the marine industry, further subjects will be rolled out over the next few years, including Engineering & Manufacturing. Alongside apprenticeships and traineeships, the scheme is another option for employers to recruit and develop young talent in their workplace.

Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills, Gillian Keegan, said:T Levels are a game-changer for young people, providing a fantastic high-quality technical alternative to A levels and helping to produce the skilled talent pipeline as we recover from the pandemic.”

Employers are already recognising the value hosting a T Level industry placement can bring to their business, helping them to build the skilled workforce they need for the future. This temporary cash boost will help even more employers to experience the benefits, while also providing young people with invaluable first-hand experience in the workplace.

Chris Young, Education and Skills Delivery Manager, Hinkley Point C Project, said: “T Levels bring many benefits to business and that’s why we have committed to supporting T Level industry placements as part of the Hinkley Point C Project in the 2021/22 curriculum year.

We worked with our partners Bridgwater & Taunton College during the pandemic to offer support to learners and we continue to work closely with them to support both the digital and construction T Level pathways we’ll offer from September.

For further details, British Marine members can email