COLLEGES in Warwickshire are urging employers to take advantage of a new government incentive to enable workplace experience for their students.
WCG (formerly Warwickshire College Group) will be delivering ‘Technical Levels’ – a new award equivalent to three A Levels – from September.
The qualification is part of Government’s flagship reforms to technical education and will have a focus on workplace experience to help students be employment-ready.
It has been announced employers who offer placements will be entitled to a £1,000 cash boost per student.
WCG will be among the first to introduce the new technical qualifications, which are primarily aimed at learners aged 16 to 18 years.
The college group is offering the Level 3 Digital Support Services T Level at its Leamington College site from September and will be delivering Health and Science, Engineering and Manufacturing, and Construction routes from the new 2022 academic year.
The college is seeking employers in the digital sector to offer placements in areas including desktop support, infrastructure engineering, desktop engineering support, helpdesk, networking and infrastructure security.
WCG spokeswoman Debbie Parkes says the Government incentive is a great boost to enable employers to still host placements following disruption caused by the pandemic: “This cash boost will help even more Warwickshire employers to experience the benefits, while also providing young people with invaluable first-hand experience in the workplace,” she said.
“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 for up to 20 students for Digital Support Services at WCG from May 27 until July 2022.
“T Levels are designed to generate the skilled workforce that businesses need for the future. They will give students the experience they need to progress into well-paid jobs, further study or an apprenticeship.
“We believe T Levels offer local businesses an excellent chance to nurture and build a skilled talent pipeline for the future.
“They also give students the chance to gain vital hands-on experience and invaluable insight of the world of work, setting them up for success in the next steps of their career.”