Sourcing T Level placements and building long-term relationships with employers
The Employer Engagement Offer for T Level Providers
Commissioned by Department for Education, SDN is delivering a part of the Provider Support Programme alongside the Association of Colleges.
Employer engagement lies at the heart of T Level delivery. It involves active collaboration between educational organisations and employers to shape the curriculum, provide industry insights, and offer real-world work experience through industry placements. This collaboration makes sure T Level students graduate not only with theoretical knowledge but also with practical skills that align with the needs of the job market.
Employer engagement staff are pivotal to achieving this and driving the success of T Levels. These individuals are the bridge builders, connecting educational organisations with employers to ensure a seamless integration of theoretical learning and real-world application.
Aimed directly at employer engagement staff, the support will cover these four stages →
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CPD Programme Pilot
This CPD (Continuing Professional Development) programme has been designed to assist you to plan, implement and embed employer engagement activities from strategy to delivery. This CPD programme is a fully funded pilot by the Department for Education. It will test and evaluate the impact of offering provider support to assist with generating and securing industry placements.
The programme will be delivered in four parts through live online sessions, occurring on a weekly or fortnightly basis. The total programme time will be 10 hours made up of 7 hours live online and 3 hours of self-guided activities. Practical tools and resources will be provided throughout the session to support your success.
What the programme covers
Part 1: Building a sustainable employer engagement strategy (2 hours)
Developing or enhancing your employer engagement strategy
– The local employment market, and reasons for engagement
– Promotion and awareness
– Commitment to quality
Knowing your employer market and which channels you can use to reach them.
Securing organisational commitment to the strategy
Part 2: Getting set up – planning the implementation of the strategy (1.5 hours)
Understanding roles and responsibilities
Establishing quality / customer service engagement standards
Exploring and developing the employer journey
Using digital tools to increase reach and engagement
Helping you / your team to have confident conversations with employers
Part 3: Engagement with employers (1.5 hours)
Building and managing sustainable employer relationships
Equipping you with the tools and resources to successfully engage with employers
Tracking and monitoring stages of the employer journey
Part 4: Additional engagement activities and a focus on feedback and improvement (2 hours)
Managing employer engagement success
Facilitating wider engagement of employers
Establishing feedback mechanisms
Learning from feedback and improving the process
About your programme
The programme will be facilitated by Karen Kelly and Anna Sutton, SDN experts in stakeholder engagement and T Levels. Designed based on sector-wide research by our team, with the expert advice and guidance from partners including ASCL and AoC. SDN has worked extensively with both employers and providers to prepare for and implement industry placements.
This will be an interactive and collaborative programme of CPD drawing on the experiences of delegates. Delegates therefore should be in or due to start an employer engagement role for T Level Industry Placements and/or T Level Foundation programme.
To commit to attend all four sessions so, please check diaries carefully.
Access to a webcam, microphone and a quiet space to participate in the live sessions
A desktop computer or laptop is preferable over a handheld device
To share basic data and information regarding your successes and challenges with industry placements (pre, during and post the programme).
To be ready to expand your peer networking group!
Book your CPD
Due to limited spaces on these programmes each provider can nominate up to 2 delegates to participate in one of our CPD programmes during 2024. If all relevant CPD programmes are fully booked, please add yourself to a waiting list and we will let you know if a space becomes available.
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