BCS is supporting students throughout their digital T Level... 

BCS is supporting both providers and students of digital T Levels and now employers can actively get involved too!

The new BCS programme aims to help providers and students of digital T Levels, by providing industry insight and promoting professional behaviours.

This includes:

resources to enhance a providers’ T Level programme

regular newsletters and student competitions

access to BCS membership

accelerated recognition onto RITTech (the Professional Registration for IT Technicians).

Watch our video on how employers can support the programme

How to get involved in the programme

There are lots of ways that employers like yourself can support the programme and in turn can promote your own business and what you do to the next generation of digital professionals. You’ll also have access to a talent pool of potential young digital candidates.

You can get involved by:

providing industry insight (e.g. case study or article)

setting and judging one of our student competitions

taking part in a short video interview

attending or presenting a webinar

setting a work-related project or challenge

delivering a masterclass

joining the steering group

Get in touch

To get involved, please contact us today with any questions.

Find out more about T Levels

Launched in September 2020, T Levels are new courses that follow on from GCSEs and are equivalent to three A Levels. The courses take two years to complete. Whereas A Levels are purely class-based qualifications, T Levels place a greater emphasis on practical, hands-on experience.

As such, the new qualifications offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ training via industry placement. In total, students can expect at least 315 hours - or approximately 45 days - away from the classroom and in the workplace.

Watch this webinar about How T Levels can work for your organisation

“What sets T Levels apart is that they have been developed in collaboration with more than 250 leading businesses, so they have been specifically designed to meet the needs of employers and address skill shortages.”

Gillian Keegan, MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Apprenticeships and Skills

Which firms were involved in T Level’s creation?

T Levels were created with input from Fujitsu, Accenture, CGI, Lloyds Banking Group, IBM UK, Cap Gemini, Comptia, FutureCoders and the Army. Digital T Levels have been designed to make sure students have the experience and skills required to progress straight into a digital career.

Digital competencies will also be embedded throughout all T Level qualifications, for example, the design, surveying and planning T Level requires students to understand the use of digital technologies on a construction project, such as CAD drawing, geo surveying and building information modelling.

Find out more about T Levels

Employer support for industry placements

Are you an employer or working with employers? Could you offer an industry placement to a T Level student?

You can now partner with local colleges and schools to offer T Level industry placements. There are many benefits of doing this such as developing future talent for your business and finding solutions for entry-level skills shortages.

The Strategic Development Network (SDN) are now partnering with the Department for Education (DfE) to help employers plan and prepare to offer high-quality industry placements.

Find out more about employer industry placements

“Businesses are already seeing the value these students can bring and are building T Levels and industry placements into their recruitment pipelines, both for higher-level apprenticeships and other roles.”

Gillian Keegan, MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Apprenticeships and Skills

Industry placements of at least 315 hours will be a key component of T Levels. Providers are building their capacity to support extended placements by using the Capacity and Delivery Fund (CDF) to work with employers.

The Gatsby Charitable Foundation shares some employer experiences of what students on industry placements have brought to their businesses.

The Association of Colleges (AoC) has also published a set of guidance materials focusing on how to effectively implement industry placements.

Ready to offer an industry placement?

The National Apprenticeship Service can help you find local students for industry placements. You can contact them by calling 08000 150 600 (choose option 4), or by email at tlevel.placement@education.gov.uk.