Progression from T Levels

One of the great benefits of T Levels for local government is that they can be used as a gateway to employment.

This can be a key strategy for workforce planning and ensuring we recruit new individuals within local government. Students studying T Levels can go on to apprenticeships, full time work or higher education.

Download the LGA's 'Workforce Analysis' to see where there may be gaps in your workforce.

Progression FAQ's

What happens once the student completes their minimum number of Industry Placement hours?

Once the student completes their Industry Placement hours the provider will ask you to confirm the hours completed.  Progression routes for T Levels include higher apprenticeships, entry level employment or higher education.

Can the student stay on a voluntary basis?

There are times when the student may wish to continue working to gain further experience. This is possible, you will want to notify the provider and work with the student to put this in place.

Can we employ the student as an apprentice?

Yes. T Levels are designed to aid progression so offering an apprenticeship to the student is a viable option. Once the student completes their T Level, they can start their apprenticeship. You may already work with a provider who delivers apprenticeships, so speaking to them will be a useful next step.

Can we offer the student part time work while they are completing their Industry Placement?

Yes. You can pay the young person during the Industry Placement, therefore, at any point you can start paying the student. You will want to notify the provider you are working with.

Can we offer the student part time or full-time work at the end of the T Level?

Yes, it is possible to offer the student employment once they finish their T Level. You will need to speak to the student and provider.

We have opportunities we would like to promote to other students, not just the current Industry Placement student.

Whether it is apprenticeships, part time or full-time work, you can promote this opportunity to a wider pool of young people. You will want to send any job descriptions to the provider you are working with, as well, as any others in the local area. This will increase your chances of recruiting the right person. You will also want to follow your usual recruitment practices.

How can I shape local government’s recruitment around T Levels?

It will be important to complete a workforce analysis. Consider where your recruitment gaps are and think about the skills gaps. You will want to consider this both short term and on a longer-term basis. You may want to consider factors like retirement, which could impact on the number of staff within your organisation. Within your workforce analysis it will be important to identify which local providers are delivering T Levels and in which routes.

Process of recruiting a student post T Level Industry Placement


Student undertakes or completes Industry Placement.

Council identifies wish to recruit the student.

Apprenticeship route identified

Student notified and accepts opportunity

Council works with provider to outline post T Level recruitment intention.

Apprenticeship standard and provider selected

Apprenticeship provider liaises with council to complete paperwork

Student starts apprenticeship

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Full time employment

Student undertakes and completes Industry Placement

Council identifies wish to recruit the student

Appropriate full time role identified

Student is notified and accepts opportunity

Council works with provider to outline post T Level recruitment intention. 

Council offers contract to student

Student completes their T Level

Student starts their employment within local government

Apprenticeship Support Programme

As well as the T Level Support Programme, the LGA deliver an Apprenticeship Support Programme, which aims to support councils so they can maximise the Return on Investment (ROI) of their apprenticeship levy.

The LGA’s apprenticeships support programme provides a range of practical support and advice for local authorities and their maintained schools on developing and enhancing their apprenticeship programme. Due to the current COVID-19 disruption, we have moved most of our delivery online to ensure we can continue to support councils. Our support offer includes:

  • webinars on key aspects of managing an apprenticeship programme
  • advice and guidance notes
  • 'Apprenticeship MOT’ reviews of council programmes
  • sharing best practice from around the sector
  • toolkits
  • a focus on supporting councils with end point assessment
  • mapping apprenticeship standards to job roles
  • support for developing new standards that are important to the sector
  • our six-weekly newsletter (email us to sign up)
  • our annual apprenticeships survey of the sector.

Further information on the LGA’s Support offer

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