Evaluation of T Level Industry Placement Pilot

Route reports

Newton B, Williams J, Francis R, Gloster R, Buzzeo J, Byford M, Spiegelhalter K, Esmond, B  |   | Department for Education | May 2019

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The Industry Placements Pilot Programme is a response to government aims to reform and strengthen technical education in England. The new T Level programmes will help learners enrolled on full-time qualifications at post-16 providers to gain demonstrable technical and vocational expertise, in part through new 45-60 day structured industry placements embedded in their programme of study.

The evaluation was commissioned to provide an independent assessment of the Industry Placements Pilot Programme. The key aims were to: assess the effectiveness of different industry placement and support models in different contexts; and provide evidence on implementation, highlighting lessons for full, national roll-out from 2020.

In addition to the evaluation synthesis report, which brings together the full programme of research, a report for each of the technical routes has been developed. The aim of these latter reports is to provide insights into the specific experiences of delivering placements within relevant industries. As such, within these routes reports there is a focus on sharing lessons and effective practice that emerged during the pilot phase. This will help 11 providers involved in introducing placements in these routes in future to gain the benefits of the insights arising from the pilot phase of operation.

This report covers the Agriculture, Environment and Animal Care route, which unites two occupational pathways: agriculture, land management and production; and animal care and management.