Grantham College aims to create 'workforce of the future'

T-Level qualifications to be introduced in coming years

Grantham College has been given the go ahead by the Department for Education to step up its industry placement programme this following its success in 2018/19.

This year the college will assign 80 students to substantial placements across a wide range of industries, including automotive, catering and engineering, to help students develop vital technical and workplace skills.  

 The college is now seeking to partner with both Grantham and East Midlands businesses in various sectors to provide students with placement opportunities.

Last year’s trial saw 30 Grantham College students in industry placements across the East Midlands, with both students and businesses reaping significant rewards.

Since these placements were completed in June, several students on the trial have begun full- or part-time employment with their host employers. 

Grantham College is one of many colleges participating in the industry placement trial, which is paving the way for new vocational ‘T-Level’ qualifications being introduced in 2020. 

T-Levels, which will be equivalent to three A-Levels, will each include an industry placement alongside studies in college.

Paul Deane, Principal and Chief Executive of Grantham College, said: “T-Levels have been created by the Department for Education to ensure companies can recruit ‘work ready’ candidates who have the skills and attributes sought by industry.  

“We, as a college, are focussed on furnishing students with the skills industry needs and so are embracing the opportunities T-Levels bring. Industry placements are the first step and have already brought real benefits to students and businesses alike.  

“We are pleased to be expanding our trial this coming year, working closely with industry so that together we can create the workforce of the future.”