Calderdale College and Calderdale Council develop next generation talent with T Levels
Calderdale College and Calderdale Council are working together to provide students with the skills and industry experience to give them the competitive edge and be in a strong position to gain employment after their studies.
Calderdale Council has taken on four T Level students studying Health and Business at Calderdale College, to fulfil valuable work placements.
T Levels are the newest type of qualification and are designed by the government, alongside businesses, to ensure students are employment-ready and have a direct route into a career. They were introduced at Calderdale College in 2021 and are now available across a wide range of subject areas including Digital, Health, Engineering, Childcare and Business.
During the T Level, students undertake 315-hour industry placement, and have the opportunity to work on live projects for real employers, including Calderdale Council, Impact Gamers and Lloyds Banking Group.
The Business students on industry placement at the Council have been hands-on gaining real world experience of professional working environments, while introducing new ideas for processes that can be adopted by the Council. They have been undertaking a variety of roles such as data inputting, reception and supporting the Council with post and printing duties.
Calderdale College Business T Level student, Jessica, who is on industry placement at Calderdale Council, commented: “During my time on placement I can say I have built strong relationships with my team members, which makes working at Calderdale Council an absolute pleasure. I have really enjoyed my time there and am excited to find out what this placement could lead to.”
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Resources, Cllr Silvia Dacre, said:
“We’re delighted to be working with Calderdale College to support their T level programme and promote opportunities for young people. So far, we have welcomed four Health and Business students on placements, and we look forward to working with other services and teams in the Council to offer further opportunities for students, including supporting digital skills.
“Nurturing talent and supporting people to reach their potential is a key part of our Vision 2024 for the borough. The T Level programme is mutually beneficial, providing opportunities for young people and increasing our pool of talent and promoting the work of the Council.”
Ebrahim Dockrat, Director of Commercial Services and Partnerships at Calderdale College, added: “It’s fantastic to see the work between Calderdale College and Calderdale Council develop, as we continue to provide students with a curriculum that prepares them for their future careers.
“It is valuable that young people are given the opportunity to work with businesses at a young age, to develop their understanding of a workplace environment, but to also put their skills into practice.”
If you would like to find out more about T Levels and see how you can get involved, please visit: https://www.calderdale.ac.uk/information/tlevels/