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BCoT encourages more employers to offer work experience

Local businesses come together to discuss work experience and T levels.


Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) has urged employers across Basingstoke to offer more work experience opportunities ahead of the introduction of new T level qualifications.

At a breakfast event hosted by the college on Wednesday 9 October, local employers including Tylney Hall Hotel, Middlesex Aerospace, Berkeley St Edward Homes and LG Motion were brought together to discuss the benefits of offering placement programmes to students and to discover how they can help the college to achieve the necessary work experience requirements for the new qualifications.

T levels which are the equivalent of three A levels, are new two year technical qualifications that have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses to meet the needs of the industry. Similar to BCoT’s current courses, they offer a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ training during an industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days).

BCoT hopes to offer T levels from 2021 and is already offering work experience in a number of subjects including Hospitality and Catering, Beauty and Engineering. During 2018/19 it trialled 110 different work placements and this year aims to double that amount in preparation for the introduction of the new qualifications.

Principal of BCoT Anthony Bravo said: “Work placements offer many benefits to employers and our students alike. From inspiring the next generation to growing your own talent, they are a great opportunity for businesses to give back to the local community and give young people a taste of what work is really like. The introduction of the new T level qualifications shouldn’t be the only reason more employers should want to get involved and make experiences for our students more meaningful.”

Liz Ballinger, Personnel and Development Manager at Tylney Hall has offered several BCoT students work placements and apprenticeships. Invited as a guest speaker at the event to share her experiences, she said: “Offering work experience is not only valuable for students but our team members too. It can give them their first opportunity to coach and mentor an individual and generate pride in their own achievements.”

“From a business perspective, I’m pleased that we are assisting with Corporate and Social Responsibility and are able to help people. With changing working practices and skill requirements, the more we can attract people and help them to understand about the working world, the easier it should be to recruit skilled, enthusiastic people for the future.”

To find out more about how to offer work experience opportunities, contact BCoT’s Careers and Work Experience Team Leader on 01256 306339 or email wex@bcot.ac.uk.

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