The T-level substantial industry placement (SIP) pilot is now in full swing across College. I would like to thank everyone involved in this pilot, it really has been a cross college team effort to get these placements off the ground.

The first year so far has naturally come with a few challenges but has given us a real insight into the benefits of SIPs. Already we are hearing of some really positive stories of achievements that the students are making in placement and already some employment, further training opportunities have been offered at the end of qualification. A  large proportion of students are really engaging with the longer placements and employers are welcoming this too.

We are entering the planning stages for the next academic year and as a team we are feeling confident that the lessons learnt from this year will ensure next year will be an even greater success.