Work Experience and Industry Placements

Work Experience is a period of voluntary work in a sector a student is interested in pursuing after qualifying from college.  

The aim of a work placement is to get hands-on experience allowing a student to apply their classroom knowledge practically in the workplace.

  • The Work Placements Team engage with over 1500 local business and companies 
  • 93% of learners rated their satisfaction of work experience as good or above 
  • Learners rated the Work Experience Team’s response to Covid-19 at 4.12 out of 5 stars 
  • 99% of placement opportunities in college were organised by the work experience department 
  • 90% of L2 and L3 students completed or were scheduled to complete work experience in 2021-2022. 

“I believe work placement is extremely crucial because students get the opportunity to gain skills specifically to their subject as well as the employability skills required for work. Also, work placements look good on your CV which can increase your chances of being employed. Plus, you get a chance to explore different career areas as well.”

 Mohammed H F, UPS Student 

The Industry Placement programme gives genuine and meaningful “on the job” training where a range of experiences can take place, such as: time keeping, commuting and interacting with colleagues as well as learning new skills from employees who have the knowledge and experience to pass to students. We work with a large variety of placement providers both regionally and nationally.

A placement allows you to: 

·         Develop soft skills such as teamwork and communication 

·         Gain confidence 

·         Develop a future career plan and clarify career goals 

·         Apply course material to the working world 

·         Widen knowledge of future career opportunities  

·         Develop your CV and/or UCAS 

·         Determine whether (or not!) the career is for you 

·         Make a good impression on a potential future employer 

·         Apply your knowledge and skills in a work setting 

·         Increase skills and competencies which are highly sought after by employers   

·         Give an insight into the way organisations operate and the challenges they face   

·         Help you to understand a particular job or industry  

L2 Early Years – 250 hours 

L3 Year 1 Early Years – 65 days/385 hours  

L3 Year 2 Early Years – 68 days/385 hours 

L2 Health and Social Care – 200 hours  

L3 Year 1 Health and Social Care – 75 hours 

L3 Year 2 Health and Social Care – 200 hours  

Motor Vehicle L2 – 30 hours 

Motor Vehicle L2 Fast Track – 30 hours 

Motor Vehicle L3 – 30 hours 

Hairdressing L2 – 30 hours 

Hairdressing L3 – 30 hours 

UPS L2 and L3 – 30 hours 

Applied Science – 30 hours  

Travel and Tourism L2 and L3 – 30 hours  

Hospitality and Catering L2 and L3 – 30 hours  

L2 Dental Care – 30 hours  

Business L2 and L3 – 30 hours 

IT L2 and L3 – 30 hours  

Construction L2 and L3 – 30 hours 

Sport L2 and L3 – 30 hours  

Engineering L2 and L3 – 30 hours  

Some Companies We Work With

Find out more

Our careers service is based in the David Hockney Building.

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We are now working paperless with our new system Navigate being introduced. Students will receive training on how to use the online system to input their evidence during and after placement.

Navigate is an online platform that functions as a digital CV which can help you to keep track of and monitor the development of your employability, personal and social skills.

Follow this link to access the Navigate Student Training Pack.

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