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
- 91% of L2 and L3 students completed or were scheduled to complete work experience in 2019-2020.
Dependant on your course, you may be required to complete a Study Placement or Industry Placement.
The Study programme consists of students completing one week of voluntary work a in a sector they are interested in pursuing after college. Some students are required to up to 385 hours dependant on their course such as Early Years and Health and Social Care.
The Industry Placement programme gives genuine and meaningful “on the job” training for a minimum of 45 days (315 hours) within the academic year, 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
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
If you are not sure what type of placement you are interested in, you can speak to the Careers team.
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
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. Click here to learn more.
We work with a large variety of placement providers both regionally and nationally.
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Our careers service is based in the David Hockney Building.
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