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By working together with the College, employers can help young people transition from education into the world of work and develop the next generation of work ready employees for their specific industry.


Make a new start this New Year with a course at Langley College. You will gain new skills and a nationally-recognised qualification, and as you are under 19 there will be no course fees to pay. If you are on a low income, the College has several schemes to provide extra support for you, including help for travel, childcare or course materials.

Whilst at College you’ll also be able to do lots around your lessons to get involved in college life, meet new people and learn additional skills. See our Opportunities page, or like us on Facebook to see what’s going on right now. 

Spaces on these courses are limited, so it’s best to apply as soon as possible. If you’re not sure which course is right for you, speak to one of our friendly student advisers on 01753 793288 who will be happy to help guide you. 

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Looking for work? If you’re struggling to find a job because you don’t have enough experience, Langley College can help. If you’re aged 16 or 17 and live in Slough, we can get you a work placement – for free. Click here for more details.

16-19 Learners

What does your future hold? Help reach your potential with at course at Langley College. Whether you dream of being a lawyer, have your own plumbing business or become a top chef, we have courses to get you on your way; all of which are free for under 19s.

Studying at Langley College will give you a head start. All of our tutors are experts in their field, and you’ll be able to get to grip with the subject in the College’s state-of-the-art facilities. Over the years, we have built many links with employers to make sure you learn what employers need, and gain relevant work placements to prepare you for your chosen career.

All of our full-time courses and apprenticeships are held at our Langley and Windsor colleges, both conveniently located for public transport links. Langley College is the home to most of our vocational courses and benefits from industry links with Slough’s host of blue-chip and international companies. The Windsor College is the place to study A Levels, business, science, travel and many creative courses, perfectly set in the heart of the thriving and picturesque town.

And once you’re here, you’ll really see how college is different from school. You’ll be treated like an adult, in relaxed, diverse surroundings. It’s not just about the lessons as well – there’s loads going on between classes. You could practice sport at an elite level, take part in a fashion show, become a student councillor, and get great advice in the Career Zone on finding a job or going to university.

So apply now for a place with us, or come and see us first at one of our Open Days for a chance to look around, meet our tutors and receive free information, advice and guidance on courses, careers and finance from our friendly expert staff.

6th Form Strode's & Windsor

Two Colleges – One Sixth Form

Whether you choose to study at Strode’s or Windsor College you will get maximum choice – choice of subjects, choice of qualification and the ability to mix and match to suit your plans and ambitions.

Strode’s College combines the widest range of subjects in North West Surrey, while providing an intimate campus where everyone is known and can get a truly personalised experience. Endorsed by Ofsted you are assured of the highest standards of teaching alongside a vibrant student experience – combining sports, leadership and community activities to enrich you personal and academic development.

Windsor College is a vibrant, friendly college right in the heart of Windsor. It’s outstanding facilities provide a progressive and contemporary learning environment that is a bridge between school and university or employment. Like Strode’s you are assured of the highest standards of teaching from a dedicated and passionate teaching team, who have your best interests at heart. Study A Levels or BTECs or both.

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A+ Certificate Level 2

The CompTIA A+ certification is a vendor-neutral certification that certifies the competency of service professionals in the computer industry. It is for anyone who wants an internationally recognized credential as a competent computer maintenance professional.

The A+ Certification program is one of the largest certification worldwide. The A+ Certification is developed and sponsored by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), a global association of IT industry companies (Microsoft, IBM, Lotus, Compaq, Dell etc) with the common goal of standardized qualifications for professionals working in the industry.

-A+ Certification is recognized and backed by all the leading manufacturers, vendors, service providers and professional bodies worldwide.

CompTIA A+ 220-801 covers the fundamentals of computer technology, installation and configuration of PCs, laptops and related hardware, and basic networking.

CompTIA A+ 220-802 covers the skills required to install and configure PC operating systems, as well as configuring common features (e.g. network connectivity and email) for mobile operating systems Android and Apple iOS

AAT Certificate Level 2

This Level 2 qualification prepares you for developing your skills in double entry book-keeping and to gain a grasp of various routine accounting and commercial processes. You will learn basic costing principles, how to use manual and computerised accounting systems and working with sales, purchase and general ledgers. The course is divided into five units which will enable you to achieve the defined professional standards. 1) Processing bookkeeping transactions (9 credits) 2) Control accounts, journals and banking system (8 credits) 3) Working effectively in accounting and finance (5 credits) 4) Basic costing (8 credits) 5) Computerised accounting (4 credits)

Learning will be a mix of classroom teaching, individual and group activities, tutorials and self study. As an integral part of their study, students will be trained on Sage computerised accounting software


What is a work experience placement?

The term work experience refers to a specified period of time that a person spends with your business, during which they have an opportunity to learn directly about working life and the work environment.

Some work experience positions offer the chance for an individual to try particular tasks, while others provide the opportunity to watch and learn first-hand. The nature and length of the work experience can vary, but these arrangements can be agreed in advance with you, the employer, and the work experience student via the College.

Why is work experience important?

Work experience is vitally important for both young people and employers. The experience can help both make an informed decision about the future. The more first-hand knowledge and experience a young person is able to gain about a job role, the work environment and what is expected of them in the workplace, the more successful they will be in finding employment and fitting into their new role in the business. Equally, work experience can provide a business with a potential pipeline of new talent, the chance to ‘try before they buy’ and the reassurance that a potential new recruit has already gained some understanding of the work environment either through experience with them or another organisation.

Are work experience students paid?

There is no legal requirement for you to pay a student on work experience in your workplace as they are there to learn as part of a continuing programme of study. In some cases, however, employers do offer to contribute to travel expenses, pay for lunches or extend an employee benefit to the student.

What are the benefits of work experience to you the employer?

Work experience offers the following benefits for employers:

  • raise the profile of your business, particularly in terms of recruiting new talent
  • gain additional help at no extra cost
  • access new talent
  • boost morale of a current employees who can pass on their knowledge and experience to a work experience student
  • inject fresh ideas and energy into your business as students offer different perspectives and knowledge of the latest techniques and technologies
  • provides the opportunity for a current employee to mentor a young person and develop their own supervisory skills
  • raise the reputation of your business among young people (who may be future customers)
  • it is a great way to recruit and ‘try before you buy’ (some employers have offered students a permanent role, such as an apprenticeship on completion of their course or a part-time job whilst studying)
  • helps promote your entire industry as a career option and address sector skills shortages
  • improves your community engagement, which can lead to enhanced reputation and brand loyalty.

What are the benefits of work experience for a young person?

Work experience offers the following benefits for young people:

  • enables them to develop vital employability skills
  • provides an insight into the real work environment
  • builds confidence
  • increases their knowledge of a job role or industry and the skills it requires
  • increases their chance of finding employment on completion of their course
  • improves their communication skills, particularly in dealing with people of all ages
  • helps them build their CV
  • helps them understand how the skills they are learning in college relate to the workplace.

What are your responsibilities as an employer?

Taking on a young person for work experience in your organisation can be a straightforward process. Indeed, working with the Windsor Forest Colleges Group, we can advise you and endeavour to make the process as easy as possible for you.

Health & Safety: As with all staff, you will need to comply with all current Health and Safety Legislation. There are very few work activities a work experience student cannot do due to health and safety law. However, it is important to remember that you have primary responsibility for the health and safety of the student while they are in your workplace and you should manage any significant risks. For further advice on health and safety, you can visit www.hse.gov.uk/youngpeople/workexperience/placeprovide.htm

Insurance: Individuals on work experience should be covered by your existing Employer’s Liability Insurance and Public Liability Insurance, provided your insurer is a member of the Association of British Insurers. However, it is advisable that you inform your insurer that a work experience student will be on the premises and the dates.

Hours: In terms of working hours and conditions, start and finish times are not restricted to college hours, but must be agreed beforehand by all. A working day should be a maximum of 8 hours and a minimum half an hour break should be allowed after a 4.5 hour working period.

Guidance: A work experience student will need support and guidance during their placement, so you will need to ensure adequate supervision or monitoring is in place. It is good practice to allocate one or two employees to act as a mentor(s) for the student.

Induction: A work experience student should receive an induction to the workplace on their first day to help them understand the work environment, how it functions, what is expected of them and who are the key personnel as well as providing a chance for them to ask questions.

Variety: It is important to give the young person a variety of tasks throughout their placement with you and, if possible, provide them with a chance to rotate around different departments. This will enable them to gain a good overview of how the organisation works and the different functions.

How long does a work placement last?

The length of the work experience placement can vary according to the student’s programme. Our Work Experience Team will work with you to identify the duration of the placement to ensure it works for both you and the student.

What happens at the end of the work placement?

At the end of the placement, you should meet with your work experience student to review how everything went and provide feedback.

Why work with us?

At Windsor Forest Colleges Group, we support the employer as well as the student, to maximise the benefits of a work experience programme for both parties. We have over 40 years of experience working with SMEs and multinationals in a wide range of industries and take great care in matching the right individual to your business.

We have an excellent reputation for delivering high quality vocational training courses, so in the majority of cases the students we place on work experience will be learning skills directly relevant to your business or industry.

We have over 8,000 students studying across more than 800 courses, from engineering, construction and IT to catering, hairdressing and creative arts. Our courses start from beginner level right through to Higher Education (Level 4/5) and we offer state-of-the-art learning facilities at our three college campuses: Langley College, Strode’s College and Windsor College.

We offer:

  • a dedicated work experience team who understand the
  • needs of businesses
  • a work experience co-ordinator to support employers and work experience students
  • a workplace assessment
  • industry experts within the College
  • access to a pool of future talent and potential new recruits
  • a student and employer matching service.

What is the next step?

If you think you could offer a work experience opportunity to one (or more) of our students or would simply like to find out more, please contact the Work Experience team on the emails below:


Libby Fraser - Work Experience Specialist

Hairdressing & Beauty, Travel & Tourism, Hospitality & Catering

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Bintul Kazmi - Work Experience Specialist

IT & Business

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Marianne King - Work Experience Specialist

Childcare & Motor Vehicle

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Poonam Sharma - Work Experience Specialist/Personal Tutor

Sports, Public Services, Health & Social Care

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Fiona Doherty - Work Experience Specialist

Construction, Electrical & Engineering

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