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Work experience is invaluable to students looking to gain practical experience in a real-work environment.

Work experience is normally 30 hours and is undertaken as a central part of the study programme at college. The content of a work experience placement varies from employer to employer and is ultimately dependant on the level of the student and what can be offered by the employer.

A work experience placement usually takes place over a working week, but the hours are flexible and can be negotiated for both the student and employer.

For Employers

Our aim is to help young people prepare themselves for the world of work. The excellent relationships that the Business Services team have established with employers large and small enable us to offer every 16-18 year old student the opportunity of work experience, in an industry sector that interests them.

Offering work experience helps students develop the personal, employability skills that employers value – skills such as self-confidence, teamwork, communication skills and community awareness, which can often be the deciding factor at job interviews. In many cases, it can also lead to full- or part-time employment or an Apprenticeship, but even if it doesn’t lead to a job offer, it will always look great on their CV for future employment.

Benefits to the employer include:

  • Helping to bridge the gap between education and the workplace, creating a more skilled workforce for the future
  • Playing a part in closing the skill gap affecting many industries
  • Providing yourself access to a pool of future employees
  • It is a great opportunity to develop Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR)
  • Placements are flexible which allows employers to develop bespoke projects that support your business needs as well as providing invaluable student experience

We would like to work with employers who are interested in providing students with a realistic insight into their workplace, their business and their industry sector.

For more information on work experience or industry placements as an employer, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01753 443855.

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