Industry placements give young people who are studying a technical qualification practical experience which is directly related to their course, helping prepare them for the world of work. The longer placement duration of 350 hours ensures students are given sufficient time to master the essentials and that employers have the opportunity to mould and foster the student’s technical abilities so they are more likely to add value and make a lasting impact on the business.

Employers like you are playing a key role in creating opportunities for young people in our local community who are at the start of their careers and enabling them to develop their technical skills and build confidence. We are currently looking for employers to offer industry placements in the following areas:

  • Health & Social Care
  • Business
  • Creative
  • Engineering
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Carpentry & Joinery
  • Why should my business get involved?
    An industry placement is not only your chance to give back and help inspire the next generation to work in your industry, but they also bring a range of benefits to your business:

    Immediate benefits

    • Bring a fresh perspective into your business
    • Give your employees opportunities to coach and mentor
    • Extra resources for your projects and day-to-day operations 

    Long term benefits

    • Help address current and future skills shortages
    • Strengthen your recruiting pipeline
    • Inspire the next generation to work in your industry
  • What do I need to do?

    • Provide an industry placement of 350 hours for a student who is on a course which is directly relevant to your industry. The timing and structure of the placement will be 2 days a week from January 2021(including 4 full weeks) until end of June 2021.
    • Agree relevant learning objectives for the placement. The learning objectives should be occupationally specific to your industry and we would ask you to set quality tasks that enable the student to work towards those objectives.
    • Ensure there is a safe work environment and opportunities for the student to develop their technical skills within your industry.
    • Provide a line manager to support, supervise and mentor the student and who will have regular contact with the college Industry Placement Officers to discuss their progress.
    • At the end of the placement, provide a reference giving feedback on the student’s commitment and progress against the learning objectives set for the placement.
  • What will the student and college offer?
    • The student will be work ready and will have a clear understanding of the role and how it will allow them to develop their skills.
    • Students will be matched with employers and roles suitable to their skills and career aspirations, and you will have an opportunity to interview them for the role.
    • Students will have targets and objectives, and will record the work they are doing via an app. There will be reviews involving the college, student and employer to make sure everything’s on track.

Contact us

To find out more, or to discuss any other requirements for training and support for your business, contact us on: 01283 494510 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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