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All of our placement students have been given a basic training of skills in your industry and can’t wait to join you.

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What are Work Placements?

Work experience is an essential part of our full-time courses. It gives you the opportunity to develop your career choices, get a taste of work, and develop those critical employability skills needed for real working conditions. All students will undertake work experience as part of their course.

Work experience can take many forms, from work tasters, participation in social interaction, working within West Suffolk College to an external work placement. The amount of time you’ll spend on work experience will depend on the course, but your commitment to College and Work Experience combined will be a total of five days a week.

What are Industry Placements?

Two thirds of employers’ rate work experience as being of significant or critical value for young entrants to the labour market and half of employers believe a top priority for education providers should be developing awareness of working life with support from businesses (UKCES’ Employer Perspectives Survey 2014).

This is why the Department for Education have made a commitment that all 16 to 19 year old students following a new technical education route will be entitled to a quality industry placement to arm them with the relevant technical skills they need to give them the best possible opportunity to enter skilled employment.

Industry placements will be a mandatory part of new T Levels. T Levels are rigorous, classroom-based, technical study programmes at level 3, designed to support entry to skilled employment in technical occupations at level 3 and above. A substantial, high quality industry placement with an external employer will be an essential part of each T Level.

These industry placements will give students a valuable opportunity to put their learning into practice, develop their technical skills and become more employable. Students will spend a minimum of 45 working days with an external employer in a role directly relevant to their course.

Currently, we are looking for employers who can provide industry placements in Computing, Science, Engineering, Construction, Business, Animal Science and Automotive.

For more information on Industry Placements, click here.

Why should my business get involved?

Industry Placements are being introduced by the Department for Education to give learners on Level 3 Technical education courses the chance to put into practice the knowledge and technical skills they have

  • Immediate benefits
    • Extra resources for your projects and day-to-day operations from students developing skills in a course relevant to your business and industry
    • Gives your employees the opportunity to develop management and mentorship skills
    • Brings a fresh perspective into your business
  • Long term benefits
    • To help address the current and future skills shortages in your industry
    • To strengthen your recruitment pipeline
    • To inspire the next generation to work in your industry
    • To build brand value and corporate reputation
  • What do I need to do?
    • You will provide a minimum placement of 45 days for a student studying a course relevant to your business
    • You will arrange this directly with West Suffolk College
    • You will have a line manager who would be responsible for the student
    • You will provide a safe environment for the student to work in and opportunities to develop their technical skills within your industry

If you're ready to take on an Industry Placement student, please get in contact with us:

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Phone: Speak to our Industry Placement Manager on 07919 508 227