Work placements are a mandatory part of every course at West Suffolk College. We are constantly engaging with new employers to provide our students with valuable, industry relevant experience.
How can you support a student?
There are many ways students can engage with you. This includes:
- External Work Placements
- Industry Placements
- Employer Led Projects
- Virtual Work Experience
- Employer Talks
If you would like more information, please fill out the enquiry box below.
What are Industry Placements?
The Department of Education 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. T Levels are classroom-based, technical study programmes - sitting alongside A-Levels and Apprenticeships. Students will be expected to complete 315 hours over the course of their 2 year course. T-Levels will be rolling out at WSC in September 2021.
Industry placements give you a chance to work alongside the next generation of workers entering your industry, making sure they develop the knowledge, attitude, and practical skills to succeed.
Introduction of T Levels - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Why offer an Industry Placement?
Industry placements give you:
- Fresh ideas and input from the next generation
- A talent pipeline for the future
- A way for you to fill skills gaps
- An opportunity to build a more diverse workforce
- An enhanced reputation in your community
- A chance for staff to develop supervisory and mentoring skills
Incentive payment for taking on T-Level Industry Placement!
The government have announced a £1,000 incentive payment for employers who host industry placements between 27 May 2021 and 31 July 2022 – this will be per student. This is for the relevant T-Level courses we will be rolling out in September. See below link for more details.
Thank you for your interest in offering an industry placement to a student in your workplace. Industry placements give young people studying towards a technical qualification practical experience directly related to their course, helping prepare them for the world of work. All students at West Suffolk College aged 16-18 must complete a form of placement with an external employer; this can either be a regular work placement or a 315-hour industry placement.
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