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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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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.

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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 

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To find out more about partnering with the college or other ways you can get involved with supporting our students please call our Work Placement Manager Cassandra Fisher on 07919 508 227 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you have any questions, please contact the team:

Max Harvey – Engineering, Computing and Automotive - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 07887 219 701 

Kat Starie – Hair and Beauty, Policing and Public Services – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 07810 798 241 

Pam Welsford – Construction Services – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 07919 508 076 

Connie Gibbs – Business and Travel and Tourism – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 07920 411 778 

John Elliott – Science and Animal Management – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 07887 219 676 

or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.