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.
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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