Offering Industry Placements and Work Experience
A student's study programme is designed to prepare young people for their future career. Employer-led involvement is the essential ingredient in making students work-ready.
Our newly formed team of designated Work Placement Officers help and support all employers throughout students' work placements. The team will match talented individuals with your organisation, and offer support, advnce and guidance to all employers to ensure that placements are successful for all stakeholders.
Industry placements and work experience:
- Provides a talent pipeline to develop and inspire your future workforce
- Plugs skills gaps
- Is an opportunity to support learners in gaining the skills employers want
- Helps to bridge the gap between education and employment
- Contributes to sustainable recruitment and employment
- Develops existing staff through mentoring and gives them an opportunity to share skills and knowledge with your future workforce.
Work experience is a period of time in which a student temporarily works for an employer to gain vital experience.
Students undertaking Level 2 and 3 study programmes must do at least five days or 37 hours of work experience (some courses require students to undertake a more substantial placement).
Industry placements offer students the opportunity to gain an extended period of work experience within a professional environment.
Students on Level 3 study programmes must undertake industry placements of 45-60 days, or at least 315 hours. Industry placements will form part of Technical education reforms and new T Level qualifications due to be launched in 2020.
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Weston College will be at the forefront of the T Level ‘revolution’, as one of 54 providers selected to pilot the new qualification.
T Levels will be available in 15 industry-related subjects, known as ‘pathways’. We will deliver the Digital: Digital Production, Design and Development T Level from September 2020.
T Levels provide learners with a genuine alternative, and equivalent, to A Levels. They’re two year courses, aimed at 16 to 19-year-olds who would rather study work-related courses than traditional classroom based subjects.
An integral component of each T Level programme is a high-quality, structured and outcome-focused industry placements.
Industry placements will be critical to learners, who need to complete a minimum of 315 hours (45 days) worth of experience, before they can complete their qualification. The T Level will also give your business early access to the brightest talent entering the industry.
Interested in offering an industry placement or work experience?
If you have any questions or would like to speak to someone please get in touch.
What Our Employers Say
National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain:
"The Industry Placement programme has had a really positive impact on us."