Work placements allow you to experience the world of work, think about your future and find a career that interests you. We help full-time learners, aged 16-18; we'll empower you to find a suitable placement yourself, or if you're struggling, we can contact employers on your behalf. Work placements will help you:
Better career decision making - you’ll get a taste of what a job or workplace is like, so you can see if you're interested in that kind of career.
Improved self-confidence - working with other people and performing tasks well in the workplace will build your confidence.
It strengthens your CV - work experience shows that you're enthusiastic and ready to work hard. Future employers, colleges and universities will be interested in any experiences that help you to stand out.
Gain new skills - getting to work on time, working alongside other people and understanding employer expectations will add to your knowledge and understanding of the workplace.
Connect with employers - you’ll meet people at work and you might attend meetings or events. Some of these contacts may provide you with a reference or help you in the future.
A placement needs to provide sufficient time for you to gain some meaningful experience, but not so long that employers will struggle to cover this. Ideally, a placement should be for a minimum of 30 hours – requiring around one day per week over five or more weeks – preferably on a day when you are not studying in College.
Try a few employers to gain a placement, as not every company will be in the position to offer you a placement so you may need to persevere.
If you are struggling to find a placement, ask your tutor to liaise with the Work Experience Team so that they can consider alternative options for you.
Once you have a placement, you’ll need to let your main course tutor know so that they can check that the company has the appropriate insurance and meets all Health & Safety requirements.
Throughout the placement you’ll complete a ‘Work Experience Learner Record’ and gain employer feedback – this will look great on your CV.
Before the placement, you’ll need to familiarise yourself with the location, dress code and working hours and make suitable travel arrangements so that you arrive on time.
You will need to have realistic expectations of the likely duties you may be given, as you are only on placement for a short period of time and it takes time to acquire new skills. Most placements contain real, interesting work mixed with developmental tasks that introduce you to different parts of the company. You can also learn a lot by observing employees doing different tasks.
The duties you are able to carry out will vary; depending on the area of work you have chosen and how quickly you can develop the level of competence the employer is looking for. You will usually be expected to work ‘normal working hours’ for the business you are attending.
If you’re interested in a work placement, you must already be studying on a full-time pathway in College. Please speak to your main course tutor or Careers Coach.
For information on how to find your work placement click the button below.
I’ve enjoyed my placement so much. It’s a proper working environment so I’m learning things here that I wouldn’t necessarily learn in College. The people from Bolton at Home have been so supportive and my tutor from College even came out to see me to make sure everything was going well – he’s so encouraging.
Stephanie Marsh, Painting & Decorating Diploma Level 1 - work placement at Bolton at Home
I’ve enjoyed the placement so much. Urban Outreach is a charity so we’ve been doing bag packing and putting things together for people who don’t have enough to eat. It's been a great opportunity; I’ve learnt a lot by coming here because the people have been so friendly and approachable.
Ivan Varady, ESOL - work placement at Urban Outreach