Student's Guide to Work Experience

Work experience and work placements are an integral part of all full-time study programmes at the College.
 

We will:
  • Provide you with guidance and support to help you find suitable work experience and placements
  • Undertake robust health and safety checks with employers prior to any placement or activity taking place
  • Manage any issues or difficulties which may arise while you are on placement
  • Communicate with parents and carers where any difficulty or learning barrier may exist to find suitable opportunities for you
  • Support the student in gaining valuable skills for the workplace, relevant to their chosen industry through a range of employability focused activities
 

We have dedicated teams of work experience and work placement co-ordinators on every campus, who support students and employers to make every work experience activity or placement a successful and rewarding one.

It has been the case that students who have completed work experience have received offers of paid employment or have progressed to an apprenticeship. For all students, work experience is an opportunity to put into practice, in a work setting, the industry skills they have learned at college.

 

Tips for Finding Work Experience:
  • Ask friends and family for someone to contact
  • Lecturers, careers advisors or work experience coordinators may know of opportunities
  • Read local guides such as Denton’s Directory or your local directory and local papers
  • Look at part-time job vacancy advertisements – are they looking for part-time staff? You may get a work experience trial, which could lead you to a job!
  • Use the internet, look for local companies offering the kind of work you want
  • Some company web-sites have a section to apply for work experience or for voluntary work
  • Stay “positive”, if you get turned down, keep looking!
How to do it:
  • Contact the manager, in person, by phone, by email or by letter
  • In big companies, contact the Human Resources (HR) office
  • Prepare yourself before phoning, write down what you want to say, have a pen / pencil ready
  • Write down the name of the person you are talking to and make notes as you go
  • Have your CV with you so that you can explain to the employer the skills you have
  • Be polite and respectful even if they say no as you could find yourself going back to them for a fulltime job! They are very likely to remember you if you made a good impression
  • Ask to leave your contact details for future opportunities

 

 

Support every step of the way

You can email us at workexperience@wiltshire.ac.uk

Alternatively, contact:

Work Experience Team Leader on 07500 886257 (Lackham and HE placements)

Work Experience Co-ordinator on 07500886195 (Trowbridge)

Work Experience Co-ordinator on 07500886189 (Chippenham)

Work Experience Co-ordinator on 07886285343 (Salisbury)
 

Documents

Work Experience Form