Work Experience Placements
Work Experience is an integral part of all full-time study programmes at the College.
Our dedicated work placement team work with a wide range of employers and will support you in finding the right work placement to fit your chosen career path.
As a parent or carer of a young person studying at the College, you can play an important role in assisting then in finding suitable opportunities, as well as supporting and encouraging them throughout their placement or other work-related activity.
Whilst many young people engage positively with work experience and manage this step towards their future careers very well, we also understand that this is not always the case. The College will work with parents and carers as appropriate to provide support and guidance, working together to help the young person progress.
The College will:
- Encourage and provide guidance to students to support them in finding suitable work experience.
- Undertake robust health and safety checks with employers prior to any placement or activity taking place.
- Manage any issues or difficulties, which may arise whilst the young person is on placement.
- Communicate with parents and carers where any difficulty or barrier exists to find suitable opportunities
- Support the students in gaining valuable skills for the workplace, relevant to their chosen industry
What we ask from you:
- That you encourage the young person to find their own opportunities with employers - this is an important step to help them practice job searching skills for future employment
- Suggest contacts for the young person to try - this might be family, friends, neighbours or work colleagues that may be able to offer work experience opportunities
- Support the young person to plan and prepare for placement, with travel plans and correct equipment (especially protective clothing and equipment)
- If possible, discuss the activities they are doing – students on placement are required to complete a log of their hours and the daily tasks they complete as evidence, your support in them complete this is greatly appreciated
We have dedicated teams Placement Officers 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.
Can you help?
We are always looking for new employers we can approach to discuss opportunities for all students to complete work experience and industry placements. The full range of courses we offer are available on the college website. If you have any contacts, we can approach who may be able to help, please let us know.
You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Work Experience Form
Tips for Finding Work Experience
- Ask friends and family for someone to contact
- Lectuters, careers advisors or work experience coordinators may know of opportunities
- Read local guides such as Denton's Directory or your local directory and lcoal 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 comapnies offering the kind of work you want
- Some campany 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
Work Experience and Placements Guides:
Employer guide to work experience and industry placements
Student guide to work experience and placements