Work experience and work placements are an integral part of all full-time study programmes at the College. As a parent or carer of a young person studying at the College, you can play an important role in assisting them 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 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 whilst the young person is on placement.
Communicate with parents and carers where any difficulty or barrier exists to find suitable opportunities
Through a range of employability focused activities, 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 or placement 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 workbook which they complete as evidence, your support in them complete this is greatly appreciated
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
Can you help?
We are always looking for new employers we can approach to discuss opportunities for all students to complete work experience. The full range of courses we offer is 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 email@example.com
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)
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 websites 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