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Can your company help to get students ready for YOUR future workforce?


It is often said by employers that students are not ‘work-ready’ when they leave college. Your organisation can help play a part in shaping your future workforce by offering work placements for college students.  Here’s what Guy Bridges, Work Placement Co-ordinator, Technology Faculty, CWA has to say on the subject:

‘Under Department for Education guidance, colleges like ours are required to include work experience as an integrated part of the study programme for our 16-19 year old learners. The work experience should relate to the student’s chosen vocational course and it would be undertaken on a volunteer basis.

As Work Placement Co-ordinator for the Technology Faculty, my role is to assist construction, engineering and motor vehicle students in finding suitable work placements. The subjects our students are studying include: Brickwork, Painting and Decorating, Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrical, Engineering, Motor vehicle service and repair etc.

The requirement is for each student to complete a minimum of 30 hours’ work experience during the academic year. There is quite a bit of flexibility in how this could be implemented. Most students are at college for 3 days, leaving 2 week days and the weekend available for work experience. Employers offering work experience must have the appropriate employer’s liability insurance in place. We have experience with the administration process involved in setting up work experience placements with employers. This is minimal and can be completed, with the employers help, very quickly. Student selection is left entirely to the employer, usually on the basis of a brief interview.

We realise that taking on students for short periods of time can be seen as a bit of a burden to a business, but on the flipside, it could also be seen as an opportunity for employers to ‘test the water’ with individuals for future recruitment potential, with minimal obligation. We have already received support from some national employers with student work experience placement in our local branches. Local employers have also seen the benefit of being involved in work-placement collaboration.’

Whilst the above was written with Technology students in mind, this situation is similar for all students aged 16-19 on college courses.  Details of the work-placement requirement/conditions may vary according to subject area.  If you are interested in knowing more then please contact us using the form below.


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