Work Experience & Placements

HOW DO STUDENT PLACEMENTS BENEFIT YOUR ORGANISATION?

Work experience and placements are a flexible method of support without the associated commitment of taking on a new employee. We offer financial support and incentives for some of our placement models, with the opportunity for organisations to claim £1,000 per student.

We can help you to:

  • Attract motivated young people to your business with fresh ideas and often highly developed digital capability.
  • Improve the recruitment pipeline.
  • Address local and national skills gaps developing in young people the skills your industry needs.
  • Develop employee mentoring and management skills.
  • Build a more diverse and creative workforce.
  • Play an important role in the local community.
  • Build partnerships with local training and education providers.
  • Save on recruitment costs, providing the opportunity to see what the young person can offer, on a no obligation employment basis.

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Placement Overview

All full-time students carry out some form of work placement or experience during their time at College. This can be working on an employer-led project, spending a few days with a company, or something more substantial like a yearlong placement with an employer working for one or two days a week.

We work with local, regional and national organisations to provide work experience and placements. Our relationships with businesses are an important aspect of developing students and supporting their career progression.

We offer a variety of different placement models, which can be tailored to your specific business needs. We work closely with you to understand your offer and needs to ensure that the placement benefits our students and your business.

We have three types of placement:

(1) Qualification Requirement Work Placements

We provide courses with mandatory placement hours associated to the qualification. This means that students on these courses must attend a placement and meet a minimum number of hours to achieve the qualification. Courses areas with mandatory placements include:

  • Health and Social Care
  • Childcare and Early Years
  • Animal Management
  • Floristry
  • Teacher Education and Teaching Assistants
  • Sports Coaching

If you can provide a student placement, please complete the form at the bottom of this page and a member of our Work Placement Team will contact you.

(2) INDUSTRY PLACEMENTS

Industry Placements are the most substantial form of placement. Students complete a minimum of 315 hours, over one or two academic years. This means that you have an additional member of staff for a significant period of time. Employers willing to take a student on an Industry Placement can access financial incentives of up to £1,000 per student.

For T Level subjects, we have four key pathways for 2021/22, please find them listed below:

  • Health and Social Care: Mental Health, Nursing and Professional Healthcare
  • Education: Teaching and Childcare
  • Construction: Civil Engineering
  • Digital: Digital Design and Development

Alongside these core T Levels, we are also looking for employers for our Industry Placement Pilot scheme through the ESFA. Students are looking for Industry Placements in the following subjects:

  • Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy
  • Catering and Hospitality
  • Construction – Electrical Installation, Joinery, Plumbing, Painting, Plastering, Brickwork
  • Engineering – Electrical and Mechanical
  • Creative – Media, Graphics, Photography and Fashion
  • Horticulture

Students on Industry Placements are supported by a dedicated Work Placement Assessor who monitors their progress over the 300+ hours during placement.

Please contact us through the form below and our Work Placement Team will provide guidance and information on Industry Placements.

(3) Study Programme Placements

These are placements that all students have to complete. They are a minimum of 15 hours across an academic year. Every student is encouraged to find some form of work experience associated with their course. They can carry out these placements through working on-site, on an employer-led project, or on a virtual placement.

Placements Support

Our Work Placement Team is a dedicated support resource to guide you through the process from initial enquiry to the student starting work.

  1. Your initial enquiry for student placement / work experience.
  2. We arrange a meeting or call you to find out more about your requirements.
  3. We liaise with our tutors to gauge student interest and ensure that the right candidate is put forward for the placement.
  4. We visit your organisation to complete an Employer Agreement (agree the objectives of the placement) and a simple Health and Safety check to ensure the environment is safe for our learner.
  5. You meet the student for an informal chat or interview and agree a start date.
  6. We monitor the placement and support you for the agreed placement duration.

Contact the Work Placement Team on 01942 761530 or workplacements@wigan-leigh.ac.uk or complete the enquiry form.

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