Work experience

74% of employers think work experience is critical or significant when recruiting young people

All our full-time students are given the opportunity to access a high quality external work placement to increase their employability awareness and skills. 

74% of employers think work experience is critical or significant when recruiting young people

What will I gain from a work placement?

  • Develop new skills
  • Increase in confidence
  • Become more independent
  • Work in a team
  • Develop skills and knowledge for your CV and future interviews
  • Do something different
  • Gain career ideas
  • Learn about the world of work
  • Gain a sense of achievement
What will I gain from a work placement?

How does it work?


During your first few weeks at college, you will be told when you are scheduled to be going out on work experience.

This might be for a block week, or an extended placement of 1-2 days per week over several weeks.


Each department has an allocated Work Experience Coordinator, who you will meet during one of your early tutorials. This will be a chance for you to find out more about the process, and for the Work Experience Coordinator to find out more about you and your interests and any part-time work or other commitments you may have. 

How does it work?

How does it work?


The Work Experience Coordinator will then match you to a suitable placement with one of the many employers we work closely with, and confirm all the details to you in plenty of time before your allocated start date.  


During your placement, you will record your tasks, hours and achievements in a Work Experience Journal. This information can then be used to update your CV or to provide evidence towards your coursework. Once you return to College after placement, you’ll be asked to fully evaluate your experience and reflect on the skills and experience you have gained.

How does it work?

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  • Work Experience opportunities for International students

    This is a unique opportunity for international students to gain valuable work experience for their future career and personal development. We take great care to match meaningful and relevant work placement with students’ profiles.


    • Available for students aged 16+
    • Minimum level of English B1
    • For students with EU/EEA passport
    • Some placements may require previous experience

    Key features:

    • Wide range of sectors
    • Health and safety checked work placements
    • Preparation session
    • Support visits
    • Year-round (start any-Monday)
    • Final reference letter from employer
    • Only four-week lead-time to placement
    • Available for individuals and groups

    All courses and work placement opportunities are subject to availability. Work placement fee: £140 per week plus £30 booking fee.

    To find out more, contact our international team: Email: | Call: +44(0) 1273 667752