Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Work experience

How will work experience help me?

Learning a new vocational skill is only one part of what college life is about. We will ensure you are given the opportunity to develop a range of skills that will help you achieve a successful future.

A good quality work experience placement will complement what you are learning in the classroom by helping you to develop your employability skills - the skills employers are looking for when they recruit.

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

How will work experience help me?

What will I gain from a work placement?

A work experience placement will help you:

  • 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 should be going out on work experience.

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


You should start looking for relevant employers that may be able to offer you work experience now.

You can also ask family and friends if they are in an industry sector that is relevant to your chosen course subject.

How does it work?

How does it work?


You will be given a Work Experience Registration Form to complete and return to us so that the placement can be agreed and any necessary checks completed. This must be returned at least six weeks before the planned placement start date.


During your placement you will record your tasks, activities and achievements in a Work Experience Journal.

This information can be used to create a CV, update your Individual Learning Plan or provide evidence towards your coursework.

How does it work?

Want to find out more?

Contact our work experience team
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