Work Experience

Work experience is a great opportunity to put learning into practice whilst gaining knowledge about a job or area of work. It can inform and support future career choices or study options and could lead to an apprenticeship or full-time work.

Work experience also provides the opportunity to demonstrate employability skills on a CV, helping students to stand out from the crowd while giving employers an insight into the talented students on their doorstep.

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Information for students:

“Two thirds of employers rate quality work experience as being of critical or significant value for young entrants to the labour market” Department of Education’s Employers’ Perspectives Survey

When does work experience take place?

Speak to your tutor or progress coach to find out when your department has scheduled your work experience (WEX) placement dates and the number of hours you need to complete. Work experience placements can be as little as one week up to 45 days (industry placements) depending on the course you are studying.

What support will you receive?

Your tutor or progress coach will support you throughout the process. You will receive training around expectations in the workplace, covering issues such as timekeeping, dress code and language. You will also be made aware of your responsibilities whilst on placement, including your duties under health and safety legislation. Support in finding a placement will be provided by your tutors, progress coaches and the Work Experience & Industry Placement Team.

Types of work experience placements:

  • Short Work Experience – this typically lasts between one and two weeks and normally involves observation or ‘shadowing’, alongside assisting employers with day-to-day tasks and duties.
  • Work Placements – Some courses require students to complete a set number of days/hours as part of the course qualification, such as Health and Social care, Early Years, Animal Care and Catering. The awarding organisations often require students to submit evidence in the form of timesheets, tutor assessments, written assessments or synoptic tests to confirm knowledge and understanding of the curriculum learning outcomes. Typically, between 100 - 300hrs are required.
  • Industry Placements –This placement gives you an excellent opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills in the industry you want to enter. You will complete at least 315 hours, approximately 45days with an external employer. You will work towards a set of unique learning objectives, record experiences in a logbook and attend review meetings. At the end, you will have greatly enhanced your job prospects and your CV.

Any questions?

If you would like more information, please contact the Work Experience & Industry Placement Team on:
020 8394 3325 or email








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