Work Placements FAQs

Do I need to pay the student? It’s your choice. You can decide whether or not to pay the learner, and how much.

How are work placements different to work experience? Work experience usually involves a student observing for 1 or 2 weeks, who may not have  studied a relevant course. Work placements are for a minimum of 40 days, hosting students on a relevant course who will have the time, technical skills and knowledge to add value to your business.

Will there be lots of paperwork? No. Templates will be provided for all legal, health and safety, insurance and other documents, an will be pre-populated where possible to minimise your workload.

How can I balance this with core business activities? Students will be assessed  to ensure they are of a suitable standard before coming to you on a work placement. We recommend you agree their goals and responsibilities for the placement at the start and monitor their progress towards these. We are confident that given the the opportunity, they will add value! Colleges will be on hand to support if challenges arise, to ensure both parties get the greatest value from the placement.

What support will I receive? Colleges will support you to set up the placements, from dealing with administration to helping you find the right student. Once a placement begins, colleges will continue to provide support to both the learner and line manager, where necessary, and will seek to learn and improve the process over the course of the placement.  

How can I make sure I get suitable students? All learners will be joining you from a course relevant to your industry.  You will work with the college to find the best student for your organisation. If you would like to, you can hold a CV screening and/or interview process.