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Frequently Asked Questions

We know that you may have questions about offering a work placement to a student so we have put together a handy list of FAQs that may help.

What is the benefit to me as a business for taking on work placement students?

Many of our employers we work with use work experience as a fantastic way of demonstrating corporate social responsibility.

Not only does offering work experience help young people in your local community to develop their work skills and ensure they enjoy the roles they are looking to secure in the future, but it also ensures businesses have played a part in developing the talent of their future workforce. Many of our employers find their future recruits through offering work placement.

By offering work placements you are also helping to promote your business to the future working generation and raise the profile of your business in the local community.

By working with the college to provide case studies of your experience we can also promote via our website and other social media and digital marketing channels so you have the benefit of lots of free marketing!

What do the students go on to do after College?

It depends! Some students go on to undertake further study at university, some undertake an apprenticeship, and some go straight into employment!

If you want to know the aspirations of a student who is planned to do a placement with you, please speak to your Work Placement Officer.

How many students do I need to provide work placements for?

That depends on how many placements you can offer! There is no maximum or minimum. Whether it is a one off, or you’d like to offer regular or multiple placements, please do get in touch!

How long do the work placements have to be?

We ask that employers can offer a minimum of a 30 hour placement. When and how it takes place is up to you!

Placements can be a traditional ‘block’ placement or can be spread over a number of weeks, or even months!

Placements can take place at any time over the academic year, aside from during assessments.

If a short placement would not support your business model we also have students who require extended placements of 340 hours over a longer period of time. These enable you to build a longer working relationship with the student and provide them more in depth and challenging duties that would support your business needs.

Please contact the Work Placement team for further information.

If you are keen to get involved but can’t offer 30 hours we can look at other options too.

What do I need to do before providing a work placement?

All employers must complete our Pre-Placement Employer Checks, which can be completed with the help of one of our Work Placement Officers.

We offer guidance and assistance throughout the process and if there is something you are unsure about we can generally point you in the right direction!

All employers must also have Employer’s Liability Insurance.

Do I have to pay learners for work placements? Can I pay them, if I want to? Do I have to cover any expenses they incur?

There is no requirement to pay learners. There is no requirement to cover any expenses either. However, if you would like to this is fine.

Can I offer a learner part -time work if they’ve impressed me during their work placement?

Many of our employers have offered our students part-time work after a successful work placement. As long as both parties are in agreement and it doesn’t impact the student’s studies this is fine.

Can I ask learners to stop attending their work placement if I am not happy with their performance?

Please get in contact with us first to discuss this and review the options.

Why do I need to have Employers’ Liability Insurance for a work placement? I’ve never had it before, and I’ll pay for any damages or issues caused out of my own pocket.

You must get Employers’ Liability (EL) insurance as soon as you become an employer (work experience counts as employing a person even if you don't pay them) - your policy must cover you for at least £5 million and come from an authorised insurer.

This falls under the The Employers' Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969.

In addition, you can be fined £2,500 every day you are not properly insured.

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