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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.

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!

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 reach out to your Work Placement Coordinator or email

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!

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.

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

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 be able to evidence they have Employer’s Liability Insurance for the duration of the work placement.

    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.

    Many of our employers have offered our students part-time work after a successful work placement. As long as both parties agree and it does not impact the student’s studies, then this is fine.

    Yes – however, please do get in contact with us first so we can discuss and determine the best way forward for all involved.

    You must get Employers’ Liability insurance (ELI) 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.

      We are unable to approve a work placement without this. Please reach out to your Work Placement Coordinator to discuss if you need further guidance on this.