South Staffordshire College

Work Experience

With many employers increasingly looking for experience as well as academic achievement in candidates for their positions, work placements have an increasing importance towards gaining a good job. It can also allow you to:

  • Experience a range of work environments and make useful contacts with organisations which will help when looking for future employment.
  • Gain valuable experience in a career you want to follow.
  • It could lead you to a full time job or apprenticeship.
  • Develop skills that employers will value such as, working within a team.


How long will my placement last?

The length of the placement will vary on the requirements of the course. For courses that don’t require a compulsory work placement, learners are expected to complete 30 hours of work experience outside of regular college hours. This could be through a short project, block placement during the holidays or a few days a week.

Where can I attend placement?

There are plenty of work experience opportunities related to every course of study. You could be working in a small or large company, working on a specific project or in a voluntary role.

Getting involved

All courses at South Staffordshire College provide the opportunity for work experience. Your course tutor will arrange a time for the designated Work Placement Officer to deliver a work experience induction to your group which will give you all the information you need about finding a work experience placement and the chance to have a 1:1 discussion about your work experience options.

Want to know more?

Please do not hesitate to contact us on 01785 710530 or email us at:   


Health and safety:
It is the role of the work placement officers to visit all work placements before a learner begins there, to undertake a health and safety risk assessment. This takes into account the quality of the placement and the company’s risk management procedures. A learner will not be allowed to attend a placement that does not have Employers and Public Liability insurance.
Please note: Students under the age of 18 will have to have a signed consent form (WP1)

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