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Guidance for employers providing work placements

A work placement is an ideal opportunity to introduce young people to the reality of working life within an organisation and to help them towards securing and sustaining future employment.
By taking students on work placement, you are giving them an opportunity to be engaged, inspired and informed about what working life is like, as well as experiencing the reality of their preferred sector of employment on a day-to-day basis.

York College work placements

If you are considering accepting a student on a placement you may like to know more about our aims and how we would like to achieve them.
Our aims are to allow students to:

  • access opportunities which will widen their knowledge and skills beyond their studies
  • gain general experience and acquire further employability and transferable skills cultivate themselves, thus ensuring that they are workplace ready in the future


All York College students who require work placements are aged 16 and above. They will have received guidance from course tutors and the Work Placement Team about the type of organisation and workplace which would be most beneficial.


Business benefits of work placements

Hosting a work placement student helps you:

  • find potential members of staff
  • get additional help at no cost
  • develop your existing employees
  • get new ideas and perspectives
  • raise your profile
  • gain new understanding of modern learning
  • help to up-skill a new generation of workers


If you feel you could offer a student work placement opportunity or have any further questions please contact the Work Placement Office:
Work Placement Office
Telephone: 01904 770830
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Click here for our guide for employers providing work placements.

Guidance for students on work placements

York College students have had work placements with a wide range of employers, in a wide range of fields.

Work placements are unpaid work experience positions and can be extremely beneficial in helping you gain skills and experience needed for your future. Whether you are heading into work, an apprenticeship or are still unsure what you plan to do after college, work placements are an essential part of your learning experience in preparation for your future working life.

  • A placement will help you because:
  • It will give you a better chance of obtaining a job or further training
  • It will make your CV stand out
  • You can shadow someone in the career you’re interested in
  • You can make useful contacts in the world of work
  • You can try out a profession before you dive into it
  • It will help build your confidence

What I am required to do?

All students at York College who have decided to go into employment or an apprenticeship as their next step are required to attend a work placement. Your tutor can inform you whether a work placement is a mandatory part of your learning and can be a useful person to talk to about existing contacts that could be used to arrange your work placement. A Work Placement Officer will be a useful point of contact and can also help to arrange the placement.

Why should I do a work placement?

  • Young people are more likely to be successful in their job hunt if they have done undertaken a useful placement.
  • If you are unsure about your ultimate career choice, a work placement is a perfect way to see what’s out there. It’s a way of exploring different jobs without actually committing to anything.
  • It’s the best way to get a real sense of your chosen industry. You’ll get to speak to employees and ask them questions. You won’t know what it’s like until you get closer to the action.
  • Completing a work placement shows commitment and interest. It provides evidence that you are motivated about your chosen career and that you’ve got hands on experience to back up your learning.
  • A work placement gives you something concrete to put on your CV and something interesting to talk about in an interview situation.

Where can I find a Work Placement Officer?

The Placement team is located in room 2F/106a. We look forward to helping you with your placement.

Click here for our guide for students undertaking work placements.

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