What is a work placement?
A work placement offers the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills you have developed on your course in a workplace setting. If you have never had a part time job before you will find it very useful as it could boost your employability skills and give you an understanding of a real work environment.
How long is a work placement?
A placement will vary in length. It could be a; short intensive project, or two days a week for a few months or one full week. It could happen in term time or in the college holidays.
The length and timing of the placement will be agreed between the placement provider, the student and the tutor.
Where could I go?
Depending on your course and what you are interested in we will try and find an opportunity that is going to be of real benefit to you. You could be in a small or large company, or working on a specific project or working in the voluntary sector.
What will I get out of work experience?
- Gain experience of applying for jobs and interviews.
- Opportunity to try out a job / work place and see if is really for you.
- Gain valuable experience in a career you want to follow.
- Could lead to paid part time or full time job or apprenticeship.
- Helps you to develop skills employers want, which will make you more employable.
- You now have an employer who can give you a reference.
- Opportunity to network and make useful contacts with organisations which will help when looking for future work.
- Allows you to experience the pace and responsibilities of the workplace.
How can I get involved?
- If your tutor first has already organised a time when your group will be doing work experience, the Work Placement Officer will visit your course during induction and explain the process to you and answer any questions.
- If you are interested in a placement and it is not in your course, then decide what you would like to do on work experience and complete the ‘Work Placement – Student Requirements’ form.
- Want a placement but can’t decide what you want to do? Contact our careers advisers who can help you decide.
Important health and safety information
The work placement officer endeavours to visit all work placements before they begin, to undertake a thorough health and safety risk assessment and find out more information about the placement, so they can match it to the student. If students are under 18, then the parent/carer must sign a consent form.
Do you work for a company that is happy to offer work experience to Bath College students? Find out how you can get involved.
How much will work experience cost?
Worried about any additional costs involved in your work experience? If your son/daughter needs specific equipment, clothing or has to pay more money to get to their work placement, we may be able to help.