How to make industry placements work

Local businesses can take advantage of an exciting opportunity from City College Plymouth, where students gain a direct insight into the workplace through the Industry Placements programme.

These industry placements will support the future delivery of T Levels, new level 3 technical courses for 16- to 19-year-olds that have been designed by employers.

An industry placement provides a longer, more structured placement in the workplace of 315 hours (approximately 45-50 days) for young people to develop real work skills and make a meaningful contribution to an organisation.

Skills areas involved in the programme include a wide range of industries such as business, catering, construction, engineering and manufacturing, creative and design, digital, education and childcare, hair and beauty, and many more.

Work experience is an important facilitator for young people entering, and succeeding, in the workplace; around two-thirds (65%) of employers reported that relevant work experience was a critical or significant factor when taking on (any aged) recruit.

That is why the Department for Education (DfE) made a commitment that all 16- to 19-year-old students following a new technical education route will be entitled to a quality industry placement to arm them with the technical skills they need to give them the best possible chance for entering skilled employment.

During the present climate of uncertainty faced by businesses, City College Plymouth is seeking to work in partnership with employers to help make a meaningful contribution to an organisation and support the current and future workforce.

Industry placements give an organisation:

  • fresh ideas and input from the next generation
  • a talent pipeline for the future such as entry-level jobs or Apprenticeships
  • a way to fill skills gaps
  • a chance for staff to develop supervisory and mentoring skills
  • an enhanced reputation in your community

The Government has now launched an industry placement support site which has a wealth of further information for employers:

For more information, contact the College’s Business Engagement Team at Your enquiry will be shared with the College’s Industry Placement Officer, Emma Hooper.

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