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Work experience and industry placements are a short-term experience of employment. As part of a student’s college life, it is imperative that we ensure they are ready for the world of work.

For the student

Work experience

As part of their course, there will be regular tutorials and information available on the student portal about employability skills and the do’s and don’ts of the world of work.

All students will be expected to take part in a minimum of 3 days in a work experience environment that is relevant to their course.

For the employers

Employability Skills

The Employability tutorials will cover a number of transferable skills which students can take forward into their post college job, apprenticeship or into higher education.

They will include:

  • Finding a Placement
  • How to approach employers about work opportunities
  • Time management
  • How to dress appropriately for the work place
  • How to interact with employers and new colleagues
  • CV Writing skills (available from the Apprenticeship team)

Benefits to Employers

It is important for employers to think of work experience as an opportunity to give back to society and help embed relevant work skills into the minds of the future generations. As an employer if you offer a work placement to our young people, you are not only giving them a life opportunity, but you are creating future prospects and giving them a chance to do something they may not ever have had the chance to achieve.

Get Involved

We encourage local businesses to get involved. We want to ensure that students from Staffordshire have the opportunity to get a relevant work experience opportunities within the county.

Fill out the below form if you would like more information on how you can help:

What are T Levels?

T Levels are new 2-year, technical programmes designed with employers to give young people the skills that industry needs. From 2020, they will give students aged 16 to 18 a technical alternative to A levels and will help them to get a skilled job. T Levels will provide a mixture of:

  • technical knowledge and practical skills specific to their chosen industry or occupation
  • an industry placement of at least 45 days in their chosen industry or occupation
  • relevant maths, English and digital skills
  • common workplace skills

Students who achieve a T Level will get a certificate recognised nationally by employers which will set out what they have achieved as part of the programme.

T Levels will offer students a mixture of classroom or workshop-based learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience in the following industries:

  • digital
  • construction
  • education and childcare
  • engineering and manufacturing
  • health and science
  • legal, finance and accounting
  • hair and beauty
  • agriculture, environment and animal care
  • business and administration
  • catering and hospitality
  • creative and design

Through doing a T Level, students will be able to:

  • learn broad core knowledge and practical skills relevant to all occupations in their chosen industry from the beginning of their course
  • develop specialist technical skills relevant to at least one occupation

Get in touch

General Enquiries –

Emma Podmore – Lead on Art and Creative ( Art, Fashion, Design, Graphics, Performing Arts)


Toni Mountford – Lead on Skills (Hair and Beauty/ Engineering and Construction)


Sam Jarvis – Lead on Office Roles (Business, Travel and Tourism, Accounting and Admin)