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Work Experience

Industry Placements

Information for students, parents and employers

Work experience is a great opportunity to put learning into practice whilst gaining knowledge about a job or area of work. It can inform and support future career choices or study options and could lead to an apprenticeship or a paid employment. 

Work experience also provides the opportunity to demonstrate employability skills on a CV, helping you to stand out from the crowd while giving employers an insight into the talented students on their doorstep.

“Two thirds of employers rate quality work experience as being of critical or significant value for young entrants to the labour market” 

( Department of Education’s Employers’ Perspectives Survey )

When does my work experience take place?

Speak to your tutor or Personal Development Coach to find out when your department has scheduled your work experience (WEX) placement dates and the number of hours you need to complete. Work experience placements can be as little as one week up to 45 days depending on the course you are studying.

Types of work experience placements:
  • Short Work Experience – These typically last between one and two weeks and normally involves observation or ‘shadowing’, alongside assisting employers with day-to-day tasks and duties.
  • Work Placements – Some courses require students to complete a set number of days/hours as part of the course qualification, such as Health and Social care, Early Years, Animal Care and Catering. The awarding organisations often require students to submit evidence in the form of timesheets, tutor assessments, written assessments or synoptic tests to confirm knowledge and understanding of the curriculum learning outcomes. Typically, between 100 - 300hrs are required.
  • Industry Placements –These placemenst gives you an excellent opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills in the industry you want to enter. You will complete at least 315 hours, approximately 45days with an external employer. You will work towards a set of unique learning objectives, record experiences in a logbook and attend review meetings. At the end, you will have greatly enhanced your job prospects and your CV.
What support will I receive?

Your tutor and Personal Development Coach will support you throughout the process. You will receive training around expectations in the workplace, covering issues such as timekeeping, dress code and language. You will also be made aware of your responsibilities whilst on placement, including your duties under health and safety legislation. Support in finding a placement will be provided by your tutors and Personal Development Coach.

Any questions?

If you require further information, please contact the Work Experience & Industry Placement Team:

 020 8394 3325
Benefits for employers

- Students from Nescot are fully prepared for, and supported during, their placement, ensuring they can fulfil valuable roles.

- Placements enable students to get a real insight into your business and sector, helping develop a future skilled and dedicated work force.

- Taking work placement students demonstrates your organisational commitment to the community.

- Nescot's specialist Work Experience team will ensure that employers of all sizes are supported to get the best from a placement student. We publicise the contribution of partner employers through our web site and social media.

If you'd like to talk to us about taking a work placement student, please contact

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“Two thirds of employers rate quality work experience as being of critical or significant value for young entrants to the labour market” ( Department of Education’s Employers’ Perspectives Survey )

Information for Employers

The College has always been focused on engaging with local employers and strives to build relationships throughout the local area. Employer’s views and thoughts are important to us. Our students and staff very much rely and enjoy working alongside our local employers who have offered and continue to offer many great opportunities.

We are reaching out to employers in a range of different industry sectors who can offer placement opportunities to our students. By offering a placement, you will be supporting our students to become career-ready whilst also gaining many benefits:

  • Fresh perspectives and new ideas from our students
  • Opportunities for existing staff to supervise and mentor a young person
  • Extra resources for your everyday operations
  • Strengthen your recruitment pipeline

Placements can vary from one week to 45 days depending on the requirements of the course. Typically, shorter placements focus on shadowing and awareness while longer placements are more outcome-focused with independent work.

We have three different types of placements at Nescot, all of which must be structured and supervised:

Work Experience

Typically, a student will work with an employer for between one and two weeks. It normally involves a large amount of observation or ‘shadowing’, alongside assisting employers with day-to-day tasks and duties. To find out more, click here.

Work Placement

These longer placements are required for some course qualifications, e.g. Health and Social Care, Early Years, Animal Care and Catering. Typically, between 100 – 300 hours are required and students submit evidence to confirm knowledge and understanding gained on placement.

Industry Placement

A key component of the Department for Education’s new technical route for 16 to 19 year-olds called T Levels. Students will complete a 315-hour placement (typically 45-days), work towards a set of learning objectives, record experiences in a logbook and attend review meetings. To find out more, click here.

What support will you receive?

We will support you throughout the process. This will include assistance with the necessary paperwork, careful planning prior to the placement starting and ongoing support during the placement. You will also receive our Employer Information Guide and will have a named contact at Nescot. Our Employer Information Guide offers you support with any Health & Safety, Insurance and Safeguarding concerns you might have.

Please note, before a placement starts we ask that you hold current and adequate Employer Liability Insurance and that you complete our Employer Agreement.

Next Steps

If you would like to offer a placement to one of our students or would like to find out more information, please complete our online expression of interest form so that a member of the team can contact you.

Alternatively, contact the Work Experience and Industry Placement Team on 020 8394 3325 or

If you are unable to help us, then there is still something that you could offer our students!
Visit the college and share your industry expertise with our students, or offer our students a site visit or ‘taster’ days at your business premises to give them an insight into your Industry.

We very much look forward to engaging with you in the future.