Skills and experience for your future
Our students leave with more than just qualifications
At our College, our Full-Time courses are focused on giving you the best start in your future career. A central part to this is work experience. It will help you understand both the industry you’re training for and even more importantly, the wider skills you need to succeed in work.
Work experience can take many forms, but essentially you’ll complete one of two types of work experience – an industry placement, or a work placement.
A 45-day Industry Placement is a flexible, extended work placement within your chosen industry and is completed alongside your selected course. We are committed to helping our students access high quality placements that enable networking, CV building, confidence and in some cases, can even lead to offers of paid employment.
Work Placements make up an essential part of your Full-Time study programme. They provide a meaningful experience to help you gain employability skills in a professional environment. You can use this to explore potential career paths, develop future employment opportunities and expand your network.
We encourage you to find your own placement locally as this helps to develop your job search and interview skills. We have dedicated Work Placement Officers to ensure you have on-site support and guidance when choosing, preparing and securing a placement. As soon as you are accepted on to a course at our College, it’s a great idea to start thinking about the type of place you want to do you work placement, and even start contacting employers. At the very least, make sure you have a CV!
- Speak to your course tutors
- Speak to your Work Placement Officer for more support and guidance
- Contact Careers, Information and Guidance for general careers advice. They can support you with your career planning before, during and after you come to College
- Contact the BASE Team for help and support with interview skills, writing a CV and gaining employability skills
- Employers, students and parents can all email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or queries
Work Placement Officers
- Alicia James – Creative Industries
- Debbie Burke – Service Industries
- Andrew Johnson – Business, IT and Digital
- Colette Caple – Uniformed Public Services and Sport
- Kelly Fitzgerald – Construction and Foundation Learning
- Paula Buckmaster – Engineering
Work experience is a key part of studying at our College. We want our students to benefit from the best work experience possible and that's why we have developed close partnerships with local, regional and national businesses.
There’s no substitute for trying things out for yourself and work experience gives you the chance to put your theoretical knowledge into practice. You might be offered the chance to visit a company, do an internship, or work on a real life project.
It means you leave with a qualification that demonstrates you have the knowledge, skills and attitude you need to be ready for work and are in the best position to get the job you really want.