Work Experience

Work Experience Overview 

All full-time, further education courses are required to include a significant element of work experience.  

Students (aged 16 – 19) need to ideally complete a minimum of 20/30 hours work experience, that is both relevant to their course and personal aims. 

This can include: 

  • Workplace Visits 
  • Work Placements 
  • Enterprise Projects 
  • Mentoring  
  • Shadowing 
  • Workshops 

Your tutor, along with the work experience team will arrange employer visits etc, however in order to ensure that you complete your required hours, we strongly recommend that you complete a work placement too.  

Not only will this help you to gain some hands on experience within your chosen industry (which you can include in you CV), it will also help you to develop work skills that will help you to find employment/start your own business or even take the next step towards gaining your qualification. 

What’s in it for me, I hear you ask!  

Great question! Let’s explore the benefits……….. 

Work Experience can help you to:  

  • Build and develop your technical skills, increasing your competence and ability to progress into skilled employment. 
  • Further develop “soft skills” such as communicating, teamwork and problem solving. 
  • Gain deeper knowledge of the running of a business and general commercial principle. 
  • Opportunity for personal growth: develop self-reliance, step out of your comfort zone, build confidence and learn about yourself. Identify your strengths and preferences for future career options. 
  • Potentially secure a job or apprenticeship with the employer afterwards and on completion of your course.  
  • Build a valuable working relationship with an employer, resulting in a more meaningful reference to use for future job applications. 
  • Grow your network in the industry (including making contacts in other organisations), helping you to identify future job roles. 
  • You can also add your work placement to your CV. 

Basically, it makes you more employable!!  

Meet the Team 

The Work Experience Team are here to support you every step of the way! If you have any questions you’re welcome to contact us!  

Elizabeth Irving     Katie Higgins 

Work Experience Assistant    Work Experience Co-ordinator 


If you have any careers related questions you can also contact…. 

David Carruthers  

Student Advice Officer & Careers Lead  

Work Experience Wednesdays!  

The Work Experience Team hold weekly drop in sessions every Wednesday. 

Look out for our Work Experience Wednesday posters for more information.  

Alternatively, if you would like to arrange a 1-2-1 catch up over the phone or via webcam please email us at 

Work Experience Fact Find 

Please complete our Work Experience Fact Find below.  

 It takes 2 minutes to complete and it will help our team to understand where you’re at and how they can best support you in the coming year.  

Microsoft Forms  

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