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Work Placements at Andover College

Work Placements are a win-win for both student and employers! They give young people studying towards a technical or vocational qualification practical experience directly relating to their college course, playing a key role in developing students technical and employability skills.

We offer a fantastic choice of work placements and our Work Placements Team will be here to support and guide you through the process from start to finish.

Student Benefits 

How industry work placements benefit you:

  • You can apply the knowledge you learn at college in the workplace
  • You increase your confidence as you develop your skills
  • You develop your communication, team work and problem-solving skills
  • You see how a business operates in the real world
  • You can identify key technical strengths and skills you will need at work 
  • You have a chance to test your career choices
  • You can line up a reference for future use 

Employer Benefits 

How industry work placements benefit your business:

  • You add extra resources to your day-to-day business operations
  • You enable existing staff to develop management skills while supervising a student
  • You inject fresh ideas and practice from students who are currently training in the industry
  • You inspire and support the next generation of workers in your industry
  • You access a potential future workforce
  • You address a current and future skill shortages in your industry
  • You strengthen your recruitment pipeline and increase people-diversity

  • Who can go on a work placement?

    Full-time students on Qualifying Technical or Vocational courses at Level 2 or 3.

    This applies to 16-18 year old students and 19-24 year old students who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

  • When can a student go on a work placement?

    350 hours to be completed

    Industry work placements can be completed on a day-release basis to fit alongside the student’s college timetable

    This can also include weekends and holidays

    It may be possible to complete some hours on a block release basis

  • What you need to do as an employer

    Get in touch with the Work Placement Team to log your interest

    Ensure you have a safe and healthy workplace to support a quality work placement

    Identify suitable staff to supervise students on placement

    Think about a work plan that a student could be involved in with you

  • What you need to do as a student

    Tell us all about yourself (we’ll give you a template to use)

    Meet with the Industry Work Placement Team – to prepare you for your work placement and start to work on identifying the right employer

    Commit to completing the Industry Work Placement hours

  • What we will do

    Guide you through the whole process, from start to finish

    Match the student with the right employer

    Ensure the student is work-ready (work ethic/etiquette)

    Ensure the workplace is safe and welcoming

    Support you with completion of work placement documentation

    Visit you in the workplace to monitor skills and progression

  • From start to finish

    1. Details provided on Industry Work Placements requirements
    2. Workplace health and safety arrangement reviewed
    3. The right student matched with the right employer
    4. A suitable industry work placement venue start date agreed
    5. Industry work placement commences
    6. Placement visited to ensure the student has developed the right skills
    7. On successful completion, an employer reference and certificate will be sent to the student

Looking for more information?

Visit our Open Days or speak to our friendly Work Placements team:

Call 01962 797415


We also offer work placements at our sister campus, Sparsholt College.