Work & Industry Placements are essential in helping students gain vital knowledge and employability skills, that can only be obtained from working in a real-life working environment. Depending upon a student’s course, they will participate in a Work or Industry Placement.

  • Work Placements can be two weeks, one week or a single day per week over a specific period.
  • Industry placements are over a longer period, a minimum of 45 days.

On a Work or Industry Placement students can expect to:

Graphic showing a list of work placement benefits

Placements must be occupationally specific and focussed on developing the practical and technical skills required for the profession or trade that the student is studying for.   It will be expected that students will already have several occupationally relevant skills to apply and practice in the workplace.

Preparing for your placement

In preparation for the Work or Industry Placement, students will complete a series of sessions based around being work ready – to find out how we prepare our students click here. 

Sourcing a Work or Industry Placement

Students finding their own placement is one of the best ways to enter the world of work – and it will help their reputation as a great student and employee too. It means that the student gets the experience that they really want – which will be more satisfying – and employers will be impressed by their enthusiasm, motivation and maturity. Win-win!

Students will be issued with a short guide to help them source their own placement.   We also have our experienced and dedicated Work Placement Team on hand too, who will support and guide students throughout the process.

We have built strong relationships with a number of employers across our region, meaning we also have a ready-made network of contacts who are #proud to place Runshaw students!  You can find out what our students and employers say about Work and Industry Placements here.