Work Experience / Industry Placements - Oldham College

Our Industry Placement Students have been training to develop basic skills relevant to your business and are looking forward to joining you.

In preparation for the introduction of the new T Levels, Oldham College are launching Industry placements for 16-19 year old Level 2 and Level 3 students. These placements offer students the unique opportunity to put their learning into practice and respond to the employer needs of your business.

Immediate benefits:

  • Extra resources for your projects and day to day operations, from students gaining knowledge and skills in a course relevant to your business and industry
  • To fill existing gaps while recruiting for apprentices
  • Upskill existing workforce and boost morale by creating opportunities to develop management skills
  • Improve recruitment cost effectiveness by recruiting from an untapped skills pool
  • CSR impact: share with stakeholders how your business has supported local young people into work placements
  • Inspire the next generation to work in your industry
  • Resolve current and future entry level skills shortage
  • Strengthen your recruiting pipeline and increase diversity

What do I need to do?

  • Provide a minimum 45 day industry placement for a student on a course relevant to your business
  • The structure will be based on the needs of the local provider and can consist of block and day release throughout the year
  • Ensure there is a safe work environment and opportunities for the student to develop their technical skills within your industry
  • Provide a line manager to support, supervise and mentor the student

What would the responsibilities of my company be?

  • To provide the students with a safe environment where they can sample the world of work, usually for the first time. To plan a minimum of 35 hours of work where the students can carry out meaningful tasks within their chosen sector and increase their confidence whilst doing so.

What do I need to pay?

  • There are no mandatory costs involved, however if you were able to contribute towards their lunch on the days that they are with you, then this would help support them.

How would the process start? 

  • The process usually starts with an introduction meeting between the Work Experience Placement Officer and the employer. This is to cover off a Health & Safety check and the Employers Liability Insurance (ELI) paperwork which are compulsory before any placement can go ahead.

Who organises it and who is responsible for the details?

  • The Work Experience Placement Officer will coordinate and be responsible for setting up and overseeing the placement.  They will liaise with the student and the employer prior to the placement taking place, during the placement and at the end to carry out a review.

How selective can we be when choosing a work experience candidate? What do we do if we are unhappy with the work experience candidate after it has started?

  • The selection of a student for placement is usually done by the course Tutors who often have the best relationships with the student and see them on a regular basis.  There may be some input from the Work Experience Placement Officer, for instance where there was a number of students vying for the 1 placement.   Employers may also have some input if for instance, they were only able to take students from certain areas of Greater Manchester due to travel arrangements.
  • If an employer was unhappy with the student after they had begun their placement, they would contact the Work Experience Placement Officer who would support in the hope of settling any issues or help to bring the placement to an amicable conclusion.

Would my company be paid? Who covers the cost of resources?

  • There are no plans for employers to be paid as we don’t expect any additional or extra resources to be purchased specifically for the placement. For items such as Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), the students will usually arrive with their own.

Is there an information pack you can send me?

  • There are not any information packs at the moment, however there is a Work Experience log book which the student has to complete with some sections also required to be completed by the employer.

What legal aspects do I need to be aware of?

  • The legal aspects from an employer’s perspective are those involving health and safety, employers insurance should the worst case happen and  safeguarding of young people, ensuring they are not placed in situations that may cause them harm or abuse.

How long would it last? And are there any particular dates?

  • The minimum a placement should last is 35 hours.  This can be done in a 1 week block, 1 day per week or staggered over more days/weeks. Depending on what course the student is studying there may be a requirement to increase these hours over the term but this would be agreed with the employer. Placements can take place from September all the way through to July but must be completed before end of term time. College is closed over the Christmas and New Year holidays so no placements can take place during this time.  During any half-term holidays, the Work Experience Officer responsible for the student must be available in case an issue arises, otherwise the placement cannot go ahead during this period.

What conditions does my business need to meet? What documents do I need?

  • Your business must meet our minimum requirements in regards our Health & Safety check. This includes a safe working environment where all risks are reduced and mitigated for.  You have a first aid box and accident recording book.  You must have Employers Liability Insurance and be able to provide us with a copy of your certificate. In some cases such as lone working, a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check may need to be carried out. If this is the case, the College will usually pick up the cost of this.


Are you ready?

If you’re ready to take on an industry placement student or require more information please get in contact with us…

Call: 0161 785 4000 or 0161 785 4310