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Oldham College is constantly working with partners to expand our Industry Placements, which give young people a real head start from a technical pathway into skilled employment.

These offer students a unique opportunity to put their learning into practice in a real-life work environment – and to respond to the needs of your business.

There are significant benefits from this – both to learners and employers like you.

These include developing a skills pipeline, extra help in managing your workloads, bringing a new perspective to your workplace, developing your existing staff – and putting something back into the community. 

As part of this work we’ve teamed up with The Gatsby Foundation which, through its Local Area Programme, is working hard to break down misconceptions about purely academic routes to career success. 

The Foundation has produced a case study showcasing several local employers which are working with Oldham College and taking on learners. 

Featured employers include: 

  • Ultimate Products, a global firm bringing consumer goods to the mass market across two continents
  • Willmott Dixon Construction, the UK’s leading independent construction and property services company
  • dsgnuk, a specialist local graphic design and web development firm
  • The Eric Wright Learning Foundation, which sponsors a ‘real work environment’ approach to vocational education
  • Centaur Training, a leading training provider
  • Co-op News, a locally based online and print resource. 

Jayne Greaves, Head of Social Value at Willmott Dixon Construction, says: “As a business our commitment is to offer young people these types of placements, because we need to be looking at the next generation of workers coming into our industry.”

Ansar Ali, Managing Director at DSGN UK, adds: “The advice I would give to any other company is to take advantage of this opportunity. It will benefit you in the long term and the short term.”

You can find out all about our Industry Placements here.

These placements will be integral to the new T-Level qualifications which are set to launch at Oldham College in 2021/22, offering students a mixture of classroom learning and on-the-job experience

Local employers are at the heart of designing new technical qualifications and pathways to employment – including T-Levels and our apprenticeship programmes, which will provide them with the skilled workers that they need.

Any business interested in finding out more can contact us via email to