Industry Placements and Work Experience

As part of your study programme you will undertake some form of work experience or work-related activity.

The college’s team of designated Work Placement Officers are here to help and support all students with finding industry placements and work experience.

They are a key link between you and the College’s wide range of employer partners. The opportunities are endless and the team is committed to helping you towards your future goals and creating your brighter future.

Workplace experience allows you to develop the knowledge and skills relevant to your course and future career.

You will gain an understanding of what it is like to work in your chosen industry and enhance your CV to make sure you stand out from the crowd, whether you are looking for employment or wanting to progress in education.

How will you be supported?


  • Help you to find a suitable placement from our employer network
  • Prepare you for your placement
  • Carry out health and safety visits to ensure the workplace is ready for you
  • Support you on a one-to-one basis with your work experience or industry placement

We want to hear from you, so please get in touch with any questions you may have about work experience or industry placements.

Our email address is

Industry Placements and Challenge315

315The pilot project Challenge 315 is a precursor to the new T Level qualification which starts in 2020. As part of your course, selected Level 3 Year 2 learners will be expected to complete a minimum of 315 hours work placement over 45 to 60 days.

The Work Placement Team will support the learner, employer and college team through the placement by helping to secure the employment opportunity, assessing during the placement and analysing the result on behalf of all stakeholders.

There are to be 110 placements in 2018/2019 across several curriculum subjects.

The employment must be course relevant.

Please follow this link to log in to your Industry placement Log book and tracker:  

Work Experience

  • 5 days or 37 hours, usually one week at a business
  • Students are expected to take on work experience across almost all subjects
  • Level 2 students will be supported through tutorial and personal and social development (PSD) with a personal tutor
  • Level 3 students will be supported and prepared through their Futures Academy sessions and tutorials.

Top tips for work placement success

Be prepared

Make sure you are ready for your placement – try to find out what it involves, what you need to take and what will be expected of you. Remember, the College’s Work Placement Team will help you get answers for these questions and support you throughout the placement.

Be inquisitive

When you’re on your placement, don’t be afraid to ask relevant questions. It shows you’re interested in the company and are keen to learn more.

Meet the Team

Simon Bone




Work Placement Manager




South West Skills Campus
01934 411 519
07866 918 366


Natasha Poole




Work Placement Officer (BESI)




South West Skills Campus
01934 411 588
07866 918 359


Anna Coleman




Work Placement Officer (CAD and Sixth Form)




South West Skills Campus
01934 411 494 (ext 3011)
07866 918 585


Ray Stewart




Work Placement Officer (BACE and AEC)




South West Skills Campus
01934 411 494 (ext 3003)
07866 919 225


Vanessa Witney




Work Placement Officer (Care and Early Years)




Knightstone Campus
01934 411 494 (ext 1355)


Nichola Hudson




Work Placement Officer (Care and Early Years)




Knightstone Campus
01934 411 494 (ext 1360)


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