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The Sheffield College

Work Placement

Work Experience Placements

Work placements

Why work experience?

As a student at The Sheffield College you are likely to complete an element of work experience as part of your study programme. The type of work experience you do and the time it will take will depend on what kind of course you are studying.

What's in it for me?

  • Improving your job prospects, gaining knowledge of the work place in variety of areas
  • Increasing your employability skills such as communication, problem solving, social skills, time-management, commitment, enthusiasm, flexibility and team work
  • Helping you during interviews and it looks impressive on your CV
  • Helping you understand what motivates you and what you are passionate about

When do I need to start thinking about it?

Now! Our Work Placement Co-ordinators are here to help co-ordinate work experience placements for thousands of students each year. 

Employers like students with initiative, so make a start once you know your work experience dates. Look for employers in your chosen vocational subject area and make sure you are able to get there if they offer you a placement!

Don’t worry if you don’t find a placement - we're here to help.

What should I ask employers?

  • If you feel confident, telephone potential employers
  • Tell them your name, what course you are studying and ask if they would consider offering you a work experience placement
  • Discuss the dates you would like the placement
  • They may invite you to visit so they can meet you - you’ll need to prepare for this
  • Remember to ask the person you are speaking to for their name
  • Give them your contact number

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check
If your work experience opportunity involves working around young children or vulnerable adults you may need a DBS Certificate. College staff will be able to help you with this – check with your tutor if you need any advice or guidance around applying for a DBS check.

Health and safety
Your health, safety and welfare whilst on work experience is important. You will be given information about this before you visit an employer.

Financial support
You may be entitled to financial support whilst on work experience if it forms part of your full-time study programme, just enquire at the Student Services reception at your campus.

You will be responsible for organising your own travel to and from your work experience placement. The good news is, there's loads of inexpensive travel options available to you as a student of The Sheffield College. 

You can find all the information you need about getting around on our Travel page.