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Industry Placements

Buxton and Leek College value real world learning.  We believe industry placements will quip our learners with vital workplace knowledge, behaviours and skills to allow our learners to gain confidence in their industry and prepare them to be ‘work ready’.  Students who take part in work placement are more likely to succeeding in finding employment, following their college course.

What are Industry Placements?

Industry placements are being introduced by the Department for Education to give leaners the chance to put into practice the knowledge and technical skills they are learning as part of their course.  From 2022, industry placements will form a mandatory requirement for students taking the new Level 3 technical programmes called ‘T Levels’. To gear up for this, we are implementing industry placements in some courses from the start of this academic year 18/19.  Students will spend up to 45 days working with an employer in the workplace. This could be one day a week or could be a block of days; this will depend on a learner’s course area.  This is a compulsory part of the course.

Which courses are taking part this academic year?

Childcare, Health & Social Care, Beauty, Hairdressing, Business, IT, Hospitality and Food & Beverage service.


Student FAQ’s

Are the Industry Placements paid?

Employers are not required to pay you to attend. If you need support with finance to travel to and from a placement we may be able to offer support through our bursary scheme.  It is worth noting that many employers involved in the industry placements may be looking for apprentices or paid staff and impressing an employer could result in further paid work.

How do I arrange my industry placement?

The work placement team will be able to work with you and your tutor to find an industry placement, ensuring it is related to your course and relevant to your career goals. Please prepare and research some placements options before you meet with the work placement team.

Will I get a reference?

Employers will be asked to complete feedback after your time in placement. You will also complete a log book throughout your placement, this will record the skills you are developing and the tasks you have completed.