Work placements

What you need to know

Work placements for all study programmes are a great opportunity to gain work skills in a company and are essential to achieve your qualification.

It will be of great benefit to you and your career to gain as many hours work experience as you can to help improve your chances of your career progression and next steps.

All work placement provider companies are risk assessed before students attend to ensure student safety.

PLEASE ensure you use Grofar to let us know when you will be starting your work placement at LEAST 2 weeks before that start date.

What are industry Placements?

Industry Placements are the job experience part of a new qualification called T Levels. T Levels are coming to Telford in 2022. This new training will be  80% training delivery and 20% job experience.

Industry Placements give you an opportunity to impress an employer and apply your learning in their company.

If you are enrolled on the following courses at Level 3 or Level 2 you will be arranging and completing an Industry Placement as part of your qualification.

Please click below for guidance on finding a work placement to enhance your college studies. 

Industry Placements are a minimum of 315 hours

This can take place over a period of weeks e.g. 1 or 2 days each week or in block weeks or both by arrangement with the company who is providing this for your benefit.

  • Accounting
  • Beauty
  • Business Year 1 and 2
  • Digital technology Year 2
  • Hairdressing
  • Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care
  • Professional Cookery
  • Sport Year 1 and 2
  • Vehicle Maintenance.

Student achievements

Scarlett Jones who completed an industry placement

Level 3 engineering student Scarlett Jones completed her industry placement with the Highways and Transport Engineering department of Telford and Wrekin Council.

The Group Manager of Engineering told us:

“Scarlett has been a great addition to our team, she is a confident and hard working person, who will achieve her goals with her hard work.  She has learnt some AutoCAD skills while working with us.

“This is a very useful skill to have and will help her with employment in the Engineering industry.”

Jesse  Gyaminah who completed an industry placement

Level 3 engineering student Jesse Gyaminah successfully carried out 72 hours work experience with Telford and Wrekin Highways and Transport Dept.

His supervisor thought Jess’s performance and commitment was excellent.

Jesse has now progressed his career by securing a level 3 apprenticeship with a company as a Technical Drawing Assistant with Aceon.

Work Experience is a minimum of 36 hours

This can take place over a period of weeks e.g. a few hours a week or in a continuous week by arrangement with the company you are working with.

Study Programme Work Placements

All students on all courses who are not completing an Industry Placement will need to find an opportunity to work with a local company for as many hours (at least 36) as they can. Gaining hours of work skills and experience is a great advantage to help you to succeed in your future plans.

Tony Hosie- Wrekin Housing Trust

Level 2 construction student Tony Hosie worked with Wrekin Housing Trust who commented

“Tony displayed an excellent willingness to participate and an excellent professional attitude.”

Ross Taffinder at Welch and Phillips

Level 2 construction student Ross Taffinder worked with Welch and Phillips who told us

“We would be happy to work with Ross again he arrived with a good attitude and got involved with all of the site activities.”

Careers Advice

If you are unsure about what to do please ask your tutor for help or call at the Ambition Centre near main reception to speak to someone from the Work Placement Team.

If you are unsure about your career or training please contact Frank Stretton , our specialist Careers Advisor.

Employers have told us they like to see students who:

  • Have a qualification in English & Maths
  • Have researched the company and have knowledge about their products or services
  • Arrive on time
  • Arrange and present themselves for an interview as an introduction.
  • Are enthusiastic and reliable who arrive on time and are appropriately dressed.
  • Apologise in advance for absence.
  • Listen carefully, ask questions and carry out tasks promptly.
  • Offer new ideas, use their initiative and communication well at all times.
  • Are keen to learn and enhance work teams.

Preparing for your placement interview

Register your placement

Grofar is used to record and share your work placement information and progress with the college and the companies so that we can make sure the company provides the best and safest placement for you. You can use Grofar to record and set yourself targets.

You can login and use Grofar on your phone or computer. 

Please ensure you let us know the details of the work placement you have arranged 2 weeks before you intend to start

You will need to use Grofar please click and follow the links below

We need to know where you are going on placement

Please tell us when and where you are going on work placement by clicking on the GroFar link, this will:

  • Ensure your work placement does not affect your course attendance
  • Enable the College to check that the company is safe and suitable for your attendance
  • Prevent letters and texts being sent home to your family about your unexplained absence from college

How does a work placement help you?

You are more likely to be successful in your future applications if you have completed a useful work placement.

Experience of different work places and how you can apply your knowledge is of great benefit to increase your confidence, learning new skills and meeting new people and making new connections.

Volunteering is also a good way to gain skills and experience. If you would like to join with activities please speak to Dan Blasczyk. Please click this link for more information about college enrichment. 

If you are unsure about your ultimate career choice, a work placement is a perfect way to see what’s out there. It’s a way of exploring different jobs.

It’s the best way to get a real sense of your chosen industry. You’ll get to speak to employees and ask them questions. You won’t know what it’s like until you get closer to the action.

If you are unsure about your future a work placement helps you to explore work environments first hand. If you would like some help with this please contact our College Career advisor Frank via this link.

Many students have secured paid work following their work placements.

Completing a work placement shows commitment and interest. It provides evidence that you are motivated about your chosen career and that you’ve got hands on experience to back up your learning.

All work experiences are valuable to present to new employers and opportunities and improve your chances of success. If you need help with this please contact our College Career advisor Frank via this link.

Completing a work placement shows motivation and a commitment to your future.

Employers will be impressed with your achievements and will be far more likely to offer you an opportunity to progress.

Please contact lois.breen@telfordcollege.ac.uk with any questions

Cosby Takyi completed a study programme placement and then volunteered with his company  

Madeley Town Council

Cosby (level three business student) did very well on his placement. He was a pleasure to work with and demonstrated a keen willingness to learn and an ability to pick things up quickly. His interaction with staff and service users was excellent

Cosby has the right attitude and ability to succeed

James Wellings completed an industry placement 

Mercure Albrighton Hall Hotel

The head chef is so pleased with James’s (level three professional catering student) progress and development in his placement he is planning to offer him a job after qualifying.