Industry Placements

The first 3 T Levels will be available at selected colleges and schools (providers) across England in September 2020. This means pupils who entered year 10 in September 2018 will be the first to be able to study them.

From September 2019, students will have the opportunity to gain valuable skills in a real working environment through a compulsory 315 hours high-quality industry placement.  Students on certain courses will be part of the new T Levels and the following provides important information:

  • You will develop highly desirable professional communication skills that employers are seeking as well as confidence and hands-on industry experience.
  • We will help you find an employer and support you via a dedicated Work Placement Officer who will work with you during your placement to make sure you are getting the best from the experience and deal with any concerns you may have.
  • We encourage you to try and find a placement you feel comfortable working in – if you find a placement before you enrol, we will help you get everything in place to start your placement as soon as you begin your course.
  • If you are accepted onto your course, part of the condition of your offer will be that you will commit to completing the full programme including the 315 hours placement
  • You will be expected to complete your 315 hours placement on non-college days – this can be flexible such as 1 or 2 days per week or block weeks during the holidays.

If you want more information on industry placements, please contact the Work Placement Officer via email or phone on ctalbot1@cityplym.ac.uk or 01752 866825.

FAQs

I would like to work for a company but it’s quite a distance to travel, is there any financial help with that?

Yes – the College may be able to support you with travel costs. This will be considered on an individual basis, so speak to your Work Placement Officer before you agree to start the placement.

What do I do if I already have a part-time job as I might struggle to complete 315 hours in placement?

The College is making it very clear that it is a compulsory requirement of this course. If your paid part-time job is in an industry directly relating to your course of study, we may be able to consider it towards your 315 hours requirement. Contact the Work Placements officer by email on ctalbot1@cityplym.ac.uk  who will discuss this with you.

I have a disability, what help will there be for me to attend my placement?

The College is committed to providing high quality work placement opportunities for all our students. We support students with disabilities, learning difficulties and health-related issues to complete placements. We have good relationships with employers, who support our ethos of inclusion and equality. Your Work Placement Coordinator will discuss your individual circumstances with you so we can consider the best placement options to meet your needs.

For more information on industry placements please click here.