Work placements crucial for technical education and training

13 January 2017

Learning and Work Institute, in partnership with Fair Train, has been commissioned by the Department for Education (DfE) to gather evidence on good quality, effective work placements and any challenges to delivering these.

This will also help to develop best practice to help schools, colleges and employers deliver work placements which provide real insight into industry and the world of work. 

From 2019, young people and adults studying on a two-year technical education course will be required to complete a work placement lasting 1-3 months. The aim of the work placement will be to develop the specific occupational skills the student needs to work in the field they want to get into.  This requirement is proposed in the Government’s Post 16 Skills Plan, which is the government’s ambitious framework to support young people and adults to secure a lifetime of sustained skilled employment and meet the needs of our growing and rapidly changing economy.

Stephen Evans, Chief Executive of Learning and Work Institute said:

“Technical education and training is essential, whether that’s for a young person starting out in the labour market, or an older worker needing to up-skill or re-train.

“Key sectors of the UK economy suffer from skills shortages and poor productivity. Technical education and training plays an essential role in tackling those issues while also providing the opportunities for people to learn new skills, increase their earnings and even change careers altogether.

“By gathering evidence of good practice in delivering work placements we are pleased to be playing our part in these important reforms. We would urge everyone with an interest to respond to our call for evidence.”

How to get involved

We are asking for submissions of evidence on experiences of work placement practice.

  1. Submit a response to an online survey, relating to the past or present work placement delivery in Post-16 sector.
  2. During January and February 2017, we will be holding seminars to discuss work placements in technical education. These seminars will be held in:
  • London on 25 January 2017, 12.30-4.30pm
  • Sheffield on 1 February 2017, 12.30-4.30pm
  • Leicester on 2 February 2017, 10.30am-2.30pm

If you are interested in attending, please register your interest by emailing Kashif Mirza.