Work Experience

Work experience is a vital part of your study programme, preparing you for your next steps into work. Our work experience programme is flexible to fit around your studies and personal commitments.

Every student is required to complete 60 hours of work experience relevant to the course you are taking or your career aspirations.

What will count as work experience:

  • Work placement – this has to purposeful, offering a challenge and is relevant to the student’s study programme and career aspirations
  • Work taster
  • Student enterprise
  • Community Projects
  • Volunteering

What will not count as work experience:

Part-time paid work, such as evening or Saturday work, does not qualify for work experience.

If you have questions or need assistance with Work Experience please speak to your tutor or contact the colleges Work Placements Officer on ctalbot1@cityplym.ac.uk or 01752 866825


Work Experience FAQs

What is work experience?

Work Experience covers a range of activities which students can get involved in to support their college learning and develop industry and employability skills. Ranging from attending a work placement with a local employer, to working on community projects, we even have students who have completed work placements and projects in Greece, Germany and many more.


How is work experience arranged?

Students are encouraged to source their own placements in industry. This is a good way to practice job search and interview skills, as well as ensuring you will be able to get to it.


What do I need to do?

Trying to find your own placement is the first step. This is valuable practice for when you need to find paid employment in the future. We offer advice and guidance on where to look, and can help with making calls and contacting the employer, we appreciate that it can be difficult for some students to take that first step, so we can take the time to support this.

When you start your placement, you will need to complete your workbook (or project record if a group activity). It is vital that you have this record, as it shows what you have learned. You will have learned skills which you can add to your CV or UCAS application, and it is always well regarded by employers to see that a student has completed work experience.


Why is work experience?

  • Experience working in a real industry environment
  • Good opportunity to network and you might get an apprenticeship or paid employment as a result
  • Gain confidence in your existing skills, and learn new ones
  • Demonstrates to future employers that you are willing to learn and are work ready
  • It can help you with your course work so you can use real examples from your work experience or placement
  • Can help you decide on your study and career path or you might choose to do additional study to have better prospects once you have worked in the industry on work experience

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