Undertaking work-based learning opportunities is vital in helping our students develop the skills needed to succeed in the world of work. You can offer our students work experience from as little as one week, up to 60 days. Our dedicated industry placements and work experience team is on hand to guide you through the whole process. Please contact us and we can help you to decide what you need and introduce you to suitable candidates.
If you don’t feel you are ready to offer a work placement yet but are still keen to share knowledge about your business, industry, and/or career path, we are always looking for guest speakers from the industry to come in and share their experiences with our students, attend our careers fairs and carry out mock interviews.
If you would like to get involved in helping the college and our students, please email email@example.com or call 020 7613 9433.
Why get involved with NCC in Industrial Placements and work experience?
It’s a great recruitment strategy
Industry placements can offer a pipeline for low-cost, effective methods of recruiting from an untapped skills pool. Building a partnership with NCC will give you opportunities to advertise and raise awareness of employment opportunities to our young people who are deciding on their career paths. Students can also contribute to a flexible workforce.
Young people can bring new energy and perspective to your business
A fresh pair of eyes in your business could offer a new perspective and new ways of working.
Increase your staff retention rates
Evidence shows that employees recruited through work inclusion initiatives are more loyal. The job seems more valuable to those who have gained it after undertaking work experience or through a placement. Lower staff turnover will bring direct cost savings to a business. Young people who have done work experience are more likely to remain in that industry and if you are in a position to offer a permanent role or apprenticeship, they are more likely to remain with your business.
Help to resolve entry-level skills shortages.
Offering a pipeline of talent, industry placements and work experience provide an opportunity for young people to develop their job readiness and technical skills and for businesses to recruit the right candidates for entry-level jobs. Students who have undertaken placements are better placed to make decisions about the career pathway they would like to pursue.
Opportunities for current employees to build their skills and experience, creating greater employee satisfaction.
During industry placements, existing staff can act as buddies, coaches, or mentors to placement students. This can help them to gain skills in management and mentorship, both of which are shown to increase levels of job satisfaction.
Help companies meet tender requirements
Commitment to supporting excluded groups can strengthen bids for public sector contracts. It is likely that successful bids for public sector contracts could include the provision of a social or community benefit.
Demonstrate a commitment to diversity and better understand customers
Equality of opportunity is essential for a productive workforce. Through industry placements, there is an opportunity to recruit from a wide community of students. This demonstrates a strong corporate commitment to diversity and may also enable your organisation to better understand customers, lead to greater innovation, more creativity, and better performing teams.
Build brand and corporate reputation.
Providing opportunities to local young people raises the profile of your company.
Shape the direction of technical education within your industry.
Developing a partnership with NCC will help to influence the learning pathway for young people entering your industry. Many industries are facing skills shortages such as construction, care, and hospitality. Offering young people work experience gives them the opportunity to have a ‘taster’ of your business and industry, helping to improve the image of your industry.