Work and Work Experience

atudent working at the garden centre / sophie working on reception

Sophie on reception / At the garden centre

Work experience is an integral part of a study programme for all students, including those with learning difficulties or disabilities. Many colleges offer ‘internal’ – i.e. college managed – work placements as a starting point, such as cafes and shops (on and off site), work on reception, site maintenance, and horticulture.

Finding external work placements requires good engagement with employers, so that they understand the real benefits of taking on students with a learning difficulty or disability. Colleges work hard to develop and maintain these relationships, as our work experience survey shows

For students, there are many benefits. They learn and practice skills related to their areas of interest, they develop their general employability skills – the positive character and attitudes that employers value so highly – and they can make informed choices about future employment.

There are lots of work experience stories in the student section.