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Work Placement Standard for Colleges

New College Lanarkshire’s work experience placements for their HND Computer Aided Architectural Design and Technology (CAAD&T) students

28 Sep 2016

Every college student in Scotland is to benefit from work experience under new plans announced by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) today.

Launched by Minister for Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn at New College Lanarkshire, SFC’s Work Placement Standard for Colleges aims to improve the future employment prospects of all students studying in colleges in Scotland.

Giving every college student the chance to develop their skills and learning in a working environment will provide crucial real-world skills development and boost their employability.

Offering a flexible approach to help colleges tailor opportunities for individual students, the guidelines set out the expectation that all college students should have high-quality experiences of work, such as visits to businesses or placements.

SFC’s commitment to improving youth employment forms part of the Scottish Government’s Developing the Young Workforce programme, which includes a pledge to provide a range of work-related opportunities for students.

John Kemp, interim chief executive of the Scottish Funding Council, said: “Colleges are already working well with employers and industry across the country and we want to make sure that every single student gets the benefit of this. From traditional placements to visits and simulation workplaces like in-college salons and restaurants, students really value work experience and with so many employers looking for experience as well as qualifications, so do employers – it makes a real difference to job prospects and future careers.”