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Industry Insights

Careers advisers and vocational guidance specialists

Up to £24,000

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Metal working machine operatives

Up to £26,000

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Metal working production and maintenance fitters

Up to £36,000

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A selection of commonly asked questions relating to work placements.

How do I go about getting an industry placement?

There is a dedicated team of Work Placement Co-ordinators who are ready to work with you to find a suitable work placement which will help to develop your skills and experience. They will assess your personal, educational and transportation needs to help find the most tailored option possible. Also, if you have your own contacts or workplace which might be appropriate for the 300-hour industry work placement or the shorter work placement, please tell your designated Co-ordinator so this option may be explored. Co-ordinators can always be reached on 01904 770830 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Can I be paid on work placement?

The option is there for an employer to pay a student or to help with travel costs, but this is not mandatory and therefore should not be expected. As a part of the York College experience, it is expected that students work with their designated Co-ordinator to find an option that is feasible for the student and can be afforded. Please talk to your Co-ordinator about cost implications if this is an issue for you.

Why should I do a work placement?

  • Young people are more likely to be successful in their job hunt if they have undertaken a useful placement.
  • If you are unsure about your ultimate career choice, a work placement is a perfect way to see what’s out there. It’s a way of exploring different jobs without actually committing to anything.
  • It’s the best way to get a real sense of your chosen industry. You’ll get to speak to employees and ask them questions. You won’t know what it’s like until you get closer to the action.
  • Completing a work placement shows commitment and interest. It provides evidence that you are motivated about your chosen career and that you’ve got hands on experience to back up your learning.
  • A work placement gives you something concrete to put on your CV and something interesting to talk about in an interview situation.

When are the work placement hours to take place? (300-hour placement)

The government expectation is that students complete between 45 and 60 days of work placement time per year and each day must be 7 hours or more. At York College, this will be built into the timetable with at least one day per week being released for the placement. Students may, in many cases, attend two days per week if their timetable contains two days which are not to be spent in College. Any days which are not covered by the day release system can and should be made up in College holidays upon agreement between the employer, College and the student.

What do I do if there is a problem whilst I’m on placement?

Whilst on placement, you will have a designated supervisor who will manage your time there and you may speak to them about anything that you need to. However, your designated Placement Co-ordinator should also be contacted and informed so they can help you to overcome problems, in some cases by liaising with your College Progress Tutor and helping you to work things through. Office hours for Placement Co-ordinators are 8:30am – 5:00pm, Monday to Friday throughout the year and they can be reached by ringing 01904 770830 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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