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Work placements

Completing a meaningful work placement is an essential part of your study programme. It is important to develop the skills needed for your eventual chosen career. The work placement team is available to support and guide you on your journey into the world of work.

Available support includes:

  • live vacancies on the college job shop
  • health and safety checks of the company
  • guidance with application forms
  • help researching companies
  • CV and letter writing tips.

Start planning early

You should start to plan your work placement when you start college. Remember it may take time to complete a health and safety check of the company. If you want to work in a school you will probably need to undergo a DBS check, which can take up to six weeks.

You will need to ensure that the placement you choose is relevant to you, and will provide you with the skills you need to develop for your chosen career.

Work placements will improve your CV by showing employers you have experience in employment. Plus your employer from a work placement could potentially act as a reference for when you leave college and progress onto your next steps.

When looking for a work placement, you should consider the following:

  • Search related websites including the college Job Shop
  • Speak to friends and family – an introduction from someone within a company is often key to securing a placement
  • Call in to organisations with a CV or ring them – direct contact is much more successful than sending emails
  • Research companies, send letters and emails

Work placements advertised on the student job shop

Visit the student job shop to browse work placement vacancies.

Visit the student job shop

International work placements

As a West Notts student, you may also get the opportunity to carry out a work placement internationally!

Recently, a group of 15 West Notts students visited Tartu in Estonia to gain experience of what life’s like in a different country. All students completed a placement in various colleges in Tartu, to gain valuable experience in their chosen career path. In the students ‘free time’ they visited museums, shopping centres and many restaurants to enjoy and learn all about the different culture in Tartu, Estonia.

The film below was created by West Notts students who attended.

Contact us

Use the contact details below or drop-in to make an appointment to see one of our advisers.

Work Placement Team: 01623 627191 ext 8634, 8281 or 8114

Feel free to drop-in to student services at Derby Road room 103 to look at current work placement vacancies available and for support with completing applications or ringing companies.

Why choose West Notts?

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100% A Level pass rate in 2018

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Best A Level provider in Mansfield and Ashfield for student progress*

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One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction**

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An extensive bus service across Mansfield and the surrounding area

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£50m investment in our facilities since 2008

*Value added is a measure of a student’s progress against their starting point
**Learner Exit Survey 2017/18
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