Process Overview

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You can choose whether to offer a work placement that takes place either:

  • over a set week, from Monday to Friday
  • one or two days a week over a longer period of time.

You can choose your own dates, or negotiate them with the school and young person – this means you can fit the placement around the best time for you and your company.

You will complete a simple form detailing the work placement you have on offer, the hours of work, dress code and lunch arrangements for the young person.

You will be contacted by a member of the work placement team at your local authority who will confirm your health and safety arrangements and may want to visit you. The visit will not take up much of your time and is not an audit or inspection. It’s more about making sure you have all the information you need for a safe and successful placement and an opportunity to ask questions.

Your placement details are then entered into our Workit database and advertised to schools, where pupils can view and apply for the placements. Their teacher will encourage them to choose a placement that relates to their career aspirations.

Whichever type of placement you offer, and method of application the young person uses, there is a procedure in place to ensure all requirements are met before the placement starts.

Have a look at what's involved in each stage of the process below.

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