Cambridge Regional College - Centre of Vocational Excellence

Industry Placements

What is an Industry Placement?

Industry placements play a big part in preparing young people for the world of work. It is a valuable addition to their learning programme and allows them to put theoretical skills into practice. For the employer, it is a great opportunity to bring in extra resource, fresh ideas and scout for future talent. 

What do Industry Placements entail?

Unlike work experience, students on industry placements stay within the business for longer than just 1 or 2 weeks. Students are expected to complete 315 hours during their placement, and this work is unpaid unless the employer would like to pay a wage or contribute toward travel expenses. 

When do Industry Placements take place?

Full time courses at Cambridge Regional College are 3 days a week, leaving 2 days a week for industry placement and students will only be expected to work at their placements during term time.

For more information about hosting a student for an industry placement, please contact Sarah Fielding on 07514 642353 or email

An established vehicle body repair centre has told how having an industry placement student from Cambridge Regional College has given them faith in apprenticeships. Matt Cooper, of Cooper Barnes, took on a student who came to the firm twice a week for a year, alongside studies at CRC. It has been such a success that Matt has offered the student a full time apprenticeship. Read the full story here.

Helpful documents 

Quick Facts – Cambridge Regional College

Employer Information Guide – Department of Education 

Line Manager Guide – Department of Education

Benefits to Employers – Department of Education 

Cambridge Campus Status

Huntingdon Campus Status