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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

Katie Spence had great success with an Industry Placement at a doggy day care centre, Barkley Grange, that has been the stepping stone of inspiration for student who is now focused on her future thanks to ‘the best work experience placement I could have dreamt of.’ Read her 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 

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