Work Experience

Support young people in taking their first steps into work

Boston College has been delivering high quality training and development for young people for over 50 years.

The College believes that providing young people with an opportunity to undertake real work in the work place, significantly improves their employment prospects and contributes to a better equipped future workforce.

Could you offer work experience?

Boston College wants to work with local businesses to provide learners with the best possible introduction to work life. Offering a work experience placement does not just benefit the learner by providing them with valuable experience, your business can also benefit:

🡆 You will have the opportunity to identify new local talent.

🡆 You will be able to help build the skills of the future workforce, something that could potentially help your own workforce.

🡆 You can use the experience to develop the supervisory and management skills of your current employees.

🡆 By supporting the local community, your own public profile will rise.

🡆 You may be able to have input into what Boston College delivers, to make sure learners are work ready.

What to expect as a work experience placement

All work experience learners are aged between 16-19, and are enrolled on a course which requires them to complete a period of work experience as part of their study programme. You will be matched with a learner that is studying a course linked to your industry.

Boston College will complete all of the relevant planning and preparation and will also provide full guidance on your responsibilities as an employer, please see below for information on Equality, Diversity and Inclusive, as well as Safeguarding. The College will always be available to support both you and the learner while they are with you.

🡆 Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Statement

🡆 Safeguarding Young People and Vulnerable Adults - Guidance for Employers

🡆 Safeguarding - What to do out of College hours

With the College closing for Christmas, the Safeguarding email address will not be monitored between 2:00pm on Wednesday 20th December 2023 and 8:30am on Tuesday 2nd January 2024.



T Levels

T Levels are brand new two year courses, available for those aged 16 to 18 years old, and are the equivalent to three A Levels. Endorsed by businesses, they bring together classroom learning and a 315 hour industry placement to allow students to experience an industry while continuing their studies.

T Levels give young people the skills and knowledge they need to get a head start towards their future career and support organisations like yours. To find out more about T Levels and how to get involved, please visit our 'T Levels' page.

Work Experience FAQs



What is Work Experience?

Work experience is the opportunity for young people to engage in a work situation at a real business or organisation. The learner will carry out a range of tasks similar to an employee, but with the emphasis placed on learning.

The length of a work experience placement varies across all course areas, but they typically last for around 30-35 hours. These hours can be completed over one or two days a week outside of the learner's college timetable, to suit your business.

Please note that learners can only work for a maximum of 37 hours per week or eight hours per day.

Industry Placements - Level 3 learners also have the opportunity to take part in a long term work experience placement. These placements usually last for a minimum of 315 hours over the academic year.

No, you are not expected to pay the learner.

Yes, an interview or meeting can be arranged to ensure that they are suitable for the placement. This forms part of the overall experience for the learner.

Yes, of course! Boston College is happy to work with you to offer multiple placements

Careers Events and Programme

The Boston College Careers Team regularly organise events throughout the year, such as university visits, Higher Education fairs, talks and external visitor stands. If you would like to get involved and offer your services, please contact our Information Line on 01205 313218 or by email and ask to speak to a member of the Careers Team.

The College also has a yearly Career Programme, which will let you know when and which career services are being offer during the year, as well as Next Steps, delivered as part of a curriculum tutorial all about potential career pathways and next steps. For out of College hours Safeguarding support, please refer to our 'Safeguarding: What To Do Out Of College Hours' contact list. 

Need Some Information?

If you are interested in becoming a Boston College work experience placement or if you would like to find out some more information, please contact the College's Assistant Work Experience Manager on 01205 365701 or email

You can download our course guide