Call for evidence: work placements in technical education

18 January 2017




The Government has recently announced plans to reform technical education in England. The Post-16 Skills Plan outlines its intentions to develop a framework to help support young people and adults into sustainable skilled employment. The availability of work placements (lasting 1-3 months) for learners on college-based technical routes will be central to the successful delivery of the reforms.

Learning and Work Institute (L&W), in partnership with Fair Train, has been commissioned by Department for Education (DfE) to conduct a call for evidence to understand what effective practice in work placements looks like, how current work experience may be increased in scale, how this can be achieved, and the challenges to delivery. The call for evidence provides an opportunity for FE providers and employers to help inform and influence future policy and practice.
We are running three workshops in early 2017 to discuss good practice in delivering work placements and how work placements can be successfully implemented and up-scaled. We welcome attendance from FE providers and employers with a range of experience, including: those who currently deliver work placements; those who have offered them in the past but have stopped; and those who have not offered work placements before.


How to get involved

We are asking for submissions of evidence on experiences of work placement practice.

  1. Submit a response to an online survey which is now live, relating to the past or present work placement delivery in Post-16 sector.
  2. During January and February 2017, we will be holding seminars to discuss work placements in technical education.

These seminars will be held in:

London | 25 January 2017 | 12.30pm – 4.30pm

Westminster Conference Centre, 1 Victoria St, Westminster, London SW1H 0ET

Sheffield | 1 February 2017 | 12.30pm - 4.30pm  

Novotel Sheffield Centre, 50 Arundel Gate, Sheffield, S1 2PR

Leicester | 2 February 2017 | 10.30am - 2.30pm  

Learning and Work Institute, 21 De Montfort Street Leicester, LE1 7GE


To reserve your place, please email Kashif Mirza.
Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. We welcome attendance from a range of stakeholders, but priority will be given to FE providers and employers.





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