Beating COVID-19

We’re gathering information and ideas from our accredited organisations about how they’re overcoming, or planning to overcome, COVID-19 restrictions to make work-based learning placements available in different, new, and innovative ways – virtual, remote, distant etc.


We can then share those ideas and tips with all organisations involved in delivering placements and determined to continue to do so in the “new normal” environment.


Here are our Newsletters over the last year. If you have any interesting stories and/or pictures that we could include in a future newsletter, please send them to

Latest News

West Herts College Fair Train

West Herts College building relationships and opportunities in construction and engineering

In a demonstration of how well Gold level Work Experience Quality Standard West Herts College builds and maintains relationships in all areas of its community, three groups of its students from Construction and Engineering courses recently visited the Kier and Jarvis construction site for Watford Riverwell. Watford Riverwell is the largest mixed-use regeneration project in Watford and will deliver new homes, shops, community facilities and open spaces.


To read about what the students got up to, please Click here 

Careers & Enterprise Company Fair Train

Careers and Enterprise Company to launch Digital Careers Day and is looking for hosts

The Careers and Enterprise Company is looking for hosts to deliver sessions to young people as part of its new Digital Careers Day initiative on Thursday 20th June 2019 which is contributing to the Lord Mayor of London’s ‘Tomorrow’s Cities Today’ mayoral initiative - designed to connect young people and employers.

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KMF hold Robot Wars style competition to promote STEM subjects

This year, KMF is working with previous Robot Wars champions and production crew members to help inspire the next generation of technology-led engineers. Robot Rivalry, the seventh annual Young Engineer of the Year competition will challenge year 10 students from 16 Stoke & Staffordshire high schools to design, build and battle real-life robots, with the Semi-final battle hosted by previous 'The Gadget Show' host Jason Bradbury.


To read more, click here.

Two fantastic stories from Blackpool Council's Chance2Shine recruitment service.

April and Connor have both found paid employment at Sainsbury's through Blackpool Council's Chance2Shine programme and its new ethical recruitment service.

Click here to read more.

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Great stories from accredited NHS organisations

Read about the recent fantastic stories and programmes from some of our NHS accredited organisations.

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Carle Consult Fair Train

Partnership announced between Fair Train and Carley Consult

We are delighted to announce our partnership with the multi award-winning, Doncaster based Carley Consult which will be acting on our behalf to champion high-quality work-based learning through Fair Train’s Work Experience Quality Standard accreditation and “how to” guide.

Click here to read more.


New initiative at Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
sees Apprentices mentoring Work Experience Students. 

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to have launched its new and very exciting initiative which utilises the skills of its hugely impressive apprentices to mentor Work Experience students during their placements!

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Blackpool Council's Chance2Shine shines brightly as it launches

new ethical recruitment agency

Blackpool Council’s award-winning work placement programme, Chance2Shine, launched its new ethical recruitment agency, Chance2Shine Recruitment last month. It will facilitate employers to offer people temporary paid work, with profits from the recruitment agency being reinvested into ‘back-to-work’ schemes which will help local people move into work with local employers.

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West Herts College Fair Train

Gold meets Gold as West Herts College and British Airways

fly high together!

It’s been a great 2018 for Work Experience opportunities at West Herts College! 91% of its 4,500 students have participated in some form of work experience or social action project this year. West Herts continues to work with excellent employers and this year it has been made a ‘college partner’ of one of Fair Train’s other Gold Level accredited organisations, British Airways.

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Shrewsbury Telford NHS Trust Fair Train

Two exciting days in a row for one NHS Trust in Shropshire

Two uplifting stories in two days for Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Hospital Trust: one of its team wins annual Work Experience Award - and the Trust takes part in an all-day event at Shrewsbury Town F.C. to get young students enthusiastic about a career in the NHS.

Click here to read more.

robert jones and agnes hunt NHS Trust Fair Train

A shining example Apprentice!

Award-winning apprentice, Sophie Donnelly, is reaping the benefits of the dedication and hard work she put into her Level 3 Business and Administration apprenticeship through Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and SBC Training.

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CAREERS EVENING: Monday 12th November; 5:30 – 8:00pm; Southmead Hospital

To avoid clashing with the region-wide 3-college careers fair “Ambitions 2018” taking place in Bristol in October, North Bristol NHS Trust decided to extend its Work Experience Month into November! It will be staging its next Careers Evening next Monday, building on the terrific success of the Trust’s last event of this type.

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Sky Fair Train

Sky Work Experience event aims to tackle gender imbalance in Software and Technology sector

Alongside creativity, technology is at the heart of everything that Sky does - which is why it's serious about supporting the next generation of "tech. talent" in a great Work Experience Month event: Girls can Code -a Software and Technology insight day exclusively for women who are passionate about coding.

Click here to read more.

Busy, wide-ranging and content-rich Work Experience at

Notting Hill Genesis

To mark Work Experience Month 2018, Notting Hill Genesis – accredited at Gold by Fair Train – has just given 26 students wide-ranging Work Experience, from IT to regeneration … plus a trip to the Houses of Parliament and specialist advice from Barclays’ Your Life Skills.

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Careers & Enterprise Company Fair Train

Ending Work Experience Month 2018 with a Gold level accreditation to the Careers & Enterprise Company. 

Welcoming the Careers & Enterprise Company to the Fair Train family with its Work Experience Quality Standard awarded at Gold is a great way to end Work Experience Month 2018. That’s because the company is, of course, right at the heart of this sector as the government backed organisation that helps prepare young people for the fast-changing world of work.

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Care Plus Group Fair Train

A vibrant Work Experience Month for Care Plus Group - with a video that brilliantly captures the flavour of its "curtain raiser" event

With a highly successful Humber LEP Health and Social Care Group event as a “curtain raiser”, Work Experience Month is in full swing in Lincolnshire - as Care Plus Group’s Supported Employment Services continue to promote work experience opportunities for people of all abilities.

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Opportunities for all on Chesterfield Community Care Farm

Chesterfield Community Care Farm is also innovative. To mark Work Experience Month 2018, 10 trainee nurses from the University of Derby have just completed a 1-week work placement at the farm.

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From “Energy from Waste” to Beams and Lloyds Banking Group,

London South East Colleges offer a diverse range of Work Experience for students during Work Experience Month (and all year round!)

It’s an extremely busy week in an extremely busy Work Experience Month for Gold level Work Experience Quality Standard accredited London South East Colleges. It’s had three very different Work Experience opportunities on offer to its students for this year’s Work Experience Month, from banking and health and social care to energy and waste management.

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Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is shining brightly for creating exceptional Work Experience opportunities, especially the Health Academy

It’s an exciting time for the newly accepted cohort of Health Academy students at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, as they’ve just started their work placements in a variety of areas and specialisms: a great Work Experience Month moment.

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With opportunities galore and its always innovative approach, British Airways is flying even higher for Work Experience Month 2018!

British Airways hosted 200 young people in the Waterside Theatre at its Headquarters in Harmondsworth, near Heathrow, for its Your Flying Future event - plus, much much more throughout the month. 


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Fair Train and Alliance Manchester Business School team up as MBA students conduct full review of our operations

we’re delighted to be being supported by the world-renowned Alliance Manchester Business School.  As the first project in their full-time MBA course, five students from the school are currently conducting a full review of the environment in which we’re operating and where we’re placed within it and of how we’re performing


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Fair Train's creativity supports its accredited organisations in many ways

We want to support our organisations in as wide a range of ways as possible: not just in all that the Work Experience Quality Standard and its associated processes and resources have to offer, and in bringing organisations together to share tips and spark ideas off each other, but in more “bespoke” ways, whenever we can and whenever resources allow.


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Tinies championing workforce development in a sector where the need is growing exponentially

Raising awareness about the thousands of job opportunities in the Childcare sector and demonstrating the crucial importance to UK society of the work of early-years professionals, Tinies campaign is setting out to inspire the next generation of childcarers.


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Excite them in the early years!

The Work Experience Quality Standard accredited Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt NHS Foundation Trust is highlighting Work Experience Month 2018 with a visit today (Thursday 18th October) by 15 Ambassadors from the Trust to a local school in Shrewsbury, during which up to 80 pupils will get an insight into working for the NHS


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70 students gain valuable insight into careers with the NHS at Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

Work Experience Month marks a milestone and celebration for the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust as it notches up its 174th work-based learning placement in the 6-month period, April to September this year. Also read about how 75% of student take up offer of work shadowing over the summer.


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Salford Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust going up through the gears for Work Experience Month 

It’s hard to believe that Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust can go up through the gears and get even busier in its Work Experience activities for Work Experience Month – but that’s exactly what the team there is doing.


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New Case Studies for Work Experience Month 2018

This is what it’s all about! A fantastic selection of new case studies especially for Work Experience Month showcasing different work-based learning activities from a range of WEQS organisations.

Please click below.

WEM 2018 Case Study - My Traineeship Journey at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

University Hosptials Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (October 2018)

Education & Employers - Inspiring the Future Volunteering Platform Video

Thanks to Bev Munden, Franchise Manager of Tinies, for bringing this really interesting video to our attention – to pass on to all our organisations. Please feel free to share.


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“Even better than truly brilliant” - Lifting the lid on the Fair Train audit process

On-site audits are an extremely important part of Fair Train’s operations, as they help us to ensure the rigour and continued credibility of our Work Experience Quality Standard. Read about Gold level accredited organisation - First Choice Home and its recent, and successful audit.


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Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust's exciting activities for Work Experience Month 2018

Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust celebrates Work Experience Month with a Nursing and Midwifery Career Event and Get Into pre-employment programme.


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The Big Bang is about to explode at Furness College and Barrow Sixth Form College!

Furness College is currently putting the finishing touches to plans for proudly hosting STEM businesses to deliver key career information and advice for students across a 2-day event next week called ‘Big Bang’. The College has also arranged very exciting and wide-ranging work placement opportunities for their students; most notably an engineering student going to Ørsted Wind Farms in Barrow-in-Furness.


Click here to read more.

EY Foundation’s outstanding Smart Futures and Our Future programmes

EY Foundation’s outstanding Smart Futures and Our Future programmes spread their reach to include, for the very first time, Stoke-on-Trent and Wolverhampton..


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Work Experience is not just for those starting out on their careers as East Cheshire NHS Trust pre-employment programme proves

East Cheshire NHS Trust is running a pre-employment programme, in partnership with Job Centre Plus/DWP and Cheshire and Wirral Partnership Trust, to support up ten local people back into employment.


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Former apprentice produces Work Experience Videos for Havering College 

Just four great examples of a suite of Work Experience videos produced in-house by a former apprentice at Gold-Level Work Experience Quality Standard - Havering College. Please feel free to use and share!


Click here to see the videos.

Never an organisation to stand still, Doncaster Council is now going into the movie business. (Well, sort of!)

To keep itself even more busy than usual during Work Experience Month (!), Doncaster Council has embarked on the production of a Work Experience video. This will build on the many programmes the Council runs to promote work-based learning opportunities, like its Apprenticeship Insight Days.


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Inaugural event for Tailored Education and a great example of client-focused bespoke programming

A Work Experience Month highlight is Tailored Education in Bolton just completing its inaugural Work Ready Week programme which was attended by up to fifteen Year 10 students from St. James Church of England High School every day.


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Spark! Awards: celebrating the best in education and business for

Work Experience

The focus in Work Experience Month for Spark! is definitely on celebrating, as it completes final preparations for its 32nd annual awards which recognise achievements in education and business partnerships.


Click here to read more.

2nd. October 2018

Fair Train and Torbay Council initiate 2-year partnership to support Torbay’s Social Care sector

A two-year partnership between Fair Train, the UK’s Work Experience expert, and Torbay Council has gone into action today with the announcement of the first three Torbay social care providers to achieve Fair Train’s prestigious Work Experience Quality Standard accreditation.


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1st. October 2018

5-year partnership announced with Health Education England

Work Experience Month’s off to a very special start: announcing a five-year Fair Train and Health Education England partnership with the aim of getting around 200 NHS organisations accredited: a significant contribution to the development of the NHS workforce of the future.


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