Work Experience Quality Standard

More than 500 organisations have now sought and achieved Fair Train's Work Experience Quality Assurance Standard accreditation. It is both a measure by which you can assess your current provision, and where and how it could be improved, and a step-by-step guide to doing so.

The employers amongst our accredited organisations range from large corporations, including British Airways, Bentley Motors and Cisco UK & Ireland, to more than 50 NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts, over a dozen local Councils, and smaller organisations like Chesterfield Community Care Farm. The list grows daily.

They all recognise the benefits of this accreditation, which can be summarised as standing out in the increasingly competitive marketplace to attract the workforce of tomorrow.

To read more about the Employer's Work Experience Quality Standard, click here.

Starter Kit for Employers 

What is Fair Train's Starter Kit and how do I get one?

Would you like to offer a young (or older) person a placement but don’t know where to start? Or would you like to improve or grow the placements you’ve offered in the past?


This Starter Kit is ideal for an employer who would like to be able to offer any kind of Work-Based Learning placements, from school work experience to apprenticeships, at HIGH QUALITY. All our expertise has gone into creating clear and simple guidance, customisable templates and handy resources so that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel and can be confident that your work placements will benefit your organisation as well as the learner/s you host.


As well as all the template policies and forms you'll need, the Starter Kit includes guidance on topics from the application process and induction to planning suitable activities, risk assessment, safeguarding and much more. If you follow the guidance in the Starter Kit, you'll be able to achieve our Work Experience Quality Standard at Bronze Level, and we'll be available to support you as you progress. As soon as your organisation has offered a placement at a standard that meets the Bronze criteria, you can apply for this valuable and highly regarded accreditation for no additional cost.

“I think Fair Train’s newly available Starter Kit is a really exciting development. As it mirrors the criteria in Fair Train’s Work Experience Quality Standard accreditation, the kit will enable an employer embarking on offering work experience or any other kind of work-based learning placements to do so at quality, right from the start. It’s also an extremely helpful “how to” guide, and that it leads directly to accreditation of employers who deliver placements at the required quality is a real bonus.”


Mark Dawe, CEO, AELP

You’ll also get access to our members' area, which contains further resources, and to telephone support from our expert team to enable you to achieve our Silver or Gold level accreditation, should you wish to upgrade. 

The Starter Kit is excellent value. It costs the same as Fair Train’s Bronze level accreditation fee, which is based on the size of your organisation; that's why your accreditation is already paid for when you've done your first placement. You can view the accreditation fees by clicking here.  

The production of the resources in the Fair Train Starter Kit has been generously sponsored by John Ratcliff CBE and Marsha Rae Ratcliff OBE.

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