Looking for a Placement

Things to remember

  • Your work placement needs to be for 35 hours
  • The employer MUST HAVE Employers Liability Insurance


I’m not sure where I want to do my work placement

Have a think about what kind of work you actually want to experience

Make a list of different careers/job roles that you are interested in, then link these to organisations and companies that would be realistic for you to attend for work experience.

For example, if you are looking at attending a music venue in Manchester think about how you will get there and the time it will take. If this isn’t realistic you could also look at smaller venues closer to where to home or venues that you could travel to easily.


When do I start looking?

Start looking for your work placement as soon as you can as you will be completing with other young people who are applying to do work experience. Some companies have year-long (or more) waiting lists.

Don’t get disheartened!

It is not unheard of for people to send various emails or make phone calls and  only get a few responses back.

Tips for contacting an Employer (from app guide)

  • Try to speak to the correct person if you can. Employers get lots of CVs – stand out by meeting them personally. Ask for an opportunity to meet with the employer, or call by and visit.
  • If you’re emailing a company, try and find out the email of the person you need to send it to rather than a general email.
  • If the organisation is large, call and ask for the Human Resources Department. Otherwise, ask for the name of the person you should speak with about job vacancies.
  • Ask them about job opportunities in general, even if there are none at the time, and for a contact name & address for you to send your CV to.
  • Send a covering letter with your CV to the named contact, and tell them what type of work you’d be interested in, and how you are qualified to fill those roles.
  • Do you have a parent or relative whose company could benefit from a new member staff? Use the contacts you have already.


Tips for writing a covering letter

Covering letters that create a good first impression are well constructed, don’t contain any spelling mistakes or bad grammar, and support what you are saying in your CV. A good letter makes an employer sit up, take notice and want to read your CV. Keep your CV short, punchy and to the point. This means it shouldn’t be more than 2 pages of A4. We would advise using font Ariel, size 12.

For more hints and tips go to: www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk   and search ‘covering letter’. Kendal College’s Learning Centre can also provide support you to write CVs, applications and covering letters.


Useful Websites

National Careers Service – www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

This site includes a range of job profiles, employability tools, CV writing, interview tips and careers advice. Go to the ‘Career Tools’ tab for details on specific areas of work.

Don’t send out a generic CV and letter to everyone. Research, research, research! Then tailor it to make it personal to the employer.


Start Profile  – https://www.startprofile.com/

This site is a free online careers platform, designed to connect students up to 18 years with their future career potential.

Look under the Employability tab at the top to find support on work experience and to improve your chances of getting the job you want and being successful in your future career?