Industrial Placements and T Levels
Industrial placements are a valuable opportunity to put your learning into practice and develop technical skills relevant to your vocational courses.
They will enable you to finish your programme of study with the skills, knowledge and expertise that employers are seeking. At Henley we have relationships with a broad range of employers and we’ll help you in finding the right placement. We then visit our students in the workplace to support and monitor their progress. When looking for a placement, the main thing is to keep an open mind.
You might have your heart set on working for a particular company, but it’s equally important to land the right role that will offer the best experience. We have a dedicated Industrial Placement Coordinator who is available to give advice and guidance to students following this route.
Cameron Scott is studying Travel and Tourism Extended Diploma Level 3 and is currently doing an Industry Placement at Cisco:
"My work placement with Cisco gave me really valuable, relevant experience to the career path I want to go down, I feel it helped me develop communicative skills through pitching and presenting ideas which would gear me towards the world of work."
"I first found out about the Cisco industrial placement through The Henley College, before I did the interview, we were given lots of support by internal staff members of the college including tutors and June Hogan the Industry placement coordinator.
The interview was 30 minutes and was made up of three parts we had to make a PowerPoint, do a role-play and talk about ourselves. Overall, the interview process was pleasant and despite my initial nerves, I felt comfortable once I started talking.
We found out if we had got the opportunity very quickly and then we started to work with people at Cisco.
There are many benefits to the Cisco industrial placement, the main one for me is being able to explore a company I may not have considered without this placement. I have learned about different aspects of the business and it has helped me to understand what I may want to do when I leave The Henley College.
Doing the industrial placement also looks good on your CV and will help you to better understand what it’s like to be in the working environment. Since starting at Cisco I have already found myself asking more questions and being more confident to explore different challenges and I look forward to learning more with the support of staff there."
Engineering Extended Diploma Level 3 student:
"I am currently enjoying my work placement at Ashby Precision Engineering.
I have found this work placement has been really good for me as I have learned a lot of new skills. Every week I have been able to operate the manual machinery, CNC machinery, and different cleaning processes that they use at Ashby.
Some of the main things that have stood out for me are: how to set up different jobs inside the CNC machines and started the machines to make the part; how to use different tools on the manual milling machines and made parts for customers of Ashby, how to use the ultrasonic cleaners to prepare parts for oxygen use."
In September 2022 we will be offering a brand new qualification called T Levels. T Levels are high quality technical courses, designed with employers, to give young people the skills that industries need, and for them to thrive in the workplace. They are two year courses, equivalent to 3 A Levels, that can be studied following GCSEs. T Levels focus on vocational skills providing technical skills specific to a learner’s chosen industry or occupation. 80% of the course is study time in College, gaining industry specific skills and knowledge. 20% is industry placement, putting into practice the knowledge and technical skills learnt in the classroom. On completion, students receive a nationally recognised qualification and will be prepared for their future progression routes, that include skilled employment, higher level apprenticeships or higher education.
Teacher and Industrial Placement Coordinator
June is responsible for setting up a programme of work placements for students and then monitoring their progress,
June spends time meeting with students, supporting them through the placement process, and helping them to develop employability skills while they are working for their employer. Her commitment to the placement scheme has resulted in an incredibly high retention rate for students with more than three quarters remaining on the scheme.
June’s hard work and dedication was recently recognised with a nomination for a Sixth Form College Association (SFCA) Award for Enrichment and Employability. June was nominated for the award by her colleagues for her tremendous commitment to the development of the Industrial Placement Programme for students.
June said: “ I am so passionate about the work that I do in developing employer relationships with organisations such as Cisco and Softcat. I am incredibly grateful for the nomination and look forward to seeing the impact these initiatives have on our students’ employability and their careers and beyond The Henley College.
Summer is studying Travel and Tourism (Extended Diploma) Level 3.
“As part of my course, I was lucky enough to take part in the college Industrial placement programme. I was lucky enough to know what career path I wanted to go down. This for me is Real Estate. I had a very good contact and with the help of my teacher June Hogan, who spoke to my contact about the Industrial placement, I was able to secure a place with Knight Frank in London. Every Wednesday I would travel to the office that I was assigned to for that week. The college funded my travel expenses during my time with Knight Frank. During my time there I would take clients to viewings, I also took videos of properties to update the website. Working with Knight Frank showed me how much everyone enjoyed their jobs and I got to experience what the negotiators did on a day-to-day basis.
During this placement I have had a taste of what it's like working for Knight Frank and this has helped me decide that this is the career pathway that I want to take. As a result of the Industrial placement, I have been offered a job in one of the offices as a junior lettings negotiator which will start after I have finished by college course this year.
Doing this Industrial placement has given me the opportunity to gain new skills as well as the employability skills required for real life work.
At the age of 17 I have already secured a job at a top estate agency in central London. I'm glad that I had the opportunity to take part in the Industrial Placement programme.”
Industrial Placement Event
Watch the a recording of our Industrial Placement event and find out more about the programme, how an Industrial Placement will help you, what the placement will look like, and how placements have helped other students.