Industry placements guidance resources

This page contains a set of guidance materials focusing on how to effectively implement industry placements.

Based on the experience and learning from the Industry Placements Pilot Scheme which is running throughout academic year 17/18, The Challenge, on behalf of Department for Education, have created these resources for post-16 education providers and employers. These resources will be particularly useful for providers who will be delivering industry placements in academic year 18/19 with funding from the Department for Education’s capacity and delivery fund.

Quick overview documents

Please see the index of resources first, which gives an overview of industry placement procedure.

Delivering quality placements.pdf

Planning industry placements.pdf

Business case for industry placements.pdf

For providers - 'How to' guidance

Before placement

How to implement industry placements.pdf

Engaging students and parents/guardians.pdf

Engaging staff.pdf

How to prepare students.pdf

Employer engagement guidance toolkit.pdf

Health & safety, insurance and safeguarding guidance.pdf

Placement matching.pdf

For students:

How to find your own industry placements.pdf

Student handbook.pdf

During placement

Resolving challenging scenarios.pdf

Placement support for education providers.pdf

Tools and Templates

Employment engagement:

Employer information request form - 2018-2019.docx

Employer sign up form.docx

Employment flyer.pdf

Employer participation logos

Employer thank you card.pdf

Before placement:

Presentation for launch event.pptx

Launching industry placements for senior leadership team.pdf

Launching industry placements for parents/guardians [letter template].docx

Launching industry placements for students [email template].docx

Launching industry placements for staff [email template].docx

Industry Placement Student Preparation Survey.docx

Review of student readiness for industry placement.docx

Top tips for interviews.docx

Example interview questions.docx

Due diligence of employers form.docx

Industry placement agreement.docx

During placement:

Induction checklist.docx

Midpoint review of student progress on industry placement.docx

Final review of student progress on industry placement.docx

Student log book.docx

Post-placement tools:

End of industry placement employer reference template.docx

Case Study Template.docx

Certificate of completion (for students).docx

Inspiring students materials:

Facebook post
Instagram post
Launch email
Print flyer
Print poster
Twitter image

For employers

Employer information guide (2nd edition).pdf

Line manager guide.pdf

Business case for industry placements.pdf


A video providing an overview of the guidance resources.

Industry placements guidance resources

Capacity and delivery fund (CDF) year 1 evaluation

The research team have comprised a brief presentation talking through some of the common themes that are emerging, including sourcing placements; achieving high quality placements; internal resourcing and access to and experience of support. You can watch the webinar here.

For any enquiries regarding industry placements, please contact the Education & Skills Funding Agency Service using this online enquiry form, or by searching for Industry Placements.

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