Increasing work placements in technical education

6 July 2017

Learning and Work Institute has welcomed the £50 million investment announced today by the Education Secretary, Justine Greening MP, to fund high quality work placements for students on technical education programmes from April 2018.

Alongside today’s announcement, the Department for Education have published new research which shows that the volume of available work placements will need to increase significantly in order to meet the Government’s ambitions.

The research, led by Learning and Work Institute in partnership with Fair Train, provides findings from a call for evidence involving more than 130 further education colleges, training providers, employers and local authorities.

Stephen Evans, Chief Executive of Learning and Work Institute said:

Our research, published today, shows there is a real appetite for work placements among both providers and employers – the benefits to individuals of high quality placements are clear. So it is right that work placements will be a core part of reforms of technical education and we welcome the £50 million investment confirmed today.

“However, the research also shows the challenges that such an expansion of work placements, coupled with the need for high quality, will bring. To make a success of the new system, providers and employers need support to know what ‘good’ looks like and how to flexibly deliver in a way that works for all. We also need clarity in our ask of employers and joined up support to enable them to respond to this.

“Ultimately work placements need to work for people and employers. We need a careful timetable and clear support to achieve this.”