Employer Benefits

As an employer, you can play a key role in developing students’ technical and employability skills whilst building their confidence.

Why placements work:

  • You add extra resources to your day-to-day business operations
  • You will enable existing staff to develop management skills whilst supervising a student
  • You inject fresh ideas and practice from students who are currently training in the industry
  • You inspire and support the next generation of workers in your industry
  • You access a potential future workforce
  • You address current and future skill shortages in your industry
  • You strengthen you recruitment pipeline and increase people-diversity


The placement process:

  • The majority of 16-18 year old students undertaking full time Level 3 land-based courses are required to participate in compulsory Industry Placement relating to their study programme. Level 2 students who are also interested in gaining industry experience can also take part.

  • The College will timetable in one day per week during term-time for students to attend their placement. Students can also utilise non-college days, weekends and holidays to complete the required placement hours.

  • The typical duration of a work placement is an average of 350 hours per placement over the academic year. The typical hours of a work placement day would be 8 hours including a 1 hour lunch.

  • Get in touch with the Industry Placement Team to log your interest. Ensure you have a safe and healthy workplace to support a quality industry placement. Ensure you have suitable staff to supervise students on placement and think about a work plan that a student could be involved in.

  • We will find you a student for your work environment, support you with the completion of placement documentation, ensure the student is work ready and manage expectations with the role and behaviours required in the workplace with the student.

    We will review your safe working practices with you to ensure you are able to support a high quality placement, and then visit you through the placement at keys points to review the student’s progress and achievements.

Looking for more information?

Visit our Open Days or speak to our friendly Industry Placements team:
Call 01962 797415 or email ip@sparsholt.ac.uk

We also promote the benefits of Industry Placements at our sister campus, Andover College.