Work Experience & Placements

Work experience is a valuable way to find out more about a role, the organisation and the care sector. You will be exposed to different people and the work they do. It can also give you an insight into people’s lives you are helping and see the difference you can make. Having good exposure and work experience can help you find out what career you may be interested in and the skills and qualities you need to do the job.

Work experience are usually formal arrangements made between schools or colleges and the employer. They can also be arranged by organisations who offer employment support in your borough. Sometimes you can approach organisations and companies directly who offer work experience to people on their websites.

If you are in a school or college and looking for work experience you will need to speak to your careers advisor.

If you are a teacher, careers advisor or employer responsible for supporting people on work experience, there are a range of guides with practical information to assist you. Visit:

Offering meaningful work experience: a guide for adult social care employers (Skills for Care)

Work experience toolkit for teachers and careers advisors (NHS)


Placements are usually for those who are studying a specialist programme and require a placement to meet the course requirements. These are usually organised between the university or college and the employer.