Last Updated: Friday, May 14, 2021

Virtual Work Placements Guidance

What is this?

This guidance document outlines the standard and related expectations of virtual work placements.

Who is this for?

This resource is for all teachers, practitioners, employers, lectures etc involved in the development and implementation of Virtual Work Placements (VWPs).

This document provides guidance in order to support the delivery of high quality Virtual Work Placements in accordance with a set of national expectations. It offers some practical advice and exemplification to those involved in the planning, running and evaluation of VWPs.

Alongside essential requirements, the guidance also refers to safeguarding procedures, certification and recognition of learning and achievements.

Improvement questions

  • To what extent can virtual work placements become part of the overall work placement offer in your establishment?
  • In what way to you think the delivery of Virtual Work Placements will impact on the equitable delivery of work-based/related learning experiences?
  • What do you consider to be the benefits and challenges of Virtual Work Placements?
  • How do you ensure the quality of VWP for participating learners?


PDF file: Virtual Work Placements Guidance - March 2021 (367 KB)