Last Updated: Thursday, December 12, 2019

Work placements – Block placements, Extended placements, Flexible placements, Inspiration and Visits

What is this?

This resource outlines the context of work placement and work-related learning activity in Scotland’s establishments. It illustrates the progress that schools have made in order to meet the recommendations for Developing the Young Workforce, the Work Placements Standard, the Career Education Standard (3-18), and the Guidance for School/Employer Partnerships.

The resource provides an overview of the commitment to support young people in order to make the most of their opportunities in life. It also provides exemplification to support further implementation of work-related learning opportunities nationally.

Who is this for?

This resource will inspire schools to review and enhance their own good practice. It will also be of interest to employers and parents/carers.

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Placements and exemplars

Work placements should enable young people to experience a relevant, challenging, enjoyable and appropriate learning experience within the contemporary workplace. A work placement should help the young person to make informed decisions about their future careers.

This resource covers:

  • Block placements
  • Extended placements
  • Flexible placements
  • Inspiration and Visits

Block placement examples:

Extended placement examples:

Flexible placement examples:

Inspiration and visit examples:

Improvement questions

  • How effectively do you plan for career education opportunities and progression pathways for learners in your school?
  • In what ways do you ensure that you meet the needs of all learners in order to develop skills for learning life and work?
  • In what ways does the curriculum provision and timetabling in your establishment incorporate career education for all learners?
  • To what extent are partners involved in delivering meaningful, work-related experiences for learners; the delivery of skills and qualifications and highlighting prospective career opportunities?