Colleges announce support for Work Experience Week

South Leicestershire College and North Warwickshire & Hinckley College have been announced as key supporters of Work Experience Week 2016, in the lead up to this year’s campaign.

Marion Plant OBE FCGI, Principal and Chief Executive of North Warwickshire & Hinckley College and South Leicestershire College, which merged on 1 August 2016, joins a range of influential individuals who agree on one thing – that high quality work experience is vital to closing the skills gap.

Organised by national charity Fair Train, developers of the Work Experience Quality Standard accreditation, Work Experience Week is dedicated to raising awareness of the benefits of high quality work experience, demonstrating the difference a high quality placement can make to an individual’s employment prospects and life.  

This year’s campaign, which takes place from 10th-14th October, will see hundreds of events taking place across the country, engaging employers, learning provider and learners.

Marion Plant OBE FCGI, said: “Work Experience Week is a fabulous opportunity to highlight the value of work experience with employers and with our own student body. Work experience is an essential part of preparing for a career, allowing not only individuals to gain a true insight into the work environment, but for employers to use the opportunity to test students’ abilities to ensure skills are industry standard.”

Beth Gardner, CEO of Fair Train added: “We are thrilled that Marion is lending her support to this year’s Work Experience Week. It demonstrates not only that they see the value in offering high quality placements, but also that North Warwickshire & Hinckley College and South Leicestershire College are committed to driving this agenda forward and leading from the front.  

Work Experience Week provides a platform for them to showcase best practice and encourage others to do the same. The apprenticeship levy and implications following Brexit will lead to policy reform and change within the sector. Let’s use this opportunity to ensure quality is at the heart of everything we do.”

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