Work Placement

Work Placements allow young people to have a richer experience of the workplace.

What are Work Experience Placements?

Work Experience Placements are an important part of a young person’s education, helping them to gain meaningful exposure to the world of work and helping them to plan their future career.

If you would like to offer work experience, please complete the form below and return to our Education Team:




If you do not currently offer work experience but would like to find out more information, please contact our Education Team or call 01292 678666.

DYW Ayrshire have developed guidelines to assist you to raise the quality of the learning that a work placement can offer while motivating and inspiring all involved. Check out their Ayrshire Ask.



Work Experience Week

In December 2023, DYW Ayrshire ran a #WorkExperienceWeek campaign to highlight the benefits of the programme to employers and young people.

You can download their toolkit to read more information about this or search #WorkExperienceWeek on social media to view some posts, good news stories and reasons as to why this programme is so important.

Work Experience Week 2023 Toolkit.pdf
Who to contact

Who to contact for help & support relating to a work placement

If you are looking for help & support prior to the placement then please contact the Education Team on 01292 678666.

You should receive a letter from the school approximately 2 weeks before a placement starts, this will detail a contact in the school should an issue arise during the placement. If for some reason you are unable to reach the named contact then please contact the Chamber by the above methods.

Sample Induction Programmes

Sample Induction Programmes

Please find a selection of sample induction programmes for pupils:

Appropriate Activities

Appropriate activities for a pupil during placement

The starting point for organising a work experience placement is to identify exactly what opportunity you are offering. This means compiling a timetable of meaningful activities for the duration of the placement.

Sample Timetables of Activity:

Feedback Session

Feedback session with the pupil before end of their placement

To ensure the pupils learning experience has been fulfilled it is beneficial that a feedback session takes place. This allows the employer to highlight areas that the pupil has flourished and areas that could be developed in the future.

Health & Safety Guidance

Health & Safety Guidance

To help your business prepare for a young person carrying out a placement, we have compiled a list of useful documents:

Example Risk Assessments

Example Risk Assessments

We have also listed sector specific sample risk assessments for your information:

The above are only guidelines and we encourage you to adapt to suit your business.