Is your business growing and does it need to increase its workforce? Do you have a succession plan in place? Do you need to bring new skills to the business? Do you need to engage fresh new talent?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above questions, have you considered offering work experience opportunities? Or have you experimented with work experience in the past and want to improve your current programme?

Work experience can provide many benefits for your organisation:

  • developing the supervisory and management skills of your current workforce
  • enhancing your public profile by supporting your local community
  • accessing a pool of hidden talent – people who offer enthusiasm and a fresh perspective to your business
  • promoting workforce diversity

However, do you know the difference between work experience, industrial placements or internships and are you informed about the new T-Level study programme, set to sit alongside apprenticeships and A-Levels, and due to be introduced in 2020? The T-Level programme is set to revolutionise the vocational and technical education sector, delivering a generation of home-grown talent!

Work experience is a valuable workforce planning tool which will support your recruitment practices. It will enable you to inspire your future workforce so they will be knocking on your door as soon as they are ready to start their career.

Hertfordshire LEP in partnership with the Beds & Herts Provider Network will be running a campaign over the coming months to provide clarity for both employers and key employer intermediaries with regard to the benefits of ‘T’ level industrial/work placements in relation to other work experience/sandwich placements and opportunities.

We are looking for employers to get involved, to gain your feedback on your past experiences or the challenges you face as a business in running work experience programmes.

Please get in touch, we would love to talk to you. Contact Caroline Cartwright on