Work placements for young people

Work placements help young people to make informed decisions about their future careers. 

Work placements:

  • bring relevance to academic work
  • enable young people to learn from different people with different perspectives
  • raise young people's aspirations
  • highlight the options available on leaving school

For more information on work placements view Education Scotland's Work Placement Standard.

Young Person's Guarantee

The Young Person's Guarantee is a commitment to connect every 16 to 24 year old in Scotland to an opportunity. Work placements are one way that can prepare young people for the world of work. Angus Council are working with employers and partners to support the Young Person’s Guarantee.

For more information visit the Young Person's Guarantee Hub.



Would you like to raise your business profile while supporting a young person to gain new skills and knowledge?

We are looking for employers to offer work placements to our senior pupils.

The benefits to your business include:

  • developing the skills of your staff 
  • engaging with your local community
  • raising your profile
  • promoting opportunities in your industry or profession
  • enjoying the energy and perspective of young people
  • identifying potential future employees

Interested? Just use our online form to find out more:

Work placement enquiry form

Work placements can take place on a fixed or flexible basis to best suit the pupil and the employer.

The employer won't:

  • have to pay the young person during the placement
  • have to guarantee a job at the end of the placement
  • pay anything towards the placement - the council and school will undertake all the related administration

The employer will:

  • have to support any pupil required to gather evidence in the workplace as part of a qualification
  • plan for the pupil coming into placement
  • take time with them for any related learning and reflection
  • have the necessary health and safety procedures, such as risk assessments in place
  • have the appropriate employer liability insurance in place

HSE has useful information and myth busters about work placements.

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