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.


Information for pupils and parents

There are many benefits of undertaking a work placement.

Pupils will:

  • gain insight into what work life will be like
  • gain new skills and knowledge
  • develop existing skills.

While on placement, the pupil will gain relevant work experience.

This will take place in safe and supervised environment.

Work placements can happen at any time of the academic year.

This can be for a fixed week or flexible for one or two days a week, depending upon the employer and the pupil’s timetable.

Pupils will have to catch up on any schoolwork missed during their placement.

Pupils should talk to their pupil care and support (PCS) teachers for advice and the timing of placement.

Pupils can access the Hanlon work placement database using their Glow account.

More information on Hanlon is available from PCS teachers. 

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