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.



We work with employers to support senior pupils with work placements.

All our placements follow the Career Education Standard and the Work Placement Standard

The recording and administration of workplace opportunities is done in Hanlon. Your school will have a Hanlon administrator supported by the skills for work co-ordinator and Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) team lead. 

Guidance is available from the DYW lead and DYW school co-ordinator in your school. 

Work placements are recorded on SEEMIS as authorised absence – work placement.  

Potential employers must have Employers Liability Insurance before a placement can go ahead. Employers must be able to provide a copy of their insurance.

Lone worker placements can only take place when the lone worker:

  • is an immediate family member
  • is close family friend
  • or has been PVG checked for safeguarding purposes. 

In these circumstances Public Liability insurance is acceptable.  

Requests for pre-placement checks must be received within four weeks of the start of the placement or six weeks for a placement in another local authority area.

Should you have any questions please refer to your DYW school co-ordinator.

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