Work placements for young people at school


Information for pupils and parents

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

Pupils get relevant work experience in a safe and supervised environment.

Benefits for pupils

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

Pupils will:

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


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.

Missed schoolwork

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

How to organise a placement

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

The Hanlon database lists work placement opportunities. Pupils can access it using their Glow account. 

More information on Hanlon is available from PCS teachers. 

More information

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