16 to 19 study programmes: work experience

Departmental advice for all post-16 education and training providers on post-16 work experience.



This departmental advice is for:

  • school leaders
  • school staff

It applies to:

  • maintained schools
  • local authorities
  • sixth-form colleges
  • further education colleges

It applies to the 2013 to 2014 academic year and will be reviewed in 2014 following an evaluation of the first year of 16 to 19 study programmes and a separate evaluation of traineeships for 16- to 23-year-olds.

This advice helps schools, colleges and other training providers deliver work experience as a part of 16 to 19 study programmes and traineeships for 16- to 23-year-olds. It brings together existing guidance on the provision of post-16 work experience from the Education Funding Agency (EFA), Ofsted and the Health and Safety Executive. Evidence from the evaluation of the Work Experience Pilot published on 4 October 2013 has also been referenced.

Funding reforms which allow schools and colleges to tailor provision to students’ study and employment goals were introduced from September 2013.