Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility

Take Action

How to find a placement that works for you

Now, where to start?

For apprenticeships, the best place to access applications is through your local college, or the website; this way you know they are reliable and scheme-accredited. Placements have a slightly more informal application process. Many businesses offer work placements on an ad hoc basis, or you may opt to do a placement year through your university course, if you are a student. Here, we’ll explore where to find these invaluable opportunities and why they can be your secret weapon for career success:

Connect with your local university or college

Most UK universities have dedicated careers services that can connect you with placement opportunities.

They maintain partnerships with local businesses and organisations, making it easier to find relevant placements in your field of study.

Online job portals

Websites like LinkedIn, Indeed, and Prospects are treasure troves of work placements.

You can filter your search by location, industry, and duration to find the perfect match for your career goals.

Company websites

Many organisations advertise their internship opportunities on their websites.

Regularly check the careers pages of companies you’re interested in, and don’t hesitate to reach out even if they don’t have a listed vacancy; proactive networking can open doors.

Apprenticeships at Salford City College

Salford City College are an award-winning, leading training provider in Greater Manchester, operating across the North West.

Explore more about their opportunities here: Apprenticeships at Salford City College – Apprenticeships at Salford City College (

Crafting the perfect application

Your application is your first impression on potential employers, and it can make or break your chances of progressing to the next stage. Here are some tips to help you create the perfect work placement application:
Tailor Your Application

Customise your application for each position you apply to. Highlight relevant skills, experiences, and qualities that align with the specific requirements of the placement.

Clear and Concise Cover Letter

Your cover letter should be well-structured and concise. Start with a compelling opening paragraph, explaining why you’re interested in the placement and what you can bring to the table. Use specific examples to showcase your skills and enthusiasm. 

Polished CV

Ensure your CV is up-to-date and well-organised. You may want to include your academic achievements, work experience, relevant coursework, and any extracurricular activities or volunteering that demonstrate your skills. 


Showcase Transferable Skills

It’s a great idea to emphasise soft skills such as communication, teamwork, problem-solving, and adaptability. Employers value these qualities just as much as technical skills.

Research the Company

Familiarise yourself with the organisation’s values, mission, and culture.  Mention how your values align with theirs in your application.


Use a professional email address and make sure your social media profiles are clean and presentable, as employers may check them. 


Avoid typos and grammatical errors. Ask a friend or mentor to review your application for feedback.

Follow Instructions

Pay close attention to the application instructions. Submit all required documents and meet deadlines.

Follow Up

After submitting your application, consider sending a polite follow-up email to express your continued interest.

Practice Interview Skills

Prepare for potential interviews by practicing common interview questions and researching the company’s interview process. 

Interview tips

If you’ve never been formally interviewed before, preparing for your first placement or job interview can be a very daunting process. The most important thing to remember is that you’re there because you deserve to be; don’t let nerves cloud your capabilities!

It’s always good to have some questions prepared beforehand, as most interviewers will end by asking if you have any for them. Questions such as “what does the day-to-day look like in this role?” and “what kind of progression is available from this role?” always impress.

Asking the Right Questions

The Raising Aspirations team at Salford Foundation have shared some of their tips for businesses on asking the right questions during an interview. The questions we ask at interview help define the people we are looking to hire. It can make or break a culture and a role. Here are some tips to consider when considering your interview process and questions.
Questions which Shape Culture

It’s important that when we are selecting the questions we are wanting to use during an interview, it’s key to make sure we include questions which help us understand a person. Questions to include may be shaped around your values or mission statement.

Open-Ended Questions

It’s important to consider asking open-ended questions to help you understand a person’s abilities, skills and aptitude for the role and workplace. It not only allows for a more comprehensive response but can give you an insight into a person’s thinking.

Interview in Practice

When you are considering whether a person is suitable for a role, why not consider the different ways in which you can allow them to demonstrate those skills. Consider including a scenario-based demonstration or a relevant activity during the interview.

Rating System

If you have multiple applicants, consider constructing a rating system to help make an informed decision. Using some of the essential and desirables from a job description can be a good starting point, followed by additional factors and circumstances.

Clear Communication

It’s important for you and the person being interviewed that you are clear and concise when it comes to asking questions. Make sure you understand exactly what information you are looking to obtain and create questions which are specific to ensure a clear response.