Last Updated: Monday, June 20, 2022

Work Placements Standard – Benchmarking exercise

What is this?

​​This self-evaluation tool has been developed to help you baseline your current approach to work placements and to consider actions to achieve the ambitions of the Work Placements Standard.

Who is this for?

​This resource has been developed to contribute to professional learning for practitioners at all levels working with children and young people within early learning and childcare, primary, secondary, special schools, colleges, private training providers, third sector providers, social work, community learning and development and other specialist learning providers including secure and residential settings.

How to use this the Learning and assessment resource to improve practice?

As a result of engaging with this learning resource you will:

  • Gain a better understanding of the scope and quality of learners experiences of the world of work;
  • Have a better understanding of the part you are expected to play, along with partners, in the implementation of the Work Placements Standard (WPS);
  • Develop, through self-evaluation, your understanding of the WPS expectations in relation to your current practice;
  • Identify areas of the WPS expectations for your professional learning.

The resource aims to generate discussion around a number of reflective questions including:

  • How do you work with employers to help develop appropriate project-based learning for young people?
  • How do your plans address Equalities issues?
  • How do you effectively align the young person’s studies, career aspirations, abilities and capabilities with any work placement?
  • How do you maximise the learning potential from placements to gain maximum benefits for the whole school community including CLPL opportunities?


PDF file: Work placements standard - English version (650 KB)

PDF file: Work placements standard - Gaelic version (1.4 MB)

PDF file:  Benchmarking exercise (500 KB)

Word file: Benchmarking actions (56 KB)