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The Work Experience Quality Standard

Fair Train accredits organisations with the Work Experience Quality Standard for their work experience schemes.

It is well established that well planned work experience helps individuals to find and sustain a worthwhile career. Whether work experience is undertaken to discover if a chosen career suits their needs or to gain skills and knowledge to support job applications, time spent gaining good quality work experience will be time well spent. Good quality work experience also benefits employers. It enables them to recruit innovative young people and help train their future workforce.

Work experience no longer refers solely to the traditional two week placement undertaken in years 10-11. It is often an tailored programme which offers an individual the chance to gain the skills necessary to find full time employment. Work experience comes under many guises; including, but not limited to, Traineeships, Apprenticeships, Internships and volunteering. No matter what type of work experience is undertaken, we aim to ensure that it's high quality.

The Work Experience Quality Standard provides:

  • Accreditation at Bronze, Silver and Gold Level for employers and learning providers
  • Public recognition for employers, learning providers and employees offering good quality work experience
  • Opportunity to recruit new staff via work experience, reducing advertising costs
  • Free advice and guidance on developing your work experience programme, including access to an Engagement and Skills Coach


The Work Experience Quality Standard is funded by UKCES and the frameworks were developed with help from:

  • AeLP
  • AoC
  • Department for Education
  • Employers
  • Learning providers
  • Local Enterprise Partnerships
  • National Apprenticeship Service
  • National Careers Service
  • National Council for Work Experience
  • Ofsted
  • Third Sector National Learning Alliance
  • TUC





Become accredited with or renew the Work Experience Quality Standard today.