Opportunities at JLC
Progression and Work Experience
John Leggott College is a route to lots of exciting destinations and opportunities. After college you might want to go to university, get an apprenticeship, find a job, or take a year out. We can help you every step of the way, whatever you decide to do.
We have a dedicated team of Application Mentors here at college to support you with applications onto your next step. We get hundreds of students every year into top universities and competitive courses, including Oxford and Cambridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine, as well as others across the country and overseas. We also help students to progress onto great apprenticeships with prestigious companies, or employment in areas to suit them.
We have great links with a wide range of employers across our region, including engineering companies, the NHS, solicitors, accountants, IT firms, media companies and many more. This allows us to collaborate with these companies to make sure we prepare our students for the world of work, developing the skills you will need to be successful in the future, and it also gives us access to work experience opportunities and apprenticeships for our students to give them an advantage in the labour market.
Employability skills are vital for young people; there is more competition than ever for jobs and university places, and so standing out from the crowd and having the basic skills required to succeed in work is a must for everyone. We make sure that our students have the opportunity to develop these skills, both as part of their studies as well as through workshops, talks, mock interviews, 1 to 1 advice, professional placements and additional learning opportunities.
Work experience is becoming more important for young people, whatever career you wish to pursue. That is why we have links with over 200 employers, across a wide range of sectors, so that we can help you to arrange work experience that is right for you. In the first 18 months of our programme we helped over 550 students gain valuable work experience, with 73% rating their experience as Outstanding.
“My work placement allowed me to experience a day in the life of a journalist and I really enjoyed it. I was given the opportunity to research, interview and ultimately write an article that was published on the Scunthorpe Telegraph website. I feel that my teamwork skills have improved a lot as I was a part of the team meeting deadlines”
Ben Brumpton – 1st year student, Scunthorpe Telegraph
“I have had two work placements this year, one at a Primary School and the other at Disney Ward. I really wanted to gain experience working with children and both of these placements really helped me decide that I would like to now pursue a career in medicine. I was so surprised that the hospital allowed me to spend time with premature babies, it was great shadowing the doctors and nurses. My school placement really helped me improve my communication skills, especially with children of different abilities.”
Laura Berga – 1st year International student, Disney Ward and Oasis Academy Henderson
“Bottesford Juniors was a really great placement! I feel that I have become more organised, better at problem solving and improved my communication skills as a result of taking part in things such as lesson planning, differentiation when supporting children, display and marking work. I wish to become a teacher and this placement has helped me gain valuable experience and help me decide that teaching is definitely what I want to do”
Loren Chatwin – 2nd year student, Bottesford Juniors
“Work experience is a valuable part of any student’s educational journey. It offers an insight into the world of work, an opportunity to add significant experience to a C.V. allows students to grow in confidence, maturity and learn new skills that are not necessarily taught in a formal educational setting. I would encourage every student to take up the opportunity of a work placement, who knows where it will lead.”
Joy Buckley - Visual Arts 20-21
“Work Experience is invaluable and definitely improves your chances of employment. I started off as a Work Experience student here at BG Solicitors and since, have been able to work my way up the ladder here. Punctuality and enthusiasm are two of the main things we like Work Experience Students to have alongside a genuine interest in Law.”
Michaela Coupland - BG Solicitors
“We like to support as many Work Experience students as we can here at Lincolnshire House, we feel it is very important students get a realistic taste of what the working world is all about. Working in this kind of profession it is important students develop appropriate skills, to be able to understand the complex disabilities our residents face daily, how to support them and to help increase their overall tolerance”
Eddie Galpin - Lincolnshire House
Here at John Leggott College we have recently launched our new apprenticeship programme, which is an exciting development for us and for you. Working alongside local, national and international companies, we can offer you on the job experience alongside training and qualifications to kick-start your career.
What sets us aside from other colleges is the flexibility that we offer. Rather than coming into college on set days every week, we can come to you and deliver training at your workplace, where your employers can get involved and help you to see how what you are learning fits in with the job and the company. This brings your learning to life, and helps you progress through your apprenticeship with real purpose.
We offer apprenticeships in Business Administration, Customer Service, Health and Social Care, and Children and Young People’s Workforce, but we’re always looking to broaden our horizons so keep in touch with us to find out about any new developments!
To find out more about our apprenticeship programme, and the opportunities available, email SayHello@leggott.ac.uk.
Health and Social Care Centre of Excellence
One of our latest developments at JLC is our Centre of Excellence for Health and Social Care. This is a purpose built facility which provides a specialist learning environment for young people and adults, to prepare the next generation workforce within this sector. The Centre contains a skills lab, which caters for basic and advanced level techniques that students will use day to day within the workplace, as well as specialist teaching facilities. This will allow students to put theory into practice and ensure that they can use the techniques they have learnt, as well as understanding the concept behind it. The Centre will be used by students on the Health Care Cadets programme, Access to Health Professions students, and those working towards a relevant apprenticeship.
If you’re planning on a highly competitive career, thinking about attending Oxford or Cambridge after John Leggott College, or have a particular talent in a sport or performing arts specialism then the A*spire programme is designed with you in mind.
This is a tailored programme in addition to your courses which aims to give you an advantage when you apply for one of these options, or to support you with any ongoing competitive activity. You can access work placements, enrichment opportunities, and specialised advice and guidance which might include visits to Russell Group universities, support with your applications, and interview practice with admissions staff, coaching /performance advice, and alternative arrangements for your learning if you need to take time out of college to compete. All to make sure you have the best opportunity to pursue the career that you want.
We will usually identify A*spire students either through school or via your application/interview, but for more information please email SayHello@leggott.ac.uk.
Additional Learning Opportunities
Here at John Leggott College we encourage students to take part in activities beyond their curriculum study. These can be career focused, based around interests, or just something to enjoy. Our learning opportunities are provided by a combination of external organisations, staff within college, and JLC students. Opportunities include First Aid, Sign Language, and Duke of Edinburgh, which all result in a certificate or qualification upon completion. Career related options include the Medical Society, Dental Society, Vet Society, and Virtual Medicine among others. In addition to these, there are a range of sports team such as football, rugby, netball, hockey, basketball and equestrian, which compete at various level from National and County to ‘just for fun’. We also have a range of opportunities based around performing arts, including music, and other student societies which can change on a yearly basis to suit demand. You can set up your own society at any time; speak to our staff to find out how!