Bury College is committed to developing the employability skills of students to enable you to progress into successful career or further/higher academic studies.

Bury College actively promotes employability skills and integrates them in to study programmes by using a diverse range of activities, including work experience placements, volunteering, social action projects, talks by employers, industry study visits, careers and HE fairs.

Students on placement at a Farm

The essential qualities we seek to develop in students are:

  • Commitment
  • Teamwork
  • Confidence
  • Resilience

These qualities are embedded in our Positive Futures programme, where you will develop key study, employability and transferable skills to support your progression to a positive destination at the end of your study programme.


As you progress through your study programme you will benefit from excellent careers advice and guidance, based upon your own individual needs. This is to help you choose a career opportunity that is right for you. Your course will include information about the local labour market and how the subjects you study connects to work. You will have encounters with employers, workplaces and with further and higher education at the right time to ensure you get the right advice at an appropriate point in your study programme.

Student on placement at Bolton Radio

Individual support and guidance will include:

  • Advice on career routes
  • Support with compiling and developing CVs and covering letters
  • Completing job applications
  • Mock interviews
  • Support with UCAS applications and advice on funding
  • Information on job vacancies and apprenticeships


Bury College aims to provide you with the best start to your career and strongly believes in the value of completing work experience placements.

During your full-time study programme you will have the opportunity to take part in work experience and acquire skills for your career. This will allow you to develop transferable work-related skills and get an insight into the career of your choice. Gaining an understanding of the world of work prepares you for your next steps after college.

The college has a dedicated team of Work Experience Co-ordinators to help you secure placements and gain high quality work experience. Work experience will vary from course to course and you may undertake a placement as part of your core provision for at least one week during the academic year. Work experience can take place on study days, during college holidays or as part of your course timetable.

Student on Science placement

Additional benefits of completing work experience placements include the opportunity to:

  • Develop a range of transferable knowledge and skills
  • Improve the content of your CV and UCAS application
  • Explore different career options
  • Improve your confidence in a working environment
  • Appreciate the relevance of your course and how it can be applied in a work situation
Student on placement at Nine Lives


A number of our Level 3 vocational programmes offer the opportunity to undertake a 45 day industry placement with an employer in a role directly relevant to your course. These extended placements will give you the opportunity to put your learning into practice, develop technical skills and become more employable.

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