Work Placements

Borders College


Many Borders College students are required to undertake a work placement as part of their studies. For employers, work placements can be a simple and easy solution to manage busy periods – increasing productivity at no cost.

Organisations can also use students to work on special projects, or free up staff to work on these projects, enabling them to go beyond ‘business as usual’.

The College’s creative and motivated students can really add value to a business, particularly in the current challenging times. Participating in the placement programme can also raise an organisations profile amongst the local community. The time and duration of each placement varies from course to course but can often be negotiated to meet the needs of the business.

At present the college offer placements in the areas of:

  • Business & Administration
  • Horticulture/ Landscaping
  • Care & Childcare
  • Horse Care/ Animal Care
  • Carpentry & Joinery
  • Gamekeeping
  • Painting & Decorating
  • Hairdressing/ Beauty Therapy
  • Brickwork
  • Catering and Hospitality
  • Plumbing
  • Sport
  • Motor Vehicle/ Rural Mechanics
  • Retail
  • Agriculture

School of Textiles & Design

Some of Heriot Watt degree courses, based at the Scottish Borders Campus, offer work placements as a formal part of the course:

  • BSc(Hons) Fashion Technology - 1 year placement
  • BA(Hons) Business Management with Industrial Experience - 6 month placement
  • MA/ Dip Fashion & Textiles Design - 2-4 week placement
  • MA/ Dip Fashion & Textiles (Innovation & New Applications) - 2-4 week placement
  • MSc Fashion & Textiles Management - 2-4 week placement

Contact Heather Marshall, Careers Adviser - Tel: 01896 892219 or Karen Beattie, Work Placement Co-ordinator - Tel: 01896 892157.