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Paid Work Placements

We offer a limited number of paid work placements to participants that meet our strict recruitment criteria. Our employers understand that the participant wishes to improve their English whilst in paid employment and are treated the same as all other employees in the UK.

The work placement sectors are predominantly within the hotel and catering industry but we also have customer service and housekeeping roles based across South Devon.

Placements vary in duration from 2 to 8 months dependent on start date. Average stay is 4 months.

Usually participants live with a host family on a self-catering basis near to the workplace. A commitment to stay in TTPL accommodation for a minimum of 6 weeks, payable in advance, is compulsory. If trainees wish to stay longer, housing can paid to TTPL on a weekly basis by bank transfer. Alternatively, trainees can seek their own accommodation after 6 weeks.

Prior to starting work, all participants undertake a Welcome Meeting and employment preparation in order for us to provide assistance with the practical details of the employment such as:

Opening a bank account

Organisation of UK National Insurance no. 

Completion of UK Tax Office forms

We accompany participants to their work placement on their first day and monitor the participant during their stay to ensure that all parties are happy.

All paid participants have access to our Student Support Officers and 24 hour emergency phone number. We hold a weekly evening meeting for all participants to meet on a social basis where a member of staff will be available to discuss and advise on any concerns.

Employees will be paid at least the UK national minimum wage and we ask all employers to provide at least 30 hours work per week.

Due to the increasing demand for paid work placements, TTPL has a stricter approach when recruiting participants for these roles. We expect participants to be able to fulfil most of the criteria below before we assess the application:

  • Minimum English language level of B1
  • Minimum age 18 years old
  • Availability over busy holiday periods (Easter, Summer, UK public holidays)
  • Comprehensive CV detailing previous work experience
  • Be prepared to undertake a telephone/skype interview after submission of application 
  • Recent Photograph included in application

Contact a team member for more information:

Vicky Cresser

European Programmes Manager