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Work Placements

Types of Work Placements

Loughs Agency provides work experience and placements to help young people make decisions about their academic and career choices. While we try to facilitate as many requests as possible, it is not always possible to help everyone. It often depends on the demand for places in certain disciplines and specialties.

The following is an outline of the different routes through which work experience within the Agency can be facilitated. The list shows programmes which are currently available, although these may change from time to time.  Click here to download full Work Experience/Placements Policy.

(a)     Work experience placements for young people who are in years 11/12 or 13/14 of full-time education, or are students in further and higher education

The normal duration for work experience placements for students under 18 years of age is one week. A reduced placement will be considered if required.

Students wishing to apply for work experience should arrange this through the schools careers section.  The school will be required to register with our work experience broker, School Employer Connections.

(b)     Unpaid Internships arranged through colleges or university

An internship is a period of work experience arranged by a university in which the intern will be placed in a Government Department. The period of the placement is likely to mirror a university semester (i.e. 10-12 weeks). The placement will be in a department which carries out a function directly related to the course being undertaken by the student.

Individuals who wish to apply must submit an application form and CV to the Agency for review and to assist with the decision on whether the request can be facilitated. An application form can be downloaded below.

(c)     Department of Employment and Learning

(i)     Programme-Led Apprenticeships

This is a two-year programme led by the Department of Employment and Learning (DEL) and involves work placements of one day a week. The placements are arranged by training suppliers approved by DEL. The training supplier is required to have adequate insurance which will indemnify their apprentices within the Public Sector.

(ii)     Steps to Work

‘Steps to Work’ is the main adult return-to-work programme for the unemployed and economically inactive in Northern Ireland. It replaces the New Deal programmes. ‘Steps to Work’ provides a broader range of back-to-work assistance than was available under New Deal and is tailored to individuals’ needs by identifying and tackling their barriers to work.

(iii)   JobBridge – National Internship Scheme (ROI)

JobBridge is a new National Internship Scheme that will provide work experience placements for interns for a 6- or 9-month period.

The aim of the National Internship Scheme is to help break the cycle where jobseekers are unable to get a job without experience. These can be new entrants to the labour market after education or training, or unemployed workers wishing to learn new skills. The scheme will also give people a real opportunity to gain valuable experience to bridge the gap between study and the beginning of their working lives.

Those who wish to apply can do so through the relevant programme provider. The provider will contact the Agency to find out whether the request can be facilitated on the individual’s behalf.

(d)     Sandwich year or sandwich period placement (i.e. 13/26 weeks)

The Agency may from time to time (subject to available funding) provide one-year sandwich placements for students undertaking relevant degree courses. These placements will be publicly-advertised and the successful students become paid employees for the duration of their placement.

Applicants have to forward a completed application form and CV to the Agency for review. An application form can be downloaded below.


Click here to download Application Form.

Please email for further information.


Current Opportunities

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