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Waterford & Wexford ETB

Work Placement

Work placement is an integral part of all QQI Courses at Kennedy College and forms an invaluable part of each course of study.

Work placement is designed to develop the skills and knowledge which prepares learners for full and successful participation in their chosen area. Work placement also enables learners to make a seamless transition from academic study to the world of work on successful completion of their chosen course.

Learners are expected to arrange their own work placement. Course leaders, the work experience tutor and the PLC co-ordinator, will assist and advise a learner should they experience any difficulties obtaining a work placement.

Work placement is timetabled one day each. Timetabling work placement in this way facilitates learners in fulfilling all course requirements.

Some courses contain minimum work placement hours requirements, set out by a third party regulatory body. It is essential that learners engaged in these courses begin their work placement in October in order to fulfil the regulatory body work-placement requirements.

The standard minimum number of hours required for Level 5 Work Experience is 60 hours.

However, some programmes have an increased ‘regulatory body’ minimum hour requirement, these include:

Course Name

Course Code


Early Childhood Care and Education


120 hours

Healthcare Support 19/20


150 hours

Healthcare Services Skills 20/21


150 hours

Nursing Studies


150 hours

Course Name

Course Code


Community Health Services


60 hours

Sport, Recreation and Exercise


60 hours

Office Administration (including Tourism and I.T. Skills modules)


60 hours

Garda Vetting

Learners seeking placement in facilities and organisations where they may be working with children or vulnerable adults are required to be garda vetted. Learners need to ensure vetting is applied for a few weeks prior to the start date of their work placement. WWETB Garda Vetting Form available here


Learners are covered by Waterford and Wexford ETB’s insurance during a work placement, subject to certain conditions and exceptions as outlined in the insurance policy.

European Era/Leargas

PLC learners also have the opportunity to apply for an Erasmus funded work placement in Malaga, Spain. Learners from all courses can apply; however, the number of places is limited.

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