Work Placement and Career Partnerships


Mahdlo is a registered charity and state-of-the-art Youth Zone in the heart of Oldham for 8-19 year olds (up to 25 for young people with a disability). Open 7 days a week, 52 weeks of the year, they offer an exciting range of activities and opportunities that all young people from across Oldham can access for just 50p as a member. OLC Healthcare students have benefit from placement work hours that count towards their Higher National studies and grades while gaining valuable experience in the work place.



At Depaul students from OLC Health care courses help people who are homeless, vulnerable and disadvantaged. At Depaul the OLC HNC and HNC placement students are able to empower young people experiencing homelessness. Depaul provide emergency accommodation, supported housing and other services to help people rebuild their lives. OLC fully support the mission to end homelessness and change the lives of people affected by it. We believe in a society in which everyone has a place to call home and a stake in their community.

Royal Bolton Hospital

Volunteers from OLC play a vital role in supporting the NHS staff to deliver the highest quality care and improving the experience of patients and visitors. They sacrifice their time to help provide a warm and friendly environment and directly help the NHS Foundation Trust staff by assisting with services of a non-clinical nature which enhance patient care.



Outreach have been successfully working with OLC students in placement providing a range of services supporting adults with a learning disability and/or long term mental health needs, to live an independent life. OLC’s aim is to work with Outreach to support person centred support to people living either in their own homes or within our residential services.

Home Start

To help give children the best possible start in life, Home-Start have given placements to OLC students that are able to support parents as they grow in confidence, strengthen their relationship with their children and widen their links with the local community. Home-Start offers support, friendship and practical help to parents with young children in the local community.


Helping Hands

OLC are committed to continue supporting Helping Hands, they said: “Given that our roots are local, with over 140 branches nationwide, and that we’ve been supporting individuals at home for over 30 years, there is a good chance that you may have already seen a Helping Hands professional carer out and about in your community.” OLC studying any of our Health and Care related courses either in London, Oldham, Bolton and Manchester Campus can apply to become a Helping Hands volunteer.

Cheshire & Greater Manchestor

The Community Probation Company supervise offenders aged 18 and over in the community who are sentenced by the court to either a Community Order or a Suspended Sentence Order . They also supervise people allocated to probation service who are in custody and those released from prison on licence. This is an opportunity for OLC learners to be first hand in support the rehabilitation of offenders and gain valuable work experience of the probationary system and



OLC students in work placement at The Alexandra look after people both under and over the age of 65 who have general residential, nursing or complex nursing care needs. Whether someone in need is looking for short term or long-term care, The Alexandra has the flexibility to accommodate for both and often look after people who come for a short-term period of respite or convalescence care. This is an opportunity for OLC Health care Professional student’s to gain experience in a nursing home.

Socail Care service group

Every child is different. Volunteers and Work Placmeent Students work with young people in every aspect of their life; developing their independence, teaching life skills and a feeling of self-worth and helping them through times of crisis when they might express their frustrations through violence and aggression.


Be the Change Youth Project

Be The Change is an award winning youth organisation based in Bolton. Our name reflects our commitment to developing young people who are a positive force in their community, and bringing people together who represent Bolton in all its diversity.

We started out delivering weekly football sessions, and our work has expanded to include a range of sports and arts programmes, knife crime prevention workshops and mentoring activity. We are based in Great Lever, working with young people aged between 11 and 25 who live in and around Bolton.

NHS Pennine Care

As a volunteer OLC students can have an incredible impact on NHS patients, carers and services as well as gaining skills and new opportunities themself.

From roles including meeting and greeting to capturing patient experience and supporting therapeutic activities, the benefits are appreciated by everyone.


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