Charities and community organisations are being encouraged to come forward with ideas for projects that could involve Derby College students later this year.
Pupils from courses will all be given two weeks before and after the Christmas break to complete a placement.
Staff want them to use the time to get good workplace experience and boost their CVs.
Head of the Ilkeston campus Helen Lillie said: “Work experience is a key part of all courses at the college in line with our core objective of ensuring that students are work ready.
“This period either side of the Christmas holidays is therefore the ideal time for students to be working off-site and getting involved with projects that will hopefully benefit the local community and will also help them to build up their CVs and improve their job prospects.”
All students enrolled on courses at the college are being asked to take part.
Courses at the campus include plastering, construction, engineering, painting and decorating as well as hair and beauty, and hospitality services.
Helen added: “We have young people with a number of skills that could be of value to organisations.
“We would therefore be interested in hearing about a whole host of community projects.”
Call Helen Lillie on 0300 1237890 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.