Why Consider a Placement?

Organisations can benefit from

  • Additional resources to supplement permanent staff enabling special projects and developmental work to be undertaken.
  • Interjections of enthusiasm and clear thinking.
  • Reinforcement of beneficial links with higher education.
  • The opportunity to try out potential future graduate recruits.
  • Access to a pool of "employees" keen to work for fixed periods.

During placements, individuals can offer organisations

  • Research and problem solving skills.
  • Business, strategic and marketing skills.
  • Computing skills.
  • Team working, communication and presentation skills.
  • General and specialist skills related to specific subject areas.
  • Enthusiasm and motivation to do a job well.

Your Role in Work Based Learning

In providing a WBL placement for a student we ask that you take on the following responsibilities

  • Provide a placement that offers challenging learning opportunities commensurate with degree level learning.
  • Interview the student. This provides the student with a realistic experience of a job application, and you with the opportunity to decide whether he/she is suitable for the placement.
  • Discuss a job description and negotiate the hours of work.
  • Treat the student as a normal "employee" in terms of health and safety, hours and conditions of work.
  • Provide supervision, guidance and support as necessary.
  • Ensure that the student is aware of what is required of them and has the appropriate facilities to carry out the agreed work.
  • Take part in the assessment process by carrying out an appraisal of the student at the end of the placement.

We encourage placement providers to be fully involved at every stage of the Work Based Learning programme and welcome feedback at any stage.