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UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, JAMAICA (UTech) Co-operative Education (Co-op Ed) Programme. “Partnering with industry to produce work-ready graduates”. CO-OP ED AT UTECH. The mission of UTech’s Co-op Ed Programme is two–fold :

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University of technology jamaica utech co operative education co op ed programme

UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, JAMAICA (UTech)Co-operative Education (Co-op Ed) Programme



Co op ed at utech
CO-OP ED AT UTECH graduates”

The mission of UTech’s Co-op Ed Programme is

two–fold:

  • Provide our students with practical and professional exposure that will allow them to develop work-related skills, realistic expectations, and high levels of professionalism and ethics among other things.

  • Provide industry with student employees who are equipped with the necessary skills and competencies that will enhance their business’ position in a globally competitive environment.


Scheme rotations under co op ed
SCHEME ROTATIONS UNDER graduates”CO-OP ED

  • Internship

  • Practicum

  • Industrial Attachment

  • Professional Work Experience

  • Work Experience

  • Externship

    Duration: 4 – 30 weeks


Benefits of a co op ed programme
BENEFITS OF A CO-OP ED PROGRAMME graduates”

FOR EMPLOYERS

  • Ready and cost-effective access to short-term employees for special projects

  • Ready access to highly motivated students with sought-after skills

  • Increased staff diversity

  • The opportunity to impact the quality and relevance of the School’s curricula

  • The opportunity to screen students for fulltime employment


Operational policies
OPERATIONAL POLICIES graduates”

ASSESSMENT & SUPERVISION

  • Students shall be supervised jointly by the employee-designate and the School’s Co-op Ed Co-ordinator.

  • The employee-designate will be required to assess student(s) periodically based on the agreed objectives and specific learning outcomes.


Operational policies1
OPERATIONAL POLICIES graduates”

BENEFIT PACKAGE

We request that:

  • an arrangement be made based on mutual

    agreement for a stipend to be paid to students

    OR

    b.special provisions be made for lunch, travel and accommodation where applicable or possible.


Operational policies2
OPERATIONAL POLICIES graduates”

DISCRIMINATION& SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Our Co-op Ed employers are responsible for providing a safe non-discriminatory environment for our students.

The University will terminate its relationship with any employer who is guilty of such practices.


Operational policies3
OPERATIONAL POLICIES graduates”

FAIR LABOUR

Consideration should be given to:

  • 40 hour work week

  • Overtime work

  • Lunch break

    Note: Any deviations must be mutually agreed

    upon before hand.


Operational policies4
OPERATIONAL POLICIES graduates”

JOB TRAINING

The University expects that Co-op Ed students will receive quality on-the-job training, i.e., they will be placed in an environment that will:

  • help them achieve the desired

    learning outcomes

  • enhance those competencies

    necessary to function as managers.


Operational policies5
OPERATIONAL POLICIES graduates”

STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE AND INDEMNITY

While on placement:

  • students are covered by the University’s Sagicor Indemnity Plan. Additionally, there is Student Health Insurance provided by Sagicor Life Jamaica Limited.

  • coverage remains in effect during the placement period.


Operational policies6
OPERATIONAL POLICIES graduates”

STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE AND INDEMNITYcont’d:

  • Students who require long-term hospitalization or will be placed oversees are encouraged to acquire additional private insurance.


Operational policies7
OPERATIONAL POLICIES graduates”

STUDENT PERFORMANCE

Co-op Ed students are expected to accept Co-op Ed positions with a seriousness of purpose and to perform their work accurately and responsibly.

If the Co-op Ed student’s performance does not meet reasonable standards, the employer is not obligated to continue the student’s Co-op Ed experience.


Operational policies8
OPERATIONAL POLICIES graduates”

STUDENT PERFORMANCE cont’d

In such a situation, the employer must inform the Co-op Ed student’s

Co-ordinator or the Co-op Ed Unit immediately.


Operational policies9
OPERATIONAL POLICIES graduates”

STUDENTS ON NATIONAL DUTY OR REPRESENTING THE COUNTRY OR THE UNIVERSITY

If during placement, students are called upon for national duty or to represent the University or country, such students should be permitted time off for participation. To this end, students should submit a written letter from the organizers of the event to their immediate work supervisor(s) and copy same to their School’s Co-op Ed Co-ordinator.


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OPERATIONAL POLICIES graduates”

STUDENT PLACEMENT AGREEMENT

The employer, along with the student and the School’s Co-op Ed Co-ordinator will sign a placement agreement form. This document outlines the purpose, terms and responsibilities of all parties concerned.


Operational policies withdrawal
OPERATIONAL POLICIES graduates”WITHDRAWAL

  • A student may withdraw from placement only with the written permission of the Head of School upon the recommendation of the School’s Co-op Ed Co-ordinator. Withdrawal may be considered only for reasons of ill health or grave circumstances that were not foreseeable at the time of placement. In this instance, the University will write to inform the employer of the withdrawal and possible replacement of the student.


Operational policies withdrawal1
OPERATIONAL POLICIES graduates”WITHDRAWAL

  • A student may be asked to withdraw from the Programme at the request of the institution to which he was assigned. In this case, the employer is expected to make telephone contact with the School’s Co-op Ed Co-ordinator in the first instance, followed by a formal letter outlining the nature of the request for withdrawal. Upon receipt of this letter, the Co-ordinator will respond to the employer within three working days, indicating the course of action.


Employers responsibilities
EMPLOYERS’ RESPONSIBILITIES graduates”

BEFORE PLACEMENT

A supervisor must be identified to

work alongside Co-op Ed students. The

responsibilities of this person will

include:

  • providing mentorship

  • monitoring students’ performance

  • assigning and overseeing project

  • assessing students


Employers responsibilities1
EMPLOYERS’ RESPONSIBILITIES graduates”

BEFORE PLACEMENT

Supervisor’s responsibilities cont’d

  • providing information on the following

    (if applicable): housing, transportation, meals and/or stipend at least two weeks before students depart for the work place.

  • meeting with students prior to or at the beginning of placement to discuss rules and regulations of the property and students’ work schedules.


Employers responsibilities2
EMPLOYERS’ RESPONSIBILITIES graduates”

DURING PLACEMENT

The supervisor is expected to:

  • liaise with the School’s Co-op Ed

    Co-ordinator concerning students’

    performance.

  • compensate students in full or in

    part for unworked hours, should

    the work place not meet the

    agreed number of hours per week.


Employers responsibilities3
EMPLOYERS’ RESPONSIBILITIES graduates”

DURING PLACEMENT

Supervisor’s responsibilities cont’d

  • meet with students regularly to assess

    general deportment.

  • keep a daily log of the student’s

    attendance and punctuality.

  • evaluate the student using the

    evaluation forms supplied.


Employers responsibilities4
EMPLOYERS’ RESPONSIBILITIES graduates”

DURING PLACEMENT

Supervisor’s responsibilities cont’d

  • provide transportation for students if

    they work late hours or are

    scheduled for work before the local

    bus operates.

  • serve as learning resource for the

    student, as well as, a role model

    instilling positive values and attitudes.


Employers responsibilities5
EMPLOYERS’ RESPONSIBILITIES graduates”

DURING PLACEMENT

Supervisor’s responsibilities cont’d

  • create an open environment for the

    student to apply classroom knowledge to

    practical situations

  • report to the School’s Co-op Ed

    Co-ordinator any inappropriate behaviour

    or activity by a student during placement.


School co ordinators
SCHOOL CO-ORDINATORS graduates”

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT

School of Business Administration

Mrs. Myrtle Weir

Telephone: (876) 927-1680 Ext. 2101Fax: (876) 702-3303Email: [email protected]

Dr. Marlene Phillips (Administrative Management students only)Telephone: 927-1680 Ext. 2527; Fax: (876) 702-3303Email: [email protected]


School co ordinators1
SCHOOL CO-ORDINATORS graduates”

School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

Mrs. Shiela Livingston - Lacey Telephone: (876) 970-5432 ; Fax: (876) 977-4818Email: [email protected];  

[email protected]

Mrs. Rosemarie Ivey

Telephone: (876) 970-5401; Fax: (876) 977-4818Email: [email protected]

Assisted by:

Mr. Ashford Kerr

Telephone: (876) 970-5433 ; Fax: (876) 977-4818Email: [email protected]


School co ordinators2
SCHOOL CO-ORDINATORS graduates”

FACULTY OF ENGINEERING & COMPUTING

School of Engineering

Mr. Oneil Josephs Telephone: 927-1680 Ext. 2214Email: [email protected]

School of Computing and Information Technology

Mrs. Caroline Parkes (until May 2012) Telephone: (876) 927-1680 Ext. 3226 Email: [email protected]

Assisted by:

Mrs. Heather WhiteTelephone: (876) 927-1680 Ext. 2165Email: [email protected]


School co ordinators3
SCHOOL CO-ORDINATORS graduates”

FACULTY OF EDUCATION & LIBERAL STUDIES

School of Technical and Vocational Education

Miss Gelefer Bartley

Telephone: 927-1680-8 Ext 2429

Email: [email protected]

Mr. Courtney Palmer

Telephone: 927-1680-8 EXT2214

Email: [email protected]

Department of Liberal Studies

Mrs. Michelle Stewart-McKoy

Telephone: (876) 927-1680-8 Ext 2817

Email: [email protected]


School co ordinators4
SCHOOL CO-ORDINATORS graduates”

FACULTY OF THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

School of Building and Land Management

Miss Stacey Palmer – Construction Engineering

Telephone: (876) 927-1680 Ext. 2337Email: [email protected]

Mr. Seymour Fisher – Quantity Surveying

Telephone: (876) 927-1680 Ext. 2330Email:  [email protected]

Mrs. Nadine Freeman-Prince – Urban and Regional Planning 

Telephone: (876) 927-1680 Ext. 2338/2350Email:[email protected]


School co ordinators5
SCHOOL CO-ORDINATORS graduates”

School of Building and Land Management cont’d

Miss. Tina Beele - Land Economy and Valuation Surveying

Telephone: (876) 927-1680 Ext. 2336/2254Email:  [email protected]

Mr. Glendon Newsome - Surveying and Geographic Information

Science

Telephone: (876) 927-1680 Ext. 2348Email:  [email protected]


School co ordinators6
SCHOOL CO-ORDINATORS graduates”

FACULTY OF SCIENCE AND SPORT

School of Natural and Applied Science

Dr. Kenesha Wilson

Telephone: (876) 927-1680-8 Ext. 2329

Email: [email protected]


Contacting the university s co op ed unit
CONTACTING THE UNIVERSITY’S graduates”CO-OP ED UNIT

The Co-op Ed Unit

Telephone: 927-1680-8 Ext 3546/6006

Email: [email protected]

Facsimile: 970-3149

Mrs. La-Cresha Gordon-Brydson – Co-op Ed Co-ordinator

Miss Sandra Junor – Administrative Support


Concluding remarks
CONCLUDING REMARKS graduates”

We are glad at that you have decided to partner with UTech in the training of the workforce.

We trust that this will continue to be a mutually rewarding experience.


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