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UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, JAMAICA (UTech) Student Guidelines. CO-OPERATIVE EDUCATION . PREPARING FOR THE CO-OP ED EXPERIENCE. STUDENTS’ RESPONSIBILITIES Students are expected to:

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preparing for the co op ed experience
PREPARING FOR THE CO-OP ED EXPERIENCE

STUDENTS’ RESPONSIBILITIES

Students are expected to:

1. attend a Co-op Ed Awareness Session at the beginning of each semester. Students are expected to participate in at least two of these sessions.

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STUDENTS’ RESPONSIBILITIES cont’d

2.should, in one semester, attend at least 4 of the 6 Employment Empowerment Sessions arranged in collaboration with the Career and Placement Unit.

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STUDENTS’ RESPONSIBILITIES cont’d

3. submit electronically their résumés. Hardcopies where requested may be handed in at the School’s main office by the specified deadline. The School’s

Co-ordinator will provide students with this information.

  • Remember, Co-op Ed employers may request the résumés of students. This will help them to determine which students they will take.
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STUDENTS’ RESPONSIBILITIES cont’d

4. arrange to secure valid permits as required by the industry/Government if they are going in sensitive and specialized areas for their Co-op Ed experience.

5. prepare mentally and physically for their impending Co-op Ed experience.

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PREPARING FOR THE CO-OP ED EXPERIENCE

AREAS FOR SPECIAL ATTENTION

1.Work attire

a. Choose clothing that conform to the

Co-op Ed employer’s dress code.

b. Do not wear worn out or outdated

clothing.

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PREPARING FOR THE CO-OP ED EXPERIENCE

DRESS FOR SUCCESS

Source: http://humanresources.about.com/od/dresscodesforwork/ig/Business-Casual-Dress-Code.-5BX/Business-Casual-Dress-Code.-5Bb.htm

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/story?id=8192773&page=1

http://www.forbes.com/2009/07/22/office-fashion-sexy-forbes-woman-style-clothes_slide_2.html?partner=email

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PREPARING FOR THE CO-OP ED EXPERIENCE

AREAS FOR SPECIAL ATTENTION

2. Grooming

a.Make-up should be workplace appropriate.

b. Facial hair should be neat and

professional.

c. Jewellery should be appropriate

d. No nail polish or jewellery is allowed

when assigned to food production areas and labs

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PREPARING FOR THE CO-OP ED EXPERIENCE

AREAS FOR SPECIAL ATTENTION

3. Starting Right

  • Prior to your first day on the job, show up for any scheduled meeting with the employer.
  • Go prepared to fill out forms and take along proper identification.
  • Complete personnel paperwork, attend an orientation session, tour the facility, and meet management.
  • Ask for a copy of the Employee Handbook.
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PREPARING FOR THE CO-OP ED EXPERIENCE

UTECH’S RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide students with general and current information concerning the purpose and operations of the Co-op Ed Scheme.
  • Arrange for students, through Co-op Ed Awareness sessions, proper briefings on their roles and responsibilities as Co-op Ed students.
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PREPARING FOR THE CO-OP ED EXPERIENCE

UTECH’S RESPONSIBILITIES cont’d

  • Further provide students with the following information (where applicable):
    • selection criteria
    • job description
    • placement duration
    • remuneration/benefit package
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UTECH’S RESPONSIBILITIES cont’d

  • Make available to students and the host organisations, suitable documentation concerning the relationship among UTech, the host organisation and Co-op Ed students.
  • Standard Employer’s Package includes:

Cover letter to employer, Employers’ Evaluation Form, Attendance Register for Student, Employer Guide, Employer Brochure and Indemnity Letter ( if ready at the time of student placement)

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PREPARING FOR THE CO-OP ED EXPERIENCE

UTECH’S RESPONSIBILITIES cont’d

  • Seek an appropriate work environment for students who are on placement.
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PREPARING FOR THE CO-OP ED EXPERIENCE

EMPLOYERS’ RESPONSIBILITIES

To identify a supervisor who will work

alongside Co-op Ed students. The responsibilities of this person will include:

  • providing mentorship
  • monitoring students’ performance
  • assigning and overseeing project(s)
  • assessing students
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PREPARING FOR THE CO-OP ED EXPERIENCE

EMPLOYERS’ RESPONSIBILITIES

  • providing information on the following (if applicable): housing, transportation, meals and or remuneration package preferablytwo 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.
making the best of the co op ed experience
MAKING THE BEST OF THECO-OP ED EXPERIENCE

STUDENTS’ RESPONSIBILITIES

During the period of placement, students

are expected to:

  • abide by all rules, regulation and policies of the participating company.
  • demonstrate some level of flexibility at the placement site.
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STUDENTS’ RESPONSIBILITIES cont’d

ASSESSMENT

It is the students’ prerogative to ensure that all relevant evaluation is signed off by their supervisor (s) and sent to their School’s

Co-ordinators within a week after placement has ended. Students should try as far as is possible to copy all evaluation forms in the eventuality that copies sent become lost.

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STUDENTS’ RESPONSIBILITIES cont’d

WORK ATTITUDE

  • Establish early, a good communication system with your supervisor, take notes, listen attentively, and ask questions if you do not understand something.
  • Find out from the onset the locations of the appropriate rest rooms, times and duration of breaks and lunch hours, location of parking areas and use of telephone for personal calls
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STUDENTS’ RESPONSIBILITIES cont’d

  • Be pleasant, co-operative and courteous at all times and to everyone you encounter. Make an effort to learn the names and positions of the people with whom you work.
  • Take the initiative, be enthusiastic, and pitch in whenever possible.
  • Accept corrections graciously.
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STUDENTS’ RESPONSIBILITIES cont’d

  • Take it one day at a time. Be sure to practise proper time management while on the job.
  • Maintain the highest ethical standards in dealing with customers and co-workers.
  • Under no circumstances should you disclose to any third party, confidential information about the company, its customers or suppliers.
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STUDENTS’ RESPONSIBILITIEScont’d

  • Students should be aware of proper time management while on the job.
  • You are expected to be on the job when scheduled. Be present at least 10 to 15 minutes before your assigned starting time.
  • Give an honest day’s work. Do not be a clock-watcher.
  • Ask permission before using any company property or equipment for personal use.
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MAKING THE BEST OF THECO-OP ED EXPERIENCE

STUDENTS’ RESPONSIBILITIES cont’d

  • Avoid office politics and gossip, but be aware of how information is communicated.
  • Find time - even after work hours - to be trained on equipment with which you are unfamiliar. You may then be given additional responsibilities, and certainly you will enhance your résumé if you can demonstrate familiarity with state-of-the-art equipment.
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EMPLOYER’S RESPONSIBILITIES

During placement, employers are expected/ required to:

  • liaise with the School’s Co-op Ed

Co-ordinator concerning students’ performance.

  • meet regularly with students to assess general deportment.
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EMPLOYER’S RESPONSIBILITIES

During placement, employers are expected/ required to:

  • compensate students in full or in part for unworked hours, should the work place not meet the agreed upon arrangement of 40 hours per week.
  • keep a log of student’s attendance at work
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MAKING THE BEST OF THECO-OP ED EXPERIENCE

EMPLOYER’S RESPONSIBILITIES cont’d

  • provide uniforms (where applicable) upon commencement of placement. If the employer is unable to do so in a timely manner, students should be given an allowance to purchase suitable attire, pending the delivery of uniforms
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EMPLOYER’S RESPONSIBILITIES cont’d

  • Evaluate the student using the University’s evaluation forms
  • Assign a manageable project (where applicable) to the student for assessment
  • Assist the students in ensuring that the evaluation forms reach their School’s

Co-op Ed Co-ordinator in a timely manner.

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EMPLOYER’S RESPONSIBILITIES cont’d

  • provide transportation for students if they are required to work late hours or are scheduled for work before the local bus operates.
  • report to the School’s Co-op Ed Co-ordinator, any use/abuse of alcohol or illegal drugs by a student during placement.
  • report immediately to the School’s Co-op Ed Co-ordinator, the hospitalization of any student directly from the job.
concluding remarks
CONCLUDING REMARKS
  • Students are expected to accept

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

  • An employer may terminate the activities of a Co-op Ed student if he/she performs below standard. In such a case there would have been prior consultation with the student and the Co-ordinator.
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CONCLUDING REMARKS

The Co-op Ed Unit welcomes and encourages all our students to fully utilize the opportunities presented through Co-op Ed to enrich their University education and further enhance their marketability and professional development

contacting the co op ed unit
CONTACTING THE CO-OP ED UNIT

In addition to obtaining your

Co-ordinator’s contact information, you may find the following quite useful.

The Co-op Ed Unit

Telephone: 927-1680-8 Ext 3546

Email: ced@utech.edu.jm

Facsimile: 970-3149