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The processes and pitfalls of arranging work experience for College students. Hannah Randall – Employability & Enrichment Manager, Sandwell College Susan Alder – Employability Manager, Telford College of Arts & Technology. An introduction to our Colleges. Telford College of Arts & Technology

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the processes and pitfalls of arranging work experience for college students

The processes and pitfalls of arranging work experience for College students

Hannah Randall – Employability & Enrichment Manager, Sandwell College

Susan Alder – Employability Manager, Telford College of Arts & Technology

an introduction to our colleges
An introduction to our Colleges
  • Telford College of Arts & Technology
  • Central Campus Sandwell College
benefits of work experience
Benefits of work experience
  • For employers
    • Staff skill development and motivation
    • Fresh ideas/knowledge transfer
    • Community engagement
    • Recruitment stream
    • Try before you buy – Apprenticeships
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Benefits of work experience
  • For students
    • Motivation for study
    • Raises aspirations
    • Builds personal and social skills
    • Develop employability skills
    • Helps progression
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Benefits of work experience
  • For curriculum teams
    • Improved retention rates
    • Higher success rates
    • Motivation and engagement increased
    • Study programmes
    • Ofsted
a meaningful experience
A meaningful experience?
  • High quality placements – employer needs, student targets/ILP and capabilities, complements curriculum, aspirations, Matching
  • Employability programmes (Career Academies)
  • Student enterprise
  • Voluntary and community work
  • ‘Simulated’ work experience (in college, in other curriculum areas)
  • Mentoring
administration
Administration
  • The timeline for work experience
  • Setting up a procedure
  • Logging activity during placement
  • Distance travelled/evaluation
  • Risk assessments – employers & students
  • DBS checks
insurance health safety
Insurance & Health & Safety
  • “No employers, however high the risk or length of placement, are charged any extra to their ELI or Public Liability Insurance since 1986 when the Assoc of British Insurers brokered a convention amongst their members” Anthony Johns M.Ed., DPSE Ofsted Trained Inspector of Schools
  • Students are treated as employees for the period of their placement; it will be the employer’s ELI that covers the learner, not the College’s insurance
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Insurance & Health & Safety
  • “the placement provider (employer) has primary responsibility for the health and safety of the student and should be managing any significant risks” HSE.gov.uk
  • Keep a sense of proportion
  • Satisfy yourself that the employer has risk management policies in place
    • Induction, accident reporting/first aid, fire evacuation, training, supervision, signage
  • Additional risk assessment based on individual learner needs
sourcing work experience
Sourcing work experience
  • Curriculum contacts?
  • Students/family
  • BDU/Employer Responsive Team
  • Local Education Business Partnership
  • Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Chamber of Commerce/networking
  • Industry bodies
  • STEM Ambassadors
  • Universities
  • College contracted suppliers (mandatory?)
  • Capital development contactors
successful approaches
Successful approaches
  • Payment?
  • Swapping resources
  • Accommodating a national programme (Whitbread plc), Career Academies
  • Flexibility – meet employer requirements/needs
  • Matching students to placements
  • Preparing students for placements
  • Try before you buy – Apprenticeships
  • ‘Live’ enterprise projects for employers
barriers to success
Barriers to success
  • Timetables – enrichment slots
  • Curriculum staff
    • Communication
    • matching
  • Learner engagement and preparation
  • Resources
  • Inflexibility/timing
good news stories
Good news stories
  • Two students completed Work experience over the summer at the Thomson Travel agents in Wellington and have now been offered full time positions
  • Two students had work experience with Muller in Market Drayton, these students are being put forward for the Apprenticeship programme, the Muller Apprenticeship will enable the students to complete a level 3 Engineering and then move onto a degree.
  • The Phoenix engineering project – Project run with the Phoenix school, Telford College and Muller. The learners completed the industrial cadet award (first in Shropshire). This project has led to 3 out of the 6 that attended to apply for the Muller Engineering Apprenticeship
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Good news stories
  • A level 3 Engineering Student undertook a week long placement at Berck Engineering and was offered an apprenticeship
  • Engagement with Birmingham City University has led to multiple opportunities for automotive, engineering and motorsport learners to attend seminars, workshops, campus visits and practical projects
  • A further level 3 Engineering student undertook a placement at Premier Inn West Bromwich and was offered part time work
contacts
Contacts
  • Susan.alder@tcat.ac.uk
    • 01952 642308
  • Hannah.randall@sandwell.ac.uk
    • 0121 667 5120