How Employers Can Get Involved
We need employers to help advise us on how we teach our courses, to give professional talks, and to take students on placement as an assessed part of their course.
See below for more information. You can contact our Employer Engagement Officer Jeffrey Chartrand on 01202 205758 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Industry Advisory Panel
Each course requires companies to give advice on content and delivery, to ensure we are teaching students what they need to learn. We rely on industry experience and recommendations to produce confident graduates and future employees that businesses want to employ.
We regularly invite professionals from companies who have industrial knowledge relevant to students and their course, and are always delighted to hear from others who feel they have something to offer. Guest speakers add a valuable element to classroom tuition and give an insight into real business practice. This also gives students the chance to network with employers , ask questions and understand what is looked for in a job applicant.
If you are a company that believes you could offer a worthwhile work placement opportunity to a student for approximately 6 weeks, then please contact us.
Taking a student for placement? F.A.Qs
Finding a company to work for...
Students are assessed on their ability to find a suitable work placement, however, if a company approaches The College first this does provide us with a better opportunity to match your company with an appropriate student(s) and provide better guarantees to students that they will find a placement.
Which companies can take students?
From a one person operation to a multi-national organisation, we would like to hear from you. As long as your industry is relevant to our students' chosen fields and you have a valid liability insurance and health and safety policy, then you could help a student.
Are students expected to be paid on placement?
No.It is the experience which is of importance to them, however, some companies choose to re-imburse for travel and/or food etc and we do encourage this.
What should a student be doing whilst on placement?
We expect students to work / shadow at a supervisory / managerial level, ensuring that the experience they receive is of a level high enough to be assessed for their qualification. This does not mean they are managers for six weeks, but that they get a good insight into what an employee of that level would do: planning, meetings, projects, staff management etc.
Personal Professional Development
From the start of their course, students undergo preparation for approaching employers through careers lecturesand workshops. It is here they learn the importance of writing a good CV, interview techniques and how to source and approach employers.
Finalising a placement
In the lead up to the placement period, students will organise interviews with employers and, if successful, form a placement agreement that will outline details of the work-based learning they will undertake.
Health & Safety responsibilities
There are Health and Safety implications for an employer taking a student on placement. The College has its own policy, which lays out its position when a student is out on placement during term-time.