Work Placement Process
Once you have secured your work placement the following process will happen
- A member of the work placement team will make contact with your employer to ensure all the relevant paperwork is in place ready for you to start
- Once this has been confirmed by the employer. You will receive an email notification confirming your placement.
Before your placement
- Make sure you have a clear understanding of when, where and duration of your placement.
- It’s important you know exactly where you need to be on your first day and at what time.
- If you’re running late, please phone the employer to let them know.
- If you haven’t already, research the company, that you are attending your placement at. This is a great way to impress your work placement provider by showing that you have an existing knowledge of the business, its products and the market it operates in.
- Do you need to take anything to your placement such as uniform or equipment?
- If you do, make sure you have it ready and don’t forget it, it could be the difference between being able to start and attend your placement.
Logging your hours
- You must log your hour’s every time you attend your placement.
- It’s important that you stay on track with logging your hours.
During your Placement:
- Be professional.
- Make sure you demonstrate your skills, knowledge and experience on placement.
- Make sure you dress and look smart for the job role.
- Don’t be afraid to contribute your ideas and get involved with as many tasks as you can.
- It’s important to look interested, show enthusiasm and be committed to making the most of your placement.
- Treat your work placement as though it’s an interview.
- Make sure your aware of any special considerations you need to make whilst on placement, in certain settings it may be important to consider confidentiality, health and safety and security.
- A positive work placement could lead to you gaining a great reference from the employer.
- Make sure you demonstrate the right attitudes whilst you’re on placement.
- Be mindful or what an employer would class as inappropriate behaviours this could include using your phone, smoking or discussing personal problems.
- Work-placement could have the potential to result in a job (full or part time) or even an offer of an apprenticeship.
After your Placement:
First of all, congratulations! We hope that you had a valuable experience!
- Make sure you complete the Student Evaluation Page in your Work Placement Guide
- You also need to make sure your employer has completed the Employer Evaluation which is also in your Work Placement Guide
- Thank your employer as they have invested time into you and your placement
- If you think your placement has gone well and you have enjoyed working with the company, enquire about the possibility of further work placements, volunteering opportunities, apprenticeships or if they know any other departments/companies you could complete placement/s with.
- Update your CV and personal statement with your current placement details as employers and universities value work experience.
- Reflect on your experience, consider what skills and knowledge you have developed and how they can be developed further, do you need another work-placement? Careers guidance? or any additional qualifications?
- Make sure you talk to your tutor about your work placement and update ProPortal.
Other things to think about:
Financial Support, you may be entitled to support with covering the costs of your Work-Placement. See Student Services for more information.
Health and Safety, your health, safety and wellbeing is whilst on Work-Placement is important. Review your Health & Safety tab on GroFar, if any information ask the employer to fill it in when you start your Work Placement.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), if your Work-Placement involves working around young-people or vulnerable adults you may need a DBS Certificate. See Student Services to get help applying for one.