A work placement is a period of temporary work, where students have the opportunity to gain experience working within a company. The aim of a placement is to bridge the gap between academic study and vocational graduate experience. Giving students the opportunity to apply the theory and skills gained during their degree to a period of practical and professional work. There is a variety of types of placement. These include:
Under health and safety law, work placement students are your employees. They should be treated no differently to regular employees. Appropriate employers’ liability and public liability insurance should be in place and comply with the UK health and safety legislation.
What you need to do:
A positive and successful work placement should:
While it is not a legal requirement, remuneration is highly recommended for placements that last longer than two weeks (70hrs) and is increasingly seen as best practice. An industry appropriate paid work placement is more likely to ensure that you are able to attract more students to your opportunities. It will also ensure that your programme is inclusive by removing financial barriers for those who are less able to cover costs associated with working, such as travel, food and suitable clothing.
Other forms of benefits that can attract a student may include:
It is vital that the work placement student is inducted in to your organisation the same way as a regular employee. To get the maximum benefit form the placement it is crucial that you explain the way the business operates in order for the student to contribute form the beginning. The following kinds of information can be provided within the first few days: