In order to prepare for your sandwich placement, it is important to plan ahead for changes to your income and outgoings.
Salaries vary according to role, industry sector, size of employer and location, but generally fall between £15,000 (per annum) and in some industries as much as £18,000+ (per annum).
As a placement year is part of your academic course, you will continue to be supported by the University and you will need to pay a tuition fee for the placement year. However, the fee is much lower and will not exceed 20% of the standard annual University tuition fee.
UK and EU students will be able to apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company to cover the cost of sandwich placement tuition fees. UK students may also be eligible to apply for a maintenance loan whilst on placement. Please contact Student Money for advice and further detail on the amount of support available to you.
Note: - It is also important that you contact your student finance provider as will require support for an additional year (if applicable).
Another reason why it is important to enroll for your sandwich year as part of your degree is because in most cases you will be exempt from paying Council Tax. Please contact the Advice Zone for an exemption form.
For some this may be a straight forward task, but for others who may have to relocate, this may take some careful planning. In all cases it is best to start early to ensure you find the best possible accommodation during your busy sandwich year.
Looking for a placement near your home is often a good choice financially, but may narrow down your placement options.
Another option if you are open to moving away from home, is to stay with a friend or relative. This will widen your placement search and make more opportunities open to you.
For those that are open to relocating to an accommodation close to their employer premises, but don't have any family or friends there, it will be necessary to find your own rented accommodation. Try websites such as www.spareroom.co.uk which will help you to find a suitable place to stay. Another option would be to speak to your placement employer. Your host organisation may have a long history of recruiting for sandwich placements and may be able to help you to find something or put you in touch with other students or staff you could share with.
The first step would be to tell the USW work placement team about your placement by submitting a placement details form. Your placement partner can then check your placement with your course team and provide you with the necessary information to help you prepare for your sandwich placement. Your placement partner will then conduct the health and safety checks with your employer in advance of your placement commencing.