East Sussex College recognises that real and meaningful work experience enhances our student's future employment opportunities and is our biggest chance to make sure young people leave education better prepared to be successful and productive in the workplace.
From September 2020 our students will be required to undertake a three month (315 hour) Industry Placement as a mandatory element of the new advanced technical (T Level) qualification. To help ESC prepare for this, we are looking for employers across all sectors to work with us to offer our students Industry Placements.
Industry placements give young people who are studying a technical qualification, practical experience which is directly related to their course, helping prepare them for the world of work. The longer placement duration ensures students are given sufficient time to master the essentials and that employers have the opportunity to mould and foster the student’s technical abilities so they are more likely to add value and make a lasting impact on the business.
Employers like you are playing a key role in creating opportunities for young people in our local community who are at the start of their careers and enabling them to develop their technical skills and build confidence.
This Toolkit provides you with information about the different components which make up the programme and how you can get involved and offer an industry placement to a local student.
Please fill in your contact details and a member of our Industry Placement team will call you to discuss how you can provide one of our students with an Industry Placement.
There are a number of associated direct and indirect benefits for employers by integrating Industry Placements into their corporate strategy.
Immediate benefits :
Long term benefits:
In order to best support the student on the industry placement and help them develop their skills, confidence and knowledge in the world of work, you should (as a minimum):
Put together a clearly worded description of the organisation, the role being offered and what you are looking for in a student.
Be honest and realistic about what industry placements you can offer, and what you are not, to manage expectations and avoid disappointment.
If practical, give the student a project as part of their work to encourage them to take ownership, use their initiative and bring in their own ideas.
Inform and discuss with the College what input you would like to have in the selection process of your student. This might include an interview, group assessment etc to enable the student to best demonstrate their talent and interest.
Prior to their first day of work, provide the student with joining information, including how to get to the place of work, working hours, lunch arrangements and other workplace expectations such as dress code, acceptable language and mobile phone usage. This should be included in the Industry Placement Agreement.
Provide the student with a full induction in situ, including a tour of the workplace; introductions to relevant staff; any necessary training; health & safety arrangements; fire precautions and emergency evacuation arrangements; and how to report accidents, incidents and unsafe conditions. The College will provide you with template forms for this if you require them.
Agree and sign a three-party Industry Placement Agreement with the student and education provider.
Comply with health & safety legislation and maintain adequate and up-to date Employer’s Liability Insurance to cover the student and any potential loss or liability caused by or to the student in relation to the placement.
Ensure any confidential information provided to you by the student or the College about the student is not disclosed to any third parties.
Similarly, ensure that the student is clear about keeping your commercial information confidential and allowing acceptable use of any of your IP for academic, non-commercial purposes.
Nominate a suitably qualified person to be the day-to-day line manager for the student and provide relevant introductions and contact details to the student.
The line manager should:
Hold an initial meeting with the student 1-2 weeks prior to their start date to discuss and agree on their learning objectives.
Hold regular weekly check-ins to track and review the student’s progress.
Remind the student to complete their logbook.
Identify and deal with any issues (e.g. relating to colleagues, work content, workload etc) at an early stage.
Provide regular, constructive feedback to the student and encourage the student to think and problem-solve for themselves where possible.
Meet (via phone or in person) with the College regularly to review progress and escalate any concerns you have with the student’s performance on the placement.
Attend a midpoint review meeting in person between you, the student, and the College to discuss the student’s progress, review their learning objectives and make any changes to improve the second half of the placement.
Complete written feedback forms for the College at designated points during the placement.
Conduct or make arrangements for day-to-day supervision of the student.
In cases of serious accident or incidents involving the student or breaches of discipline by the student:
Advise and consult with the College; and Cooperate with the College in the event of a complaint or concern from the student about their placement and/or the employer.
Allow the student to submit all required reports and documents to the College from the placement for the purposes of examination. Communicate any serious issues relating to the student’s performance to the student and/or College as necessary.
Attend a final review session in person between you, the student and the College at the end of the placement to review the student’s progress.
After the industry placement
Provide a reference upon the student’s completion of their industry placement that reflects on student’s progress towards the learning objectives set at the start of the placement. The College will provide you with a template for this
You and the College should discuss feedback on the student as well as the quality of the placement itself and future.
If you wish to employ a student after their industry placement they will not be able to start with you until they have completed their studies. We suggest that you initiate a conversation with the student as early as possible to work out together how to maximise the student’s development, when they will be able to start employment and contact the College for any guidance