Are you an employer who can take a student on an Industry Placement?
Employers like YOU play a key role in creating opportunities for young people in our local community who are at the start of their careers by enabling them to develop their skills and build confidence.
Industry Placements offer an exciting opportunity to give young people an insight into working in your industry.
Here at Redcar & Cleveland College, we recognise that real and meaningful work experience enhances our student's future employment opportunities to make sure young people are prepared to be successful in the real world.
Industry placements give young people a valuable opportunity to put the practical experience and knowledge which is directly related to their course, into practice, helping prepare them for the world of work.
What would I gain from taking a student on an Industry Placement?
Develop existing staff’s mentoring and management skills
Giving opportunities to young people from a wide range of backgrounds, leading to a more diverse workforce
Extra resources for projects and day to day work, bringing in new and imaginative ideas from students developing their skills
Ongoing support from your named Work Experience Officer to help with recruiting the right student for your company, set and plan learning objectives and regular visits to check student progress
There is no cost to your company. Financial support is available for Personal Protective Equipment, Disclosure Barring Service checks, bespoke training courses and travel
Being able to handpick the best of level 3 learners
Supporting growth and the economy in the local community
Have access to people with imaginative new ideas, innovation and different skills from those already in your workforce
Raise the profile of your business by supporting local young people into industry placements, improving their employability and progression opportunities
Address current and future skills shortages in your industry - grow your own workforce with the skills you need for the future.
What would I have to commit to?
Provide an industry placement of 315 hours / 45 days for a student who is on a level 3 course which is directly relevant to your industry. The timing and structure of the placement will be based on your needs. The different models available include ‘block placements, day release or a combination of both – we work to a ‘best fit’ model
Agree achievable learning objectives for the placement with the student and their Work Experience Officer. The learning objectives should be occupationally specific to your industry
Ensure there is a safe work environment and opportunities for the student to develop their technical skills and knowledge within your industry
Provide support, supervise and mentor the student, who will have regular contact with their Work Experience Officer to discuss their progress
During the placement you will be required to complete appraisals on the student's performance and progress against learning objectives, you will also be asked to provide a reference on their commitment and progress made whilst on the placement.
FEEDBACK FROM EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE TAKEN INDUSTRY PLACEMENT STUDENTS
"Carl's work has helped us deliver research to a visiting group - The Friends' of Linthorpe Cemetery - in respect of individual soldiers buried in Linthorpe Cemetery. He interrogated various archives, compiled and presented the results of his searches in a format that we can relay to the visiting group. He has been diligent in conducting his research pursuing clues to a positive outcome when others would, perhaps, have given up. He fitted in well with the other members of the team and was a friendly and engaging colleague."
"Grace was a pleasure to have in the nursery and would be welcome back at any time. She demonstrated excellent communication skills at all times and always presented herself in a professional manner. Over the period she was here she made excellent relationships with staff, children and parents. She had excellent initiative and would always be busy doing something with no hesitations asking for support or guidance."
"As a family run business, we are very protective of who we bring into the fold and to come into such a tight knit community must be fairly daunting even for the most schooled of professionals. When you augment that with the fact; that whilst I was happy to offer the right candidate an opportunity to join us in our ergonomically growing venture, the MD was very sceptical. I am therefore ecstatic to report that the inclusion of Sebastian into the company has had a very positive effect on all of us I have received nothing but commendations from his peers and superiors and therefore believe it is an honour to write a letter of recommendation for him, my relationship with him has been one of mutual professional respect, friendship and a formed deep level of trust. Working alongside our in-house professional team he proved reliable, hardworking, trustworthy, an overt eye for detail, very good listener and communicator, with a very good ability to ingest information and retention span. He has not only shown very good attention in learning but is very dexterous in the execution of works and appears equally at home working on his own or as part of the team. He has shown the ability to multi-task, while maintaining complex schedules and managing administrative support, is resourceful, a good problem solver and organised. He has gained experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals showing a wide degree of creativity and latitude. Familiarised digested and understood a variety of the field's concepts, practices and procedures. He showed maturity way beyond his tender years and can in my opinion if he carries on with the same aptitude, attitude and undoubted ability can look forward to a very successful career. The highest accolade I can offer to Sebastian is that not only would I offer him an apprentice would the once sceptical MD would. The MD has also agreed to take on another placement. He really has left a very positive impression that has challenged beliefs and affected behaviours I have no reservations whatsoever in recommending him for gainful employment."
"Sidney has been a welcome addition to our Y1 team. She has worked really hard throughout her time with us and has even volunteered to spend more time here. Sidney has a very calm confident approach when working alongside the children in small groups. Thank you for all your support and hard work throughout this placement. It has been a pleasure to work alongside you!"
FEEDBACK FROM STUDENTS WHO HAVE COMPLETED INDUSTRY PLACEMENTS
"I enjoyed absolutely everything. The staff were so friendly and welcoming, the children were a pleasure to engage with and the overall setting was just a great environment."
" I enjoyed the fact that I tried a range of engineering subjects to get an insight into which I like the most."
"I enjoyed the experience, as it gave me a good insight into what working there would be like."
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