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Selecting projects and activities for Business and Administration placements

This skill area will have 1 T Level: Management and administration

Within this, the specialisms that students can pursue will be:

  • Learning and Development
  • Business Improvement
  • Team Leadership / Management
  • Business Support
  • Information Management

Identifying placement projects in the Business and Administration skill area

Look for projects and activities for placement students that:

  • line up with your future skills needs, particularly with an eye on emerging technologies
  • will attract and challenge high-calibre students who are ambitious to pursue a higher-level career in these skill areas
  • will capitalise on the course content that the student is learning in school or college
  • provide opportunities for students to make a meaningful contribution to live projects
  • allow others in your team to develop their own skills in management and mentoring

Below, we’ve described 3 example scenarios of projects and activities that could be suitable for placement students. We encourage you to think about placement opportunities that can offer relevant experience to students and can add value to your organisation.

You can use the Planning the content of an industry placement article to structure industry placement projects and activities, to provide meaningful experience for the student, and to deliver tangible benefits for your organisation.

Industry placement example scenarios

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Business improvement project

A small organisation wanted to find savings across the business but struggled to make the time to do so around their busy work schedules.

They used an industry placement student to work with colleagues to identify tasks and processes that were slowing the company down, before researching and presenting cost-saving alternatives.

Projects and activities:

  • Work with data controllers to identify and acquire suitable data for analysis in accordance with regulatory requirements
  • Identify and acquire data to support business improvement within their placement organisation
  • Monitor business performance through benchmarking, analysing and interpreting the results
  • Monitor and report on business improvement activities
  • Analyse data to identify improvement opportunities

Trainee team leadership scheme

A large organisation struggles to recruit team leaders with the technical skills they need to manage budgets, deadlines and staff.

They set up an industry placement scheme to demonstrate the team leader role to young people and give young people the aspiration to come into the company and work their way up to a more senior role in the future.

Projects and activities:

  • Contribute to successful meetings through developing agendas, meeting notes and action points
  • Support positive relationships with staff, through the preparation and testing of core briefs and internal newsletters
  • Organise and deliver a team building activity to encourage team bonding
  • Contribute to improving the monthly reporting and review of organisation performance information

Creating an online training programme

A large organisation wanted to develop and deliver an online training programme to staff that work from home.

They worked with an industry placement student to support them to develop the programme and deliver the training through a series of monthly online webinars.

Projects and activities:

  • Assist in the identification of individual, team or business learning needs through analysing data and information
  • Research learning and development solutions to meet specific requirements
  • Researching and booking appropriate venues
  • Inviting participants and keeping attendance records
  • Preparing and issuing joining instructions, pre-reading etc.
  • Preparing materials and resources
  • Assist L&D professionals to deliver learning and development activities

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