Industry placement stories: Planning and provider links video transcript


In this video you'll see how employers plan industry placements with colleges and training providers to give the T Level students will and valuable experience of the work environment.

Helen Clements – Morgan Sindall

What we do is we work really closely with the colleges to plan our industry placements to make sure they're meeting the requirements of what the student needs, what the areas that they need, some improvement on, what opportunities do we need to expose them to so that they can do that learning that matches the curriculum but also supports the industry at the same time. What they're learning here on site links directly to their curriculum so we try and relate it to what we know is going on in the curriculum so that they get that crossover learning and so it's a richer experience

Phil Eves – BAM Construct UK

The idea is that Ahana wants to be a project manager, so she needs to have a sort of equal share of rotation around those people on site. We're an industry that relies on the UTC to try and bring in the next generation of talent, but we have to have that relationship because we can actually have a say on what happens in the curriculum. We can actually support them.

Dan Bridgewater – Baily Garner

The most important aspects of planning placement are working with the UTC right from the outset and understanding exactly what the student needs to cover as part of their placement.

Harminda Bhambra – BAM Construct UK

What we do at the end of days we usually do a little diary so that she can refer back to her, I think she has a set, sort of certain list of objectives that she needs to achieve so she could take them off from that.

Andy Bristow – Thomas Telford UTC

So we hold employer engagement meetings 6 times a year, and we speak through our intentions and their intentions, and then they've really been the driving force as well with us. To be honest, the employers did the work really. We kind of just said that we are delivering this and we want you on board.

Jason French – Senior Project Planner

To do this, we've sat down and gone through the syllabus.

And thought about what's involved in my particular role and how we're going to talk them through the key elements of what my role is, how we go about our role on a day-to-day basis.

Alistair Easterfield – Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology

We work very closely with lots of organisations across the campus, develop our curriculum to make sure that we're delivering the qualifications that the employers on campus want so that students are well prepared for the jobs that they have on offer.

Nneka Smith – Cambridge University Hospitals

Placements are a great opportunity to link what students are learning in the classroom. So, for example, they'll learn things about patient safety, for example. They'll learn about statistics, they'll hear about the reports and everything, but it's only when they’re here on placement that they can see how some of these events might happen.

Jenny Sinclair – Cambridge University Hospitals

So what we do with our T Level industry placements would be working with our Fe colleagues to identify the goals that they have for their course, what they would need to achieve. And at the same time be working with the T Level placement candidates themselves to find out what they want to get out of the placement. So we are both making sure we're ticking all the boxes for their course, but ensuring that they are able to tailor their learning to the experiences that they would like to get.

Andy Dennahy – CTECH Business Solutions

We're running a business for running an IT business and we have lots of things that students could do. It should fit in with their college course, but we don't actually ask them what are you doing at college and then try and invent tasks for them to do. They come in and they do real work.

Hannah Rumson – CTECH Business Solutions

It's a whole different dynamic and you know they might find that the things they learn in college isn't necessarily everything they need for the for the real world, so learning you know different skills that they won't necessarily learn in the classroom. I think that's quite important.

Natasha – Digital Production, Design and Development T Level Student

At college, we've been like creating posters, like for example, our event management unit and we you do that on Canva and so here at work placement we've been using Canva to do the posts on social media.

Tom - Digital Production, Design and Development T Level Student

We've been doing website design quite a lot in my in my college course, so that relates here as I've been working on the CTECH website and other clients website.

Max - Digital Production, Design and Development T Level Student

So obviously I do programming as part of my course at Fareham and I can bring that straight into my work placement with doing web development with the M10 sports project.


Click on the links to see how to make the practical arrangements for industry placements and how to give students meaningful work and projects whilst they are with you.

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