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20 February 2015
BBC NI Schools
Go get it
Get that job
Get work in NI
Pupil health & safety
Campus/ Industrial visit
There are three stages in organising a successful work placement programme.
Set dates and send initial letter to parents highlighting the importance of work placement. Ensure parents sign letter giving consent for pupil to participate in programme.
Introduce the work placement scheme through a careers or PSHE programme module and encourage pupils to seek work placements.
Provide pupils with a draft letter and reply slip to send to employers and set a deadline (usually allow six to eight weeks) for the return of reply slips from pupils.
Using your own contacts, provisionally secure additional work placements for pupils who may have difficulties.
Collect employer reply slips showing details of each pupil’s placement.
Ensure, from employer replies, that appropriate placements have been secured and re-organise accordingly.
Send a letter to employers, enclosing pupil data sheet and insurance documentation and request that the employer plans a programme for the pupil.
Complete a schedule complete with pupils’ names, dates of birth and placement details. Date and forward these to ELB, CCMS and/or private insurance company.
Send a letter to parent/guardian to confirm work placement details.
Pupils should be issued with appropriate documentation needed for the work placement, i.e. Work Placement Log, Health and Safety Information and Guidance notes from School.
Create a schedule for staff visiting the pupil.
Create a pro-forma report for staff to complete during their visit.
Ensure that the pupil completes their student logbook and undertakes appropriate activities.
The employer should ensure the health and safety of the pupil and report any difficulties to the school.
The employer should complete the Employer’s Progress Report on how the pupil has progressed.
Co-ordinate all responses from employer, visiting teacher and pupil and organise reports for each pupil’s Record of Achievement.
Arrange a feedback session for all pupils and ensure that send thank-you letters to employers.
Evaluate the programme and consider recommendations for the following year.
Produce a report for the Board of Governors.
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