Barking & Dagenham College is participating in a new pilot scheme focusing on supporting students to develop technical and employability skills.
Sponsored by the Department for Education, industry placements give students a valuable opportunity to put their learning into practice in the workplace and finish their course with the skills, knowledge and expertise that employers are looking for.
We believe that involvement in an industry placement will make a significant difference to a student’s future employment prospects. We aim to give students every opportunity to make sure that when they finish their course they are best placed to succeed, whether that is through higher level technical training, an apprenticeship, higher education or moving directly into employment.
How do industry placements work?
Level 3 students will be supported to spend a minimum of 45 working days with an external employer in a role directly relevant to their course.
This means Level 3 students should expect, and be available, for their timetable to be over five full days a week during term time, or to be on placement during term breaks.
Each industry placement will be aligned to a student’s vocational qualification, meaning students will be learning the relevant technical skills for their industry.
Those eligible for bursary support for expenses such as travel, will continue to receive this when on placement. Additional bursary support for suitable clothing, equipment and other items may be available subject to criteria.
Some employers may pay a wage or cover expenses. Completing the placement will be compulsory, and non-attendance will be dealt with through the usual college procedures.
In 2018-19 industry placements will be available to students on Level 3 Business, Construction Design Management and Health & Social Care Courses.
What are the benefits for students?
Build and develop technical skills, increasing competence and ability to progress into skilled employment. You'll further develop “soft skills” such as communicating, teamwork and problem solving, as well as gaining deeper knowledge of the running of a business and general commercial principles.
It's a great opportunity for personal growth; develop self-reliance, step out of your comfort zone, build confidence, learn about yourself and identify your strengths and preferences for future career options. You could even potentially secure a job or apprenticeship with the employer afterwards and on completion of the course.
You will also build a valuable working relationship with an employer, resulting in a more meaningful reference to use for future apprenticeship and job applications, as well as to grow your network in the industry (including making contacts in other organisations), helping you to identify future job roles.
If you would like to find out more about industry placements and how to get involved, please contact our Job Coaches Sheila, Sandra and Natalie on: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 0203 667 7210 / 0427