Your industry placement responsibilities

This shows you at a glance what responsibilities you have at different stages of the placement.

Planning and preparation

  • Tell the college or school what kind of student you would be keen to place and the skills you’re looking for
  • Draft a role guide for the student and give it to the college or school
  • You may choose to hold a CV screening and/or interview process – if so, discuss it with the college or school
  • Decide who’s going to supervise the student, and check that they’re willing and able to do it
  • Review and agree legal and policy requirements with the college or school, for example health and safety, Employer Liability Insurance
  • Identify any equipment and other things that the student will need, including IT access
  • Discuss with your college or school how you might need to support students with special educational needs or disabilities

Final preparations

  • Agree and sign the industry placement agreement with the college or school, and the student, including the student’s working hours, development objectives and learning goals, and other arrangements
  • Work with the college or school, and the line manager to develop a suitable work plan and tasks for the student
  • With the college or school, agree joining instructions and expectations to be shared with the student before the placement starts
  • Work with the school or college to prepare induction

During placements

  • Take part in the student’s induction
  • Support the student to develop practical skills to do the job well – this could include training on specific processes, systems or software
  • Use planned and unplanned opportunities for students to practise their skills and step out of their comfort zone
  • Let them experience a variety of tasks, avoiding too much repetition
  • Give regular feedback so the student knows when they are and aren’t meeting expectations, what they’re doing well and how they can improve
  • Contribute to progress reviews
  • Tell the college or school about any successes or concerns so they can give the student extra support

Review and evaluation

  • Review the benefits of the placement to you and the business
  • Decide if you can offer more placements in future
  • Consider offering the student further temporary work and/or employment– note that they should finish their course of study before becoming employed
  • Contribute to the end-of-placement review, giving feedback on the student’s commitment, achievements and behaviours, and summarising the practical skills the student has gained
  • Write an appraisal for the student for their future use


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