Process Before The Placement

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It’s important that both you and the young person are committed to the work placement in terms of it being a worthwhile experience and getting the most out of it.

Before the placement it’s a good idea to ask the young person to apply as if it was a job, which could be by completing an application, sending an email/ letter and CV or attending an informal interview either by phone or in person.

This provides experience of the real world of work and gives you a chance to meet the young person and establish their skills, interests, expectations and any concerns they might have.

Once you and the young person commit to going ahead, the process is as follows.

In addition you will need to meet health and safety requirements (see the health and safety menu for further information).

Agree timing and purpose of work placement with school and young person, identifying goals they want to achieve
Identify a workplace supervisor within your team
Prepare work placement schedule. You should try to make the experience as real as possible
Obtain contact details from the school for support during the placement

You can find out more about this from the Work Placement Standard.

Work Placement Standard
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