Science and Technology Guide to Sandwich Placements

what happens now?

Preparing for the placement Health and safety

During the placement The placement student will primarily be an employee of your organisation and will be expected to adhere to your company terms and conditions and code of conduct. The Employability Team and a placement contact tutor will provide support to both you and the student during the placement. The student’s progress will be monitored throughout the placement year. We endeavour to visit all our UK host companies during the placement. The placement contact tutor will ask to meet with the student and his or her supervisor. We will ask you to provide feedback on this occasion, as well as directly to the student during and at the end of the placement. During the placement students will need time off to attend a University call back day and in some cases students may have to resit exams.

Before our students can embark on their placement we need to ensure that they will be working in a safe environment. For this reason all placements must be approved by NTU on an annual basis and we will check that you have the required Health and safety provision in place. Health and safety arrangements require no additional provisions to those already being made for regular employees in compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Student supervision Please allocate a line manager or supervisor who the student can turn to for help and support. Just as you would with any new member of staff, students should be provided with a workplace induction and introduced to the appropriate personnel at the start of the placement.

what makes a successful placement?

Through our experience, we have identified that many factors go into a successful placement. Below are some key points that contribute to success for all

How a p l acement oppor tun i t y bene f i t s our s tudent s . . .

"I worked as a front end developer at MMT Digital, a web design and build agency. My main role was to help create and design websites for large companies and participate in a variety of client focused activities such as daily team meetings. Over the year I learnt a lot about web development and technology as a whole; providing me with a year of experience to add to my CV. In addition, I greatly improved my knowledge of agile software development which will provide useful for my final year. After completing my placement year I was offered a full time job with the company which is a great way to secure a job after graduation. "

• setting clear goals and objectives;

• ensuring they receive regular feedback;

• working in an area of specific interest or building on specific skills;

• reviewing and ensuring students have the right level of responsibility.

Daisy Ward BSc (Hons) Digital Media Technology

giving students the experience they need

Successful sandwich placements provide students with the opportunity to develop skills and gain valuable experience which employers are looking for. These can include:

What do placement employers say?

“The placement candidates are of such high calibre that it makes the selection process more of a challenge each year. The placement itself gives the students the opportunities to achieve industry standard IT skills and teaches them to adhere corporate guidelines whist being part of a dynamic European team. The experience is invaluable to both student and company, providing great experience to the candidates CV as well as giving the company the chance to discover fresh and upcoming talent.”

• identifying, analysing and solving problems;

• applying technical knowledge, tools and methods;

• gaining an understanding of business and commercial operations;

• communicating to a range of audiences in the workplace;

Lee Skellington European Webmaster, Fisher Scientific UK

• using initiative individually and as part of a team;

• managing time and prioritising workload.

“As an NTU computing alumni myself, I personally benefited from the NTU placement programme as a student and I am keen to offer similar benefits to current students. We have now been running our undergraduate placement programme for 4 years very successfully and the students have been a great asset to the organisation – from building projects that evolved into products to joining full time on graduation.”

Toby Rogers Software Development Manager, FACE Recording and Measurement Systems

support from NTU during the placement year

During the placement, you and the student will have the support of the Employability Team and University tutors. We monitor the student’s progress at three key points during the placement. The student will receive a call from the University shortly after they start to ensure they have settled in. An academic tutor will endeavour to visit you, at a convenient point during the placement (UK placements only). The main purpose of the visit is to establish that the placement is progressing satisfactorily. The tutor will usually spend time with the student and supervisor, looking at their work and their wider working environment. This usually last two hours. Progress will also be monitored at appropriate intervals during the placement through telephone contacts and web / video conferencing where available. There will be a call back day at the University for students during their placement. These contacts provide an opportunity for all parties to raise any issues or concerns which they might have. In the unlikely event that a serious problem arises, or if for any reason an earlier or additional visit is needed, this can be arranged via the University’s Employability team or placement contact tutor.

Assessment Placement students work towards an additional qualification: a Diploma in Professional Practice. To achieve this award, they are required to undertake a minimum of 36 weeks on placement in total. Students are also required to complete a reflective diary and a project report whilst undertaking the placement. Upon return to their final year of studies, students deliver an oral presentation about their skills development and experiences gained whilst undertaking the placement.

the small print

Intellectual property Work performed by students on placement may give rise to intellectual property. Ownership of any intellectual property rights created will be determined by the employment contract, and would normally be expected to reside with the employer unless a specific agreement exists. Equality and diversity Nottingham Trent University is committed to challenging all forms of discrimination and creating a fair, open and inclusive learning and working environment. The University aims to promote equality of opportunity for all regardless of age, disability, childcare responsibilities, gender identity (transgender), marital status (including civil partnerships), sex, sexual orientation, social class, religion or beliefs. This commitment applies to all individuals and all aspects of the University’s life, including students on placement. We expect our placement providers to have in place policies and guidelines to support equality and diversity and prevent discrimination against our students. Complaints by students about discrimination, harassment or bullying will be treated fairly and investigated in a timely manner. Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) You should consider whether the nature of the placement that you are offering will require you to perform a DBS check.

working with you....

We hope that employing a Nottingham Trent University placement student will be an enjoyable and rewarding experience, and one that you will want to repeat. The Employability Team would be happy to discuss your ongoing requirements at any time and work together to place further students in a similar role or different department.

Do you know anybody else who would benefit from taking a student on placement? Please share your positive placement experiences with your partners and stakeholders within your professional network who may also benefit from having a placement student in their business. Considering graduate recruitment? The Employability Team works with employers to offer advice and services which help promote graduate opportunities. • We annually advertise more than 20,000 vacancies, free of charge, on FutureHub, the NTU online vacancies system.

• You could attend one of our graduate recruitment fairs.

• We can also offer a tailored recruitment service for you to seek and employ the right NTU graduates for your company. You can deliver presentations to final year students in order to increase engagement.

To discuss how we can help and assist with your future recruitment needs, please contact us:


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