As 570 second-year students start their six week Professional Placements at Leeds Trinity, Professional Placements Manager Alison Taft writes about the importance of gaining real-life experience in the world of work.
It's a big week in the calendar of the placement team here at Leeds Trinity – Monday 15 April was the day that our second year students started their six week professional work placements.
Work placements are embedded in every one of our degree programmes and we believe they are the reason why our students are so successful when it comes to graduate employment – not only do they receive a first class education – their learning has been backed up with 'real-world' experience.
This year's placements range from teaching conversational English in China to working with prisoners in HMP Armley.
Our students get the opportunity to develop crucial work skills and gain an awareness of the sector they want to graduate into, before they start their careers.
Helping all our students find a suitable work placement is a mammoth undertaking, but it's a challenge that we relish. Our team of placement advisors work with local businesses, charities, schools and other organisations to set up placement opportunities and we also advise and support students who may want to find their own placement nearer to their permanent home address.
Now that we've sent just over 570 second year students out into the world of work, we are concentrating on finding placements for our first-year students, who start their placements at the end of May. We've spent a lot of this week finalising preparations for our Placement Launch Programme – two weeks of activities designed to help students feel ready to go out to full-time work, often for the first time.
One of the events our students really appreciate is the Employer Challenge Day – where employers and placement providers set work-based challenges and our students compete to come up with creative solutions.
If you'd be interested in setting a project for our students to complete, or think you might be able to offer a placement opportunity, please contact me - I'd love to hear from you.
Find out more about Professional Placements at Leeds Trinity University.