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Industry Placements are a new and innovative way to enable students to develop their skills and knowledge in order to get a head start in their chosen career, whilst supporting organisations within the local community.
Working together, we will match students with employers for a minimum of 315 hours or 45 days, over the course of the academic year. Students will use the skills they have learnt in College and continue to build their confidence, and develop their knowledge.
Learners would meet with their Placement Co-ordinator to discuss their preferred organisation; the Placement Co-ordinator would contact the employer to discuss the possibility of a placement opportunity and create a placement that suits both the provider and the learner. Following this conversation, the learner would contact the placement provider to ask any questions and discuss a start date.
Lancaster & Morecambe College would ensure that students are ready for placement, by completing work related learning before they start and make them aware of the demands and expectations of the workplace. Therefore after an induction period, students could become a productive team member.
No, Industrial Placements are about providing technical and sector specific skills and spending time with an employer in their chosen career. By working alongside an employer, students can work on projects to gain the experience they need.
There is no legal requirement or expectation to pay students, however, if you wish to pay a student or contribute towards the cost of travel or subsistence costs, you can after discussions with the Placement Co-ordinator at Lancaster & Morecambe College.
In order for the student to gain experience, they will be expected to work between 6 – 7 hours per day, at your discretion.
Working together, we would design a placement that would benefit your business and work towards teaching students the skills that you would look for in an employee.
The work environment must be safe and we would discuss your Health & Safety arrangements and insurance which would cover the student whilst on the placement with you.
The student would need a Line Manager/Supervisor for support and to provide appraisals whilst on the placement.
Work placements offer an insight into working in the industry that relates to the course that the student is studying, helping them to develop their knowledge and transferrable skills.
Depending on which course the student is enrolled on, they will have an opportunity to complete 30 or 50 hours of work experience, applying skills that are more apparent to the workplace. Please contact the Placement Co-ordinator for further information.
The work placement scheme is part of the Supporting Technical Education in Lancashire (STELa) project which seeks to explore how we can devise a Technical Education Curriculum, providing LMC students with meaningful work experience opportunities ahead of the T-Levels roll-out in September 2023.
Learn more about how the STELa project works in collaboration with The Lancashire Colleges (TLC) to engage with businesses via Employer Advisory Group meetings, or contact the STELa Project Lead, Deborah Collier via phone (01524 521239) or email.