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WORK PLACEMENT POLICY

Work placement activities are central to the development of the candidates’ competence and employability skills.

CENTRE has a curriculum in which work placement is featured across a large proportion of both Further and Higher Education programmes.

Learners undertake placements within a range of industries across many different sectors, with varying activities. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that we promote work placement as an integral part of the curriculum and an essential tool for progression to employment or to develop further skills and knowledge.

Inherent in the policy is the commitment from us to support students in selecting an appropriate placement and meeting obligations regarding relevant risk assessment of the placements, including insurance requirements.

All placements will undergo a checking process relevant to the age and course level of the learner or candidate competence required, taking into account the activities to be undertaken on placement. This process is firstly to ensure that the placement has an appropriate risk assessment and insurance provision in place, but also to ensure that the placement can provide relevant activities for the learner who is undertaking the placement.

All placement providers will have to provide evidence of Employers and Public liability insurance as appropriate.

CENTRE will work with Placement providers will ensure the following are provided;

  • All relevant DBS checks,
  • induction,
  • mandatory training
  • Use of equipment
  • Appropriate Personal Protective Equipment
  • Adequate risk assessment is carried out and communicated

Responsibilities
CENTRE has a duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, that neither employees, visitors nor learners are exposed to risks to their health and safety arising out of our activities. This will include the provision of robust and auditable systems to ensure work placement takes place in appropriate work environments and meets awarding body requirements. We have a responsibility to ensure that any staff involved in the management or administration of placements have appropriate training, and are in turn aware of their responsibilities in the process, including when visiting placements.

Placement providers
Learners on placement are employees of the placement provider under the terms of either a contract of employment or the Training for Employment Regulations 1990 and, as such, are owed a duty of care. The employer (placement provider) must ensure so far as is reasonably practicable the health, safety and welfare at work of the learner. This includes assessing the risks to which the learner on placement is exposed at work and providing training, instruction and supervision. These are particularly important aspects given the youth and inexperience of many of the learners on placement. The primary responsibility for meeting statutory Health & Safety requirements within a placement remains with the employer (placement provider).

Learner
Learners on placement have the same Health & Safety responsibilities as any other employees in the workplace. They must take reasonable care for their own Health & Safety and for the Health & Safety of other people who may be affected by their acts and omissions. They must also cooperate with the placement provider in complying with the placement provider’s legal duties. DBS checks may have to be completed by some learners before placements can begin, eg Health and Social Care, Child Care and others as required.

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