Below are some questions that are frequently asked by employers. If you have any queries or would like to talk to someone about providing work experience opportunities or training placements, please do not hesitate to send us a message or to contact your local centre. We'd be delighted to hear from you.
I’d like to offer work experience/placement to a National Learning Network student. Can you tell me what is involved?
1. Work Experience provides the student with the opportunity to explore employment areas, test their skills in employment and acts as a work trial leading to a job. Work experience is normally of short duration (e.g. four weeks). The work experience can be conducted over a set period of time, e.g. four consecutive weeks, or can be staggered, e.g. one day per week for 10 weeks.
2. A training place involves an employer providing on-the-job training to a student, with support provided from National Learning Network staff. The purpose of a training place is to train the student to do the job. Students normally spend three days per week with the employer and placements are usually 9 months to a year in duration.
As an employer, are there any cost implications in offering work experience/placements to National Learning Network Learners?
What are the benefits to me and my company?
There are many benefits for an employer. Firstly, they gain from having a motivated, cost-free student who will be developed within the culture and ethos of that employment setting. They also benefit by receiving Disability Awareness training, both for themselves and their staff, and from having greater diversity in their work place. Research shows that morale in the business improves and the employer enhances his/her reputation as a socially responsible employer.
Who will support me if I offer a National Learning Network student either work experience or a training placement within my company?
Will you supply assistive technology if it is required by the student?
Will my company receive Disability Awareness training?
Are there any insurance costs or implications for employers?
Will I have to employ the student at the end of their course?
What about Health and Safety issues?
How do I find out more information on providing work experience opportunities or training placements to students with National Learning Network?
If you have a question that isn't answered in the above FAQ, don't hesitate to contact us.