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Work Placement Engagement Officer (Fixed term until 31st July 2021)

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Contract:Vision Business Support Service, Fixed Term Contract

Salary:£21,794 pro rata, per annum

Closing date:20/09/2020

Start date:TBC

The role of Work Placement Engagement Officer sits within the Communications, Engagement and Student Experience department. A key part of this role will be to engage new employers to secure work placements for students, achieving the college’s work placement targets for study programme and industry placements.

You will implement and create new engagement strategies for different industries to build capacity to deliver high quality industry placements. Working individually as well as working alongside the work placement team and other college departments to generate and upscale placement opportunities.

You will undertake risk assessments for a range of industry sector placements, ensuring that students are protected against health and safety risks arising from work activities, at the same time using the opportunity to develop strong links with employers and generate confidence in the college’s professional approach to health and safety.

Developing good relationships with curriculum will be essential to ensure there is an alignment between curriculum planning and industry and study placement provision as well as collaboratively matching students to placements and upscaling to industry placements.

You will contribute to students’ preparation for work placement through projects, developing and delivering resources, being passionate about students’ achievement monitoring completion of relevant and meaningful work placement objectives.

You will use a range of college systems including Connect the college central work placement management system and ensure key employer and student engagement information is captured to support CDF monitoring reports, audits and OFSTED inspections.

The post holder will be expected to be a self-starter and have a high level of resilience, as the role will involve cold calling, engaging new employers to work placements and meeting targets. You will need to be able to adapt quickly to meet new and challenging priorities as strategies may change to achieve work placement outcomes.

This role will focus predominantly on engaging employers to support students with work placements relating to computer science, media, music, visual, performing arts & design. However support may be required for other college departments or projects. Experience in the creative or digital sector would be beneficial but is not a mandatory requirement.

You will be required to travel to conduct risk assessments and attend employer appointments, open evenings, employer networking events and visit other college sites.

The role will require you to embed the college’s values; Respect, Integrity, Collaboration, High Expectations, Responsibility.