Work Experience Co-ordinator
The application of learning through work experience and employer projects are essential to learning at the University of Derby. We aim to deliver student experiences through which they can explore the application of their discipline in an organisation, to develop new insights, skills and attributes. Work experience, projects and live briefs connect students, academic teams, employers and community organisations.
The Work Experience Co-ordinator is a key role in making this happen: building relationships, creating and organising experiences for students. A collaborative and creative approach will be essential. The relationships and opportunities developed must be high quality. This requires attention to detail and a commitment to excellent service quality.
- To co-ordinate the implementation of a centralised service for the inclusion of work experience, live briefs and projects in academic programmes and the extra curricula employability award:
- Develop and operationalise a model and procedures;
- Improve access to work experience and projects for students, community organisations, employers and academic colleagues;
- Raise the profile of work experience and promote the benefits of engagement;
- Work collaboratively to develop learning, reflection and marketing materials for all stakeholders;
- Improve work experience practice and infrastructure;
- Recognise and celebrate work experience, projects and live briefs
- To promote the benefits of work experience, raise the profile of opportunities and showcase success. To organise and contribute to events, marketing and social media. Support students to develop their understanding of how work experience enhances learning and employability using a variety of methods, including face to face information and advice, workshops, resources and social media. Appropriately refer students to colleagues within the team for employability advice and guidance. Work collaboratively within the Careers and Employment Service team and with Colleges to understand and respond to the needs of academic and employability programmes and to deliver a comprehensive service for students, academics, employers and community organisations. This includes:
- supporting the Careers Consultants linked to the Colleges to identify the requirements of programmes and to communicate progress in meeting requirements;
- Working closely with the Volunteering and Futures Award Co-ordinator to manage relationships and opportunities;
- Contributing to establishing, building and managing long-term relationships with a wide range of appropriate employers, community organisations and external networks.
- To administer the policy and procedures, including workflow, required to ensure student experiences are high quality and responsibilities are clear (eg for induction, feedback and health & safety). Work with the E-Resources Officers to ensure that data is recorded on a suitable platform that can be easily accessed by employers, academics, students and the wider CES team and kept in accordance with University policies. To establish and maintain an understanding of the legislation, Higher Education Quality Frameworks and University regulations impacting on student work experience.
- Provide expert advice regarding reviewing policies and practice.
- Analyse and evaluate the quality and impact of the service and the experiences delivered for all stakeholders and report findings. To develop an annual plan for the continual enhancement of the co-ordination of work experience in the curriculum. Track implementation of the plan, taking appropriate responsibility for actions related to it. Maintain a safe working environment and ensure compliance with legislation, equal opportunities, SENDA, DDA. Other duties as directed by your line manager, which are within the scope and spirit of the job purpose and contribute to the service.