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Workshops at a glance…
Date Location Title
6-Oct Senate House, London 12. An Introduction to Work Placement Management
25-Oct Aston University 13. Placements, Work Based Learning and Social Mobility
3-Nov Senate House, London 14. Supporting International Students with Placements
17-Nov Aston University 15. Marketing for Placements
8 Dec Senate House, London 16. From Placements to Employability
12. An Introduction to Work Placement Management
Thursday 6th October (10am-4pm)
Senate House, London
This session will provide guidance for the management and support of work placements. Participants will be furnished with a basis from which they can develop their own plans and manage the day-to-day problems likely to be faced in their jobs. This is aimed at work placement managers, officers, administrators and academic placement tutors, particularly those with little experience who are new to their role, about to be appointed, or wanting a refresher course. This session is designed to introduce all the fundamental aspects of working in the field. The workshop is intended to be flexible and responsive to participants’ needs and interests and therefore emphasis may vary between topics.
Please note the last day for booking on this workshop is Tuesday 27th September
13. Placements, Work Based Learning and Social Mobility
Tuesday 25th October (10am-4pm)
The issues surrounding the social mobility of our students are, again, high on the agenda of late. The Government’s Green paper Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice (Nov 2015) proposes to “provide greater focus on graduate employability” and “widen participation in higher education” whilst the newly formed (Jan 2016) think tank, the Learning and Work Institute, aims to promote “lifelong learning, full employment and inclusion”.
For those of us on the ground, what can we do, practically, to increase the take up of placements by students from disadvantaged backgrounds? Furthermore, what solutions can we share to better engage employers in our communities and nationally in order to further these broad strategic social aims?
In an interactive day of participation and discussion, this workshop will examine ways to support the employability of our students, as well as employers who offer work placements and the like. Delegates will build up a tool-kit of ideas and suggested techniques to use at their institutions.
Please note the last day for booking on this workshop is Friday 14th October
14. Supporting International Students with Placements
Thursday 3rd November (10am-4pm)
Senate House, London
International student participation in placements is high on the agenda at many UK Higher Education Institutions. For some international students, studying in the UK is a highly desirable means to support their future employability prospectsi. International students’ participation in placement remains low in some areas, with students citing obstacles – both perceived and realii – to successfully securing a placement. International students support requirements can differ from UK domiciled students, and can be greater. This workshop, facilitated by experienced placement professionals, will examine strategies to help prepare international students in securing placements, as well as ways to support them whilst on placements. It will also look at the advice and guidance that can be provided for employers to persuade them of the value of offering placements to international students. The day will be interactive, including networking opportunities with other delegates and workshop facilitators. You will be encouraged to share experiences and examples of good practice from your institution.
iUniversities UK (2012) Futures for Higher Education, Analysing Trends http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/highereducation/Documents/2012/FuturesForHigherEducation.pdf [accessed April 2015]
ii http://www.agcas.org.uk/articles/561-International-students-where-are-all-the-placements- [accessed April 2015]
Please note the last day for booking on this workshop is Thursday 27th October
15. Marketing for Placements
Thursday 17th November (10am-4pm)
Marketing placements and what we do needs to be adapted to our audiences, of which there are many – students, prospective students (and their parents), academic colleagues, the sector, employers and HE management. Better promotion can lead to an increase in the number of students taking up placements and/or more opportunities being made available by employers to your students. With available technologies naturally evolving, we also need to think about innovative ways to market placements.
In this practical workshop, our facilitators will discuss techniques you can employ to market placements and work based learning programmes to these audiences, and will encourage your participation to share your experiences.
Please note the last day for booking on this workshop is Thursday 10th November
16. Placements to Employability: thinking about the whole student experience
Thursday 8th December (10am-4pm)
Senate House, London
Perhaps you have expertise in supporting placement students but are now being asked to become involved in curriculum design and development more broadly associated with employability? Or you have experience in your subject based curriculum but are new to placements and employability? Do you know what you might do differently if you were assessing a first year undergraduate placement compared to a Masters level placement? Single interventions, like the sandwich placement, are no longer sufficient in terms of determining employment success on graduation – we must consider the whole student experience. We will contrast employability in the curriculum with employability through the curriculum i.e. how broader teaching, learning and assessment strategies throughout a programme can impact on employability. The intended outcome of the session is to enable you to use your experience and expertise from placement activities to work with your colleagues in your own institutions to appropriately embed placement and other employability related activities in the curriculum.
Please note the last day for booking on this workshop is Thursday 1st December
ASET is always open to discussions on running bespoke sessions at institutions. We try and make these as easy to host as possible by offering to split invoices across faculties, allow institutions to invite and charge delegates from partner colleges etc. Prices start from £1500 for an unlimited delegates (subject only to the size of the room you can provide). We are a non-profit making organisation so the rates only subsequently increase by virtue of any third party consultants we deem appropriate to bring in.
We can run sessions on one topic or can mix and match different parts to cover multiple areas.
Some of the core topics we can offer include:
Please feel free to suggest any other relevant areas for staff development training you would like.