Please see below full details of the 2017 Spring Workshop Programme. All workshops are available to book online.Book Online
Workshops at a glance…
Workshops in detail…
In 2010 ASET published a Good Practice Guide with advice on how to implement the new, risk based approach to Health and Safety, resulting from the release of new policy guidance from UCEA in 2009. The revised and updated edition of the ASET Good Practice Guide for Health and Safety for Student Placements was released in September 2016.
This publication is part of a series of ASET Good Practice Guides including the ASET Good Practice Guide for Work Based and Placement Learning in Higher Education (September 2013), which was designed to support practitioners in meeting the expectations of the QAA Quality Code.
Discussions across the sector have raised concerns about managing the risk assessment and due diligence processes associated with placement provision in Higher Education.
This workshop will explain the philosophy behind the both sets of guidance, particularly focusing on establishing manageable, proportionate and appropriate risk assessment and due diligence processes for placement provision. It is aimed at university staff who work with student placements / work experience, whether new to the position or experienced, whether academic or administrative, wanting a refresher and update.
Last day for booking on this workshop is Tuesday 14th February
The aim of this interactive workshop is to provide advice and guidance on the support of disabled students to those working in work experience, work based learning and placement roles, as well as encouraging dialogue and discussion amongst delegates. The following topics will be covered:
Last day for booking on this workshop is Tuesday 28th February
This introductory session on the broad topic of work placement management will provide guidance for the support of work placements by practitioners. 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 those 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. As well as opportunities for discussion and dialogue, the workshop will also enable time to network with other delegates too.
Last day for booking on this workshop is Thursday 9th March
There’s more than one way to….assess a placement. From moving visuals, PDPs and journals, to written artefacts and peer assisted assessment, posters and presentations, our trainers will facilitate discussion and exploration around contemporary, relevant and authentic methods of assessment for placements and work based learning programmes. In this participative workshop, delegates will be invited to engage in discussion and dialogue on the topic including issues such as:
There will also be opportunities for networking with delegates.
Last day for booking on this workshop is Thursday 30th March
Placements Traditionally rooted at undergraduate level, placements and internships are now more widely available than ever, becoming increasingly embedded in the employability agendas and strategies of a greater number of HE providers than ever before. This one day, interactive workshop, will look at ways to engage those audiences – graduates, postgraduates and PhD students – as well as prospective employers too, and our facilitators will create opportunities for discussion, networking and sharing of good practice from delegates’ institutions.
Last day for booking on this workshop – Wednesday 19th April
Graduate employers want students with multicultural awareness, flexibility, adaptability and who are robust enough to deal with business on a global scale. International placements enable students to develop these highly transferable employability skills yet Higher Education providers can find the development and management of these placements daunting. Topics such as insurance, health and safety and visas have the potential to detract from the positive benefits which such placements can offer the parties in these partnerships. Issues relating to visiting students whilst overseas on placements and managing students’ expectations are prevalent too. This highly interactive one-day workshop, led by experienced placement practitioners, will guide you through these areas and many more, with examples being shared and discussed. The day will also include sound networking opportunities with other delegates and course leaders, as well as the chance to share experiences and good practice in this field.
Last day for booking on this workshop – Monday 24th April
Do your students wish to run their own business for their placement? Is this something you haven’t previously considered or were cautious about? This one day workshop will explore the key areas to be taken into account when approving these types of placements, as well as looking at what university support could be provided for placement student entrepreneurs to aid this agenda and foster success. Our facilitators will encourage discussion and dialogue, networking, and the exchange of ideas.
Last day for booking on this workshop – Monday 15th May
Engaging with small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) can be an effective way of generating new and more varied placement opportunities for students. However, considering that many SMEs do not have formal internships or year-long placements, or may not have considered taking on a student/graduate before, there can be barriers that make engagement difficult. In addition, how many of your students are keen to apply for roles with SMEs or understand the value that such experiences can offer? This participative, staff development workshop aims to explore:
Last day for booking on this workshop – Monday 5th June
For placement practitioners, our approach to marketing placements and the range of support services we offer, needs to be adapted to our audiences, of which there are many – students, prospective students (and their parents), academic colleagues, the sector, employers (including SMEs) and HE management. Better promotion can lead to a greater profile for placements within and beyond your institution, an increase in the number of students taking placements and/or more opportunities being made available by employers to your students. With technologies and social media advancing and evolving, we also need to think about innovative ways to market placements.
In this workshop, our facilitators will discuss techniques you can employ to market placements to these audiences, will encourage your participation to share your experiences and engage in active dialogue, and will support learning from best practices nationally through networking opportunities.
Last day for booking on this workshop – Monday 12th June
Discussion surrounding the social mobility of our students is once again on the agenda nationally in the HE sector (the Government’s 2016 White paper Success as a Knowledge Economy: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice). Yet for those of us on the ground, what can we do, practically, to increase the take up of placements by students from a range of disadvantaged backgrounds? How can we reach out to and better engage students with employability and to support the development of their social capital? Furthermore, what solutions can we share to engage employers in order to further these broad aims?
In an interactive day of participation and dialogue, our course leaders will facilitate discussions on ways to support the employability of disadvantaged students and ways to overcome challenges and barriers to participation in placements. Delegates will have the opportunity to network and to build up a tool-kit of ideas and suggestions to take back to their institutions.
Last day for booking on this workshop – Monday 19th June
Do you feel like you are getting left behind when it comes to social media? Would you benefit from exploring some of the main social media platforms and how these can be used in the placements arena? This one day course is aimed at staff working in the placements field, who wish to use social media and haven’t used it previously (or to a limited extent only). Our course leaders will be introducing social media for those at the entry level, and will facilitate discussions on a range of topics such as using social media to engage students. This is an interactive session and delegates will be encouraged to share practice from their institutions.
Last day for booking on this workshop – Wednesday 5th July
Bespoke Workshops in 2017
If you would like to talk about ideas for a bespoke workshop to suit a specific requirement at your institution, contact Debbie at the ASET Office email@example.com .
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.