Share your expertise with the workforce of the future.
Specialist, technical education is at the heart of Riseholme College. As part of this, experience is integral to helping our students develop the skills they will need for successful careers.
Our students develop hands-on experience with employers through either industry placements or work experience.
Typically, work experience is short-term, lasting for a few days or weeks. Meanwhile, industry placements are longer-term. Often students will attend placement one day per week throughout the academic year.
Industry placements are integral to certain courses, for instance, T Levels usually require a minimum of 315 hours of experience.
Why should I offer an industry placement/work experience?
You'll experience lots of benefits by offering an industry placement/work experience opportunity.
Add extra resources to your day-to-day business operations
Upskill your staff as they develop management skills whilst supervising a student
Tap into new ideas from students who are currently training in the industry
Inspire and support the next generation of workers in your industry
Gain access to a potential future workforce
Help to address current and future skill shortages in your industry
Strengthen your recruitment pipeline and increase people-diversity
What industries do Riseholme College students need experience of?
We offer a wide range of subjects, most of which require an element of work experience or an industry placement.
Which students undertake industry placements/work experience?
The majority of work experience is undertaken by students on Level 3 courses (including T Levels) and by foundation degree students, who require placements to complete their courses. However, students from other courses may also wish to develop their experience.
All of our students are supported in preparing themselves for employment through the delivery of employability skills embedded into the curriculum. These skills will help to ensure that they have a successful placement with you.
How do I get involved?
Our Work Experience Coordinators work closely with employers to make sure that opportunities are mutually beneficial. If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and the team will discuss the possibilities with you.
You would need to be able to offer a safe and healthy workplace to support a quality placement. This includes suitable staff to supervise students and the development of a work plan that a student could be involved in.
What support does Riseholme College offer?
We work hard to match our students with appropriate placements. Once you have a match, we will support you to complete the relevant documentation, ensure the student is work ready and will manage their expectations about the role, as well as behaviours required in the workplace.
We will review your safe working practices with you to ensure you are able to support a high-quality placement and will check in at key points to review the student’s progress and achievements.
What is the Employer Mentoring Programme?
Riseholme College’s new Mentoring Programme for our Agriculture degree students aims to use established experienced farmers in the region to help our students as they develop from being an undergraduate to a graduate in employment.
Our Employer Mentoring programme offers second and third year degree students the opportunity to meet with an experienced professional who has relevant industry experience relating to their course which will prepare them for their next steps.
What's in it for your business? By sharing your deep knowledge of your sector and supporting our enthusiastic students you will have the reward of seeing them grow in to the industry and open their eyes to all the possibilities available to them.
Every year we are looking to inspire our students by having the opportunity to meet and network with potential employers. We see this as an essential part of our students’ career planning. If you feel able to support any future careers/employability events or offer site visits and guest lectures/talks or workshops to particular groups of students, and have not already got established contacts within our academic departments, please email email@example.com.