Will I need a CV and will I be interviewed by the employer for a placement?
An up to date and high quality CV is a must and you can expect at least to be interviewed. You may even have to give a presentation and/or undertake an assessment.
Our Accelerate employability skills development workshops can help you to update your CV, write a covering letter and prepare for an interview, undertake presentations and participate in assessment centres.
The Career Navigator online careers portal hosts thousands of e-learning courses and videos, and has a module called CVs and Application Advice. There is also a great module on Interviews and Assessments. It even has a CV Builder package to help you to produce and format your CV.
Your first year grades and your UCAS points will be taken into account by some placement providers; look at your application,
What about Health and Safety?
A Health and Safety e-learning module has been introduced for all placements administered by the Careers & Employability Service. You will be required to complete the e-learning module before you start your placement.
New users will need to register on the system by selecting the ‘register by clicking here’ link.
When you have completed and passed the e-learning module you will be required to send us your pass certificate as proof that you have completed this step. This e-learning module is the one used by the University for all of its staff and Ambassadors and covers all of the relevant health and safety in the workplace requirements.
What support do I get from the University while I am on placement?
A placement tutor from your faculty will be allocated to you by your faculty before you start your placement. This will be a member of academic staff such as your personal tutor or an academic staff member who has been assigned to supervise your placement and project. The role of the placement tutor is to:
- act as your personal tutor and first point of contact should any work of pastoral issues arise
- act as a point of contact for the employer and work with them on monitoring progress and supporting your learning
- negotiate with you and the employer on the content of a Learning Agreement, linking the experience to your main academic studies
- try to ensure that your placement experience is supporting your personal development and your academic development by linking theory to practice
- visit you and your employer at least once during the placement. Please note that if you are on an overseas placement you may not be visited, but a Skype contact can be set up
- mark your professional training report as part of your placement year assessment and ensure the validity of the marks/credits awarded to the relevant University assessment panels and boards.
The Careers & Employability Service is responsible for:
- the management and organisation of placement administration i.e authorisation of your placement, monitoring the completion of appropriate paperwork and progress reports
- the maintenance of accurate and up to date information on students and placement providers
- monitoring your progress to ensure that all administrative procedures are complete via submission of forms on the DLE.
- responding to emergencies in relation to your placement when all other options have not been effective.
During your placement you will receive automated progress report forms from the Careers & Employability Service. You will need to complete these at 6 and 24 weeks. At 48 weeks you will be required to complete a final progress report/employer assessment with your line manager.
The progress reports are designed to be a personal reflection on your learning and development. The report highlights the suggested competences that most graduate recruiters are looking for and will be a valuable tool for recording you employability skills when:
- you come to write up your final professional training report
- you complete the Plymouth Award
- you update your CV at the start of year 3
- you start to apply for graduate jobs in the future.
Am I still a student when I am on placement?
While you are on placement you are still a student and you will be liable for tuition fees. The current fees (for students out on placement for 2015/16) are £900.
You will still need to register as a student online. This ensures that you can have your tuition fee loan released by the Student Loans Company, exemption from Council Tax and other charges, have access to student discounts, submit and have academic work marked, receive academic, pastoral and wellbeing support, use the library, IT and other support services.