Employability – The Industrial Placement

(11/11/2002 20:00)

Student academic ability and employability are of equal importance in the Higher Education agenda. However the knowledge, skills and competencies developed by students during their University life may not, on there own, be sufficient preparation for the world of work.

. The industrial placement year is the ideal springboard for each student to realise their full potential, in addition it enables them to discover the myriad of job opportunities that are available. It also adds significant value to the final year studies.

This paper will explain some of the differences between the student experiences in University academic life and their experiences in the environment of the clothing industry. Recognising the tensions and conflicts, which may arise between the diverse cultures. Coping with the two “different worlds ” can be frustrating and confusing.

The outcome of these tensions is tremendously beneficial and once the bridge has been crossed the student settles into the workplace and readily accepts the challenges that are provided.

The second part of the paper will concentrate of the development of the student, and the way in which companies benefit from sponsoring and employing a student during the third year of a degree programme.

The whole placement process from the pre placement preparation period through to the graduate first jobs statistics need to be wholly understood and monitored. This is to ensure that each students is adequately prepared, supported and placed in an business that matches the needs and aspirations of the student and of the Company.

The bottom line is that it works ! The proof is evident from the increasing number of excellent sponsorships provided by the industry and the graduate first destination statistics.

By: Angela C Peers

Submit Date: 11/11/2002 20:00

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