Information for Employer Partners

Employability & Partnership Coordinator Team

When a student attends a work placement or industry placement with an employer it is important that we provide support to ensure that appropriate health & safety processes are in place and that we gather details of ‘employer liability insurance’.  Our Employer Partnership Coordinators and Employer Engagement Leads will coordinate this process and this information would normally be gathered via our Connect system. Our goal is to make the risk assessment process as quick and easy as possible whilst also safeguarding our students.

If you have any queries about the risk assessment process and employer liability insurance, please email [email protected]

 

Connect Work Experience System

College of Suffolk have invested in a work experience software system called Connect.  This system helps us to communicate effectively with our employer partners and has the following key features:

 

Auto-contact messages when a placement has been arranged and uploaded

Risk assessment processes to ensure placements are safe

An appraisal system to allow employers to provide honest feedback about our students

Any work placement activities that are organised with an employer partner will be processed through the Connect system.

 

Risk Assessments

When a student attends a work placement or industry placement with an employer it is important that we carry out some health & safety checks and record information such as ‘employer liability insurance’. Our Employer Partnership Coordinators and Employer Engagement Leads will coordinate this process and this would normally be gathered via our Connect system. Our goal is to make the risk assessment process as quick and easy as possible while also making robust safety checks.  If an employer has their own risk assessment for work placements, we can use this documentation in place of the Connect system.

 

If you have any queries about the risk assessment process and employer liability insurance,

please email [email protected]

 

Brand Promotion

At College of Suffolk we are incredibly proud of our employer partnerships and we are always keen to promote this and the brands of our partners in a positive light.

 

If you already partner with College of Suffolk and would like us to promote your brand/logo and success stories, please click the link below and email the completed form to [email protected]

 

Student Preparation and Reflection

We ensure that our students are well prepared for work placements and industry placements through our weekly ‘Employability Hour’.  As part of this, we ask students to carry out a self-assessment of their employability skills, to plan what kind of work experience they would like to do and how this links to their career, and we also ask our students to set clear objectives around what skills and behaviours they would like to develop through work experience. These activities help students to be focussed and purposeful on placement, having identified clear goals and explored the value of such experiences. On completion of a work placement, students are asked to complete a reflective log, linking back to their initial objectives, to consider what went well on the placement, what could have been better and how their future plans have been influenced as a result of their experience.

 

Employer Feedback

We value feedback from our employer partners about our student’s conduct and impact during placements. On completion of a placement an employer host will receive an automated email request to complete a feedback report. This information is a crucial part of the experience for students and offers them an honest insight into their performance and areas that they need to develop for future success. We appreciate any feedback from employers to support this reflective process.

 

Any employers hosting students currently or in the future with general queries can contact the Employability team directly on [email protected]