The focus of the assessment for this unit is on the skills involved in preparing for and reflecting on work placement. However, it is expected that the underpinning teaching and learning will help develop learners’ understanding of:
• the potential benefits of work placement in improving employability skills and helping them progress towards a job
• the importance of conforming to expectations in relation to attitudes and behaviours in the workplace
• issues that might arise while on placement and ways to avoid these where possible.
To help learners prepare for and reflect on a work placement.
Unit Learning Outcomes
Be able to prepare for a work placement.
Identify information about work placement setting, including its key purpose and objectives.
Outline expectations of employer in relation to attitudes and behaviours in the work placement setting.
Outline workplace tasks likely to be undertaken on placement.
State how to respond to issues that might arise while on work placement (e.g. running late; not being given any breaks).
Be able to set goals to get the most out of a work placement.
Set goals which are relevant to the setting and to their own ambitions for employment and build on their existing employability skills, knowledge and experience.
Be able to review a work placement.
Be Outline what went well during the work placement and what they could improve on, making reference to specific tasks or activities.
Make suggestions for how to complete certain tasks better or improve on particular attitudes or behaviours (e.g. levels of punctuality).
Identify key learning points from the work placement experience.
Use reflections on performance on work placement to set specific targets for further development of knowledge, behaviour, attitude or skills to improve employability.