As the sole trainer on WP it is my responsibility to identify a scheme of work that best fits the claimants and increases their work skills and employability. I intend on designing sessions that focus on the development of practical work skills and how these skills are linked with competencies in the workplace.
The biggest problem is finding placements, we struggle to find outstanding placements for our students and I would like to explore further and find out why there is a reluctance to accept students and how I can change employer’s attitude towards the students. Last year I had a total of 500 students attend a placement, given the large number of students, we occasionally get a student who has a difficult time at placement or does not attend regularly, this immediately puts the employer off having further students, so I am going to look at what I can do to minimise any misunderstandings and actively seek to retain employer support for a more consistent process.
The purpose of this research is to establish why employers very rarely continue to participate in accepting students on work placements. How as a college can we improve their retention and encourage employers to work with us, so it benefits the up and coming workforce. The NVQ Floristry Courses Levels 1,2 and 3 all require work placement to be completed as part of the criteria of the course, this is set down by the awarding body.