The University welcomes and encourages work experience placements for children below statutory school leaving age and young adults, and recognises that they are an important part of secondary education. Guidance has been developed to ensure that the placement is planned and organised in such a way as to provide a safe and interesting learning experience for the student.
Health and Safety Regulations place the following requirements on employers concerning these types of placements:
All work experience placements must have the approval of the Head of Business Unit in charge or a person with delegated authority. The Health and Safety Coordinator must also be consulted and involved in setting up the placement. Guidance (see related links) on the issues relating to setting up placements is available on the Health and Safety web site. This includes templates for the risk assessment and correspondence with parents/guardians/carers. In particular the young person must:
Safe guarding - the guidance in the University’s Safeguarding Policy must be read and understood, and the short safeguarding training requirement should also be completed before any work experience placement commences.
Applications concerning children under the statutory school leaving age should be arranged through the local education authority’s placement organisation. This will address many of these requirements.
Safety Policy on Work Experience
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