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  • 1. UHI’s Placement Suite –Interim ThoughtsGlasgow14th February 2013Dr Rob MacphersonSubject Network Leader, Business & Leisure;Chair, UHI Employability Working GroupNicola SmithEmployability Skills Manager;Module Leader , The Placement Suite
  • 2. Employability in UHI
  • 3. http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/students/career-centre/career-staff/110921LTQCEmployabilityEnterpriseStrategy.pdf/viewIn UHI, employability is: a set of achievements, skills,understandings and personal attributes, that, makethe individuals more likely to gain employment andbe successful in their chosen occupations. (Yorke, 2004)
  • 4. Management School Careers Centre Business DevelopmentEducationDevelopment UnitCreate(Entrepreneurship & Enterprise)Placement Suite/Experiential EducationEmployment Skills(Graduate Key Skills)Employer LiaisonGroupsPersonal DevelopmentPlanning?NGB/Professional BodyAccreditation?FE/MAsHN/SVQsRPL?GlobalCitizenship?
  • 5. ExperientialEducation in UHI
  • 6. ExperientialEducationJobShadowingSimulationsStudyAbroadWorkPlacementSummerSchoolsInternshipFieldTripsResearchProjectsVolunteeringServiceLearningGuestLecturesClinicalPracticeCo-operativeEducationCapstoneCourseCaseStudiesCommunityEngagement
  • 7. Operational ManagementExperiential, Work-based and Placement Learning (all modules)• Experiential Learning is fundamental to all levels of the Business and LeisureScheme.• Within the scheme, it is available as optional study – however, it is very stronglyrecommended (particularly for named awards in Golf Management, AdventureTourism Management, Sports Management and Tourism and HospitalityManagement.• Students have the opportunity to engage in a full range of different types ofplacement learning (augmented by optional – although strongly recommended –summer placements).• After appropriate student guidance, it is possible for each student will obtain upto one year’s credits (120 credits) through experiential and placement learning.However, a more normal student experience would be to undertake 3-4 modulesin this manner (60-80 credits).
  • 8. Operational ManagementExperiential, Work-based and Placement Learning (all modules)Placement learning is designed to benefit three constituencies:• the students – who are able to apply their theoretical learning to real workplacesituations; and who will enhance their employability and career developmentprospects• the employers/community – who obtain educated subject practitioners, moreadvanced in their understanding of golf operations and customer wants/needsthan non-golf management students and more able to operate effectively,independently and intuitively• the university/programme team – who benefit from the close and current linkswith employers operating in the contemporary golf industry, so that they candevelop their own golf awareness through continuous professional development
  • 9. Student Benefits• Increased reported learning and motivation to learn• Deeper understanding of subject matter and complex social issues• Ability to apply material learned in class to “real world” issues• Opportunity to learn from classmates experiences• Gain hands on skills related to academic and professional area ofinterestStaff Benefits• Addition of new areas for research and publication, and increasedopportunities for professional recognition and reward• Improved student discussion and participation• Enriched approach for delivering subject matter• Increased opportunity to engage students of all learning styles• New relationship with students and community members• Improved understanding of how learning occurs• Greater awareness of social issues as they relate to academic areasof interest
  • 10. University Benefits• Increased opportunity to engage students of all learning styles• Opportunity to be a model Service-Learning program for otheruniversities• Improved student retention and school to work transition• Access to community partners as potential co-teachers• Improve awareness of universities commitment to thecommunityCommunity Benefits• Additional energy, enthusiasm and resources for addressing issues• Improved relationship with university and access to universityresources• Increased awareness of and support for community organizationsand issues• Opportunity to impress upon students the importance ofparticipation in service• Opportunity to recruit and nurture future volunteers, interns, coops,and full employees or advocates
  • 11. The Placement Suitein UHI
  • 12. All Modules are 20 SCQF credits Level Year Semester 1 Semester 2 SummerBLS013Intro to Work-based & Placement Learning 7 1BLS027 Work Placement ITeam Working and Communication 8 2BLS028 Work Placement IIJob Shadowing 8 2BLS033 Work Placement IIISupervision 9 2-3BLS048 Work Placement IVIndustry-specific Skills 9 2-3BLS055 Work Placement VInternational Placement 10 3-4
  • 13. All Modules are 20 SCQF creditsLevel YearBLS013Introduction to Work-basedand Placement Learning7 1A classroom-based introduction to work-based and placement learning, taughtover both semesters, with a limited amount of experiential learning (5 daysmaximum).Adventure Tourism Management e.g. event marshalling; site visitsBusiness and Management e.g. office intern; guest lecturesGolf Management e.g. Dunhill Links volunteering; golf course visitsSports Management e.g. event attendance; guest lecturesTourism and Hospitality Management e.g. tour guiding; site visits;restaurant/hotel visitsBLS027 Work Placement ITeam Working andCommunication8 2A single semester, group-based, placement activity carried out in conjunctionwith a local business, government agency, community or voluntary group andwith a limited amount of experiential learning (10 days maximum).Adventure Tourism Management e.g. event marshalling; site visitsBusiness and Management e.g. office intern; guest lecturesGolf Management e.g. Dunhill Links volunteering; golf course visitsSports Management e.g. event attendance; guest lecturesTourism and Hospitality Management e.g. tour guiding; site visits;restaurant/hotel visits
  • 14. BLS028 Work Placement IIJob Shadowing8 2A single semester, individual-based, placement activity carried out inconjunction with a local business, government agency, community orvoluntary group and with a limited amount of experiential learning (10 daysmaximum).Adventure Tourism Management e.g. coaching performance; tour guidingBusiness and Management e.g. office internGolf Management e.g. greenkeeping; golf operations; event managementSports Management e.g. event management; leisure centre operationsTourism and Hospitality Management e.g. restaurant/hotel service; front ofhouse; tour guideBLS033 Work Placement IIISupervision(can be integrated with BLS048)9 2-3A single semester (normally plus summer vacation) placement activity carriedout in a supervisory role and in conjunction with a high-quality nationalbusiness, agency or group and with an extensive amount of experientiallearning (20 days minimum; usually over 9 months).Adventure Tourism Management e.g. CairnGorm; Snowdonia; Lake DistrictBusiness and Management e.g. FTSE 250 companyGolf Management e.g. de Vere; Mariott; MacDonald Hotel golf resortsSports Management e.g. de Vere; Mariott; MacDonald Hotel resortsTourism and Hospitality Management e.g. de Vere; Mariott; MacDonaldHotel resorts
  • 15. BLS048 Work Placement IVIndustry-specific Skills(can be integrated with BLS033)9 2-3A single semester (normally plus summer vacation) placement activity carriedout to learn industry-specific or specialist skills in conjunction with a high-quality national business, agency or group and with an extensive amount ofexperiential learning (20 days minimum; usually over 9 months).Adventure Tourism Management e.g. CairnGorm; Snowdonia; Lake DistrictBusiness and Management e.g. FTSE 250 companyGolf Management e.g. de Vere; Mariott; MacDonald Hotel golf resortsSports Management e.g. de Vere; Mariott; MacDonald Hotel resortsTourism and Hospitality Management e.g. de Vere; Mariott; MacDonaldHotel resortsBLS055 Work Placement VInternational Placement10 3-4A single semester (normally plus summer vacation) placement activity carriedout in conjunction with an international business, agency or group and withan extensive amount of experiential learning (20 days minimum; usually over9 months).Adventure Tourism Management e.g. international resortBusiness and Management e.g. office internship; scholarshipGolf Management e.g. international resortSports Management e.g. international resortTourism and Hospitality Management e.g. international hotel; restaurant;resort
  • 16. Obligations within Placement Learning1. Each student will be expected to meet the norms and expectations for professional conduct within their workplace learning.2. Each student will be expected to be aware of, and adhere to, all employer legislative requirements, regulations, practices andperformance criteria (for example, in respect to uniform, personal presentation, health and safety and/or smoking/drinking).Note: this requirement is particularly appropriate for students undertaking workplace learning opportunities overseas withina different cultural context.3. Each student will be required to agree to, and sign, a formal contract of employment with the provider of the experiential andplacement learning.4. Each student will be required to agree to a Personal Development Plan in line with the employer schedule of learning anddevelopment.5. Each student will be responsible for the securing of (and the funding of) any appropriate visas or work permits required toundertaken the placement learning inside or outwith the UK.6. Each student will be responsible for their own travel to and from the placement learning site (this may, or may not, beprovided in consultation with the employer).7. Each student will be responsible for securing their own accommodation (if appropriate) in order to enable them to take upthe agreed placement (this may, or may not, be provided in consultation with the employer).8. Each student is responsible for meeting the assessment criteria for the module and for tracking and reflecting upon theiracademic, professional and personal development.9. Each employer will be responsible for paying the student in accordance with appropriate legislation and industry terms andconditions. [Exceptionally, a student may select to undertake a voluntary placement and, while this can be accommodatedwithin the programme, it will not be anticipated to be a regular occurrence.]10. Each employer will be responsible for any statutory requirements in respect of health and safety, first aid, hygiene (or othersuch legislative requirement).11. The module leader will be responsible for the operation and management of the experiential and placement learning; and willreport regularly to the appropriate programme committee as to the experiential and placement learning activity beingundertaken by the students.
  • 17. Level Semester 1 Semester 2BLS013Introduction to Work-based and Placement Learning7Week 30Portfolio 100%BLS027 Work Placement ITeam Working and Communication 8Week 30Reflective Account (1,000) 33%Portfolio 67%BLS028 Work Placement IIJob Shadowing 8Week 20Reflective Account (1,000) 33%Portfolio 67%BLS033 Work Placement IIISupervision (can be integrated with BLS048) 9Week 5Reflective Account (2,000) 67%Portfolio 33%BLS048 Work Placement IVIndustry-specific Skills (can be integrated with BLS033) 9Week 5Reflective Account (2,000) 67%Portfolio 33%BLS055 Work Placement VInternational Placement10Week 5Reflective Account (4,000) 100%
  • 18. Assessment of Placement Learning1. Assessment will be in line with the precepts outlined in the CUR03 Modules Descriptors pertaining to theappropriate modules.2. Each student will be required to maintain a portfolio of their experiential and placement learning for theduration of their programme of study. This will be assessed regularly (though for diminishing credit) and should forma key item for future employability.3. Each student will be required to write a regular (weekly) reflective log (electronic or paper-based) orparticipate in a reflective group discussion forum in respect of their activity and learning. Note: if a student isundertaking a number of modules at the same time, these reflective logs can be integrated.4. With the exception of BLS013 Introduction to Work-based and Placement Learning, each student will be requiredto submit a final, reflective report upon the completion of the experiential and placement learning. Note: if astudent is undertaking a number of modules at the same time, these reflective logs can be integrated.5. In all cases, employers will be asked to provide a reflection on the success (or otherwise) of thestudent in respect to their experiential and placement learning. While this will not form a formal part of theassessment, it can be integrated within each student’s portfolio, and may be made available to programme externalexaminers in order to assist with any borderline grading decisions (which may include routine staff reviews orappraisals).6. Exceptionally, students may be unable to satisfactorily complete a placement learning experience. In suchinstances, the module leader will have the discretion to resolve these matters through the provision of a broadlyequivalent activity or placement (in appropriate consultation with the programme leader and programme externalexaminers).7. From time to time, there may be issues which arise within placement learning which require exceptional decisionsto be made. In such instances, the module leader will have the discretion to resolve these matters (in appropriateconsultation with student advisors, the programme leader, the subject network leader, UHI Executive Office and/orprogramme external examiners).
  • 19. Improving Outcomes?
  • 20. Developing the Pedagogy• The Placement Suite, semester 1 “wash up” and semester 2 “wash up”• The Placement Suite student feedback sessions• JISC Work-based Learning Maturity Toolkit Project• HEA Experiential Learning Literature Review and Bibliography Project• QAA Work-based Learning Practitioner’s Fora• SFC Enhancement Themes• SHEEF Conference and Workshops• UHI Employability Strategy (revision)• NCUB Placement Suite Project (in discussion)• QAA/SQA EDU Accommodation Management conference session• QAA Placement Suite conference session• UHI Skills Award• “UHI Work”
  • 21. OtherUndergraduatesFirstDegreePost-graduate Total %UHI Area 38 146 2 186 74Rest of Scotland 14 27 1 42 17Rest of UK 7 4 1 12 5Rest of World 5 5 1 11 4Total 64 182 5 251Total %Personal Service Occupations 51 20Skilled Trades Occupations 36 14Elementary Occupations 32 13Associate Professional and Technical Occupations 28 11Administrative and Secretarial Occupations 26 10Professional Occupations 25 10Sales and Customer Service Occupations 24 10Managers & Senior Officials 23 9Process, Plant and Machine Operatives 6 2Total 251Graduates from full-time coursesLocation of employment:Occupations: