From a host organisation’s perspective, a placement works well when a student feels comfortable and safe in their workplace, and able to contribute to the organisation.
Expectations should be made clear at the initial interview including work and learning objectives, dress standards; work attendance; clear project outlines (if a project is to be completed); orientation to the workplace – toilets, coffee and introduction to other staff. It is also helpful that other staff are aware of the student and the role they are to play.
A health and safety induction must be provided to the student upon commencement.
All work (or the majority thereof) must be completed at the provider’s worksite or designated location, if this is not to be the case this must be made clear from the onset and the WIL topic coordinator informed prior to approval. If possible, inclusion of students in all aspects of the work environment including meetings is highly valued. We ask students to act in a professional manner, show initiative and be willing to perform a variety of jobs from the mundane to the exciting. We have very rarely been disappointed.