Good Practice for Supporting Trainees in the Work Placement
Flexibility of movement from classroom to work experience placement to maintain the trainee’s engagement and enable the trainee to put the theory learnt within their work preparation sessions into practice within the work environment.
Regular contact to oversee that the employer is providing learning and development; these may be conducted via informal phone calls, regular face-face visits, and more formal assessments and reviews.
Structured work books and progress diaries filled in by trainees alongside their employers to provide a joint record of aims and achievements.
Mentoring and supervision provided by the employers (including by staff such as existing apprentices) to allow the trainee to reflect on their ‘on the job’ experience and discuss their longer term development of skills or qualities required for employment.
Communication: Effective Review and Feedback
Providers, employers and learners should participate in regular reviews and to share feedback. Review throughout the work placement will maintain supportive relationships between the three stakeholders. Providers are encouraged to plan regular review points with both trainee and employer.
Please find here a trainee review and feedback matrix that can be completed by the employer to inform the provider of the trainee’s performance and progress.