Sheffield College scheme means firms are paid to take students on work placement

Employers are being offered financial support to provide Sheffield College students with industry placements as part of a skills-led recovery from Covid-19.

Thursday, 17th September 2020, 2:45 pm

The college is the first further education provider in Sheffield City Region to take part in the Employer Support Fund pilot scheme. Funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency, it is open to any employer of any size.

An employer can claim financial support for a maximum of 10 students where money is a barrier to taking on a work experience student.To find out more, email [email protected]

Employers are being offered financial support to provide Sheffield College students with industry placements as part of a wider skills led recovery from Covid-19.

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A Sheffield college student in the floristry department

The Sheffield College is the first further education provider in Sheffield City Region to take part in the pilot scheme.

In recognition of the impact of coronavirus, the Employer Support Fund pilot scheme 2020/21 covers the costs for employers of hosting students on industry placements.

Funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency, the scheme is open to any employer of any size in any geographical location.

Students in The Sheffield College Construction and Building Trades department

Under the scheme, an employer can claim financial support for a maximum of 10 students, when offering an industry placement.

The financial support is available where money is a barrier to an employer taking on a work experience student. They will receive £750 per learner.

College chief executive and principal Angela Foulkes said: “It’s vital that we continue to deliver high-quality industry placements to support the city as part of a skills-led recovery, and we are delighted to offer this scheme.

“This reflects our wider commitment to ensuring that students access education and training opportunities that will help them go further in their careers and supporting employers to mould the talent of the future with the skills they need for growth.”

The college is also launching a virtual work placement programme involving key employers, guest speakers and masterclasses.

It currently works with approximately 1,523 industry placement employers who provide placement experience and work-related opportunities.

To find out more about the Employer Support Fund scheme, email [email protected]

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