Step Six: Getting the Right Support in Place

Now it’s time to set up your placement and plan to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible.

Pre-placement visit or discussion

In preparing for your placement, it is a good idea to visit or have an initial discussion before you start. This gives you a chance to:

  • Get to know one another a bit more.
  • Understand what will be expected of you on placement and what you can expect from the experience.
  • Familiarise yourself with the technology or site where the placement will be hosted.
  • Meet the staff team or virtual project team.
  • Confirm the access technology and equipment you will need to get the most out of the placement.
  • Agree who does what in terms of safeguarding and risk assessment.

Who to involve?

There are several different people you should include in discussions, including your work experience coordinator, careers lead, SENCO, QTVI and mobility specialist.

They can all support with safeguarding, arranging access to technology and equipment and any additional support you may need.

Aids, equipment and support

You may have access to particular technology and software whilst at school or college, for example braille display units, embossers, iPads and other tablets. It is important to talk to your school or college to ask if you can use this technology in your work placement. Have these conversations as early as possible.

Safeguarding and risk assessment

Your school or college must by law make sure a risk assessment has been carried out and safeguarding measures are in place. It isn’t your responsibility to carry out these, but you may want to ask if one is in place and what it covers.

Check out the other steps...

Step One: Narrowing Your Options

Find out the questions you need to ask yourself to help narrow your options and figure out what you want from your work experience.

Find out more about 'Step One: Narrowing Your Options'

Step Two: Exploring What Jobs You Could Do

Explore what jobs you could do as part of your work experience and find out what careers other blind and partially sighted people are doing.

Find out more about 'Step Two: Exploring What Jobs You Could Do'

Step Three: Choosing the Right Work Experience

Learn about the different types of work experience and which is the right one for you.

Find out more about 'Step Three: Choosing the Right Work Experience'

Step Four: Identifying an Employer

Find out about the different approaches you can take to finding your work experience opportunity.

Find out more about 'Step Four: Identifying an Employer'

Step Five: Approaching an Employer

Discover how to make the approach to the employer you wish to set up your work experience with and don’t forget to download our handy approach letter template!

Find out more about 'Step Five: Approaching an Employer'

Step Seven: After Your Work Experience

Learn how to use what you have gained from your work experience to benefit you moving forward onto the next step of your education/career journey, don’t forget to grab the handy checklist!

Find out more about 'Step Seven: After Your Work Experience'
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