Work Experience Placement Officer

Package Generous Annual Leave package, Generous Pension Scheme, Staff benefits and rewards

Oldham College is a great career choice for ambitious professionals. With a “good” Ofsted rating, a Silver “TEF” assessment for our higher education provision, one of the best apprenticeship programmes in the region, excellent 16-18 results and truly outstanding GCSE English results, we are already a high performer. 

But we want to deliver much more than this.  Our ambition is to be “The Best Place to Learn and Work” and we have a clear Strategic Plan which sets out what this means and what we will do to deliver it.  We will keep on improving and innovating, and we are investing in new provision, new facilities and new technology. 

We expect a lot from you, so we want ambitious, open minded candidates, who are ready to give their best.  But we give a lot in return, from training to pensions, our own benefits package, and one of the best and most helpful group of colleagues you could ever wish to meet.  That’s true, by the way – ask almost anyone who has been here. Or come and see for yourself. 

If you want to be outstanding, and want to help us achieve the same thing, then please apply.

 We are looking for:

  • x2 Work Experience Placement Officers
  • Support Scale 5 - £21,887 - £23,976 Salary, Per Annum

Come and join Oldham College in its ambition to become “Outstanding” and the “Best Place to Learn and Work” whilst playing a vital role in supporting our learners to achieve their potential.

Oldham College is a medium sized general further education college, with a turnover of almost £25m. It has one main campus in the centre of town, and this in the third phases of a £40m redevelopment which began in 2012.   Higher education is taught on a second, dedicated campus, a short walk away.  

The College delivers a full range of work related education and training, including 16-18 programmes of study, T levels, apprenticeships, adult learning and higher education.  It has over 5000 full-time students and 600 undergraduates.   

The College is in the top quartile for 16-18 programmes of study and English GCSE resits, and in apprenticeship provision, but is the second highest performing provider Greater Manchester. The quality of its higher education provision is better than many established universities. 

Joining our Journey:

When you join our college, our colleagues have access to numerous benefits and facilities:  

  • Generous Pension Scheme  
  • Employee Assistance Scheme
  • Enhanced Maternity/Paternity provision
  • Staff Development days/week (Jan, July, Aug)
  • Free confidential counselling service
  • Staff recognition awards
  • Subsidised car parking
  • On-site Day Nursery
  • On-site hair and beauty salon and The Grange Theatre

The Role:

Work experience Placement Officer: (Full-time - All year round)

We are looking for professional Work Experience Officers, who can work to targets and have extensive experience of engaging with employers to secure and maximise work experience and T- Level Industry Placement opportunities for our students.

You will organise and plan a range of employer engagement strategies, activities and events to develop employer partnerships and raise the profile of work experience and Industry Placements across college and within the local business community.

You will work in line with Health and Safety regulations to carry out placement risk assessments with employers and be responsible for ensuring all employers meet the required expectations before students start placements.

You will also work directly with students from across the College and be required to support their placement journey from start to finish .You will develop and prepare a range of work experience documents for students and employers and support students with interview preparation, placement applications, CV’s , online DBS applications and support their overall professional development journey .

You will work collaboratively with Heads of Faculty, Programme Leads and Faculty Tutors to plan, match and place students to work experience and Industry placements throughout the academic year. You will keep up to date records of placement activity and employer engagement on internal systems such as CRM, EBS, VITAL and prepare end of year, faculty work experience reports for management.  

You will have the opportunity to support community outreach initiatives designed to support recruitment in line with College targets, attend employer partnership meetings, conferences and external and internal networking events when needed.

Further details including a Person Specification are included within the attached Job Description.

The role will require you to embed and work to the college’s values; working with Integrity, having Ambition to help our learners succeed and being Inclusive to learners and colleagues alike.