Luminate Education Group

Work Placement Officer (LUM201/645)

Leeds, West Yorkshire
Commencing at £21,028 with progress to £22,200 per annum
29 Sep 2023
15 Oct 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

About the Role

The department of Careers, Work Experience & Progression is part of the Student Life Directorate. The Directorate leads on activities and strategies which contribute to an outstanding further education student experience closely aligned with the college and group strategic objectives.  Careers, Work Experience & Progression supports students through guidance, opportunities, and experience to make informed life choices about their career pathway and destination.

The work placement officer will work with students, employers and curriculum departments to support the successful completion of ​work placements and work with the business engagement team & curriculum to ensure placements are ​allocated appropriately to students. 

What You Will Do

  • Support students prior to placements by identifying their skills, qualities, interests and aspirations and matching them to appropriate work placements sourced by the business engagement team.
  • Work to ambitious targets and caseloads to meet work placement requirements and stakeholder expectations.
  • Supporting students to arrange pre-placement visits, agreeing expectations with students and employers.
  • Be a point of contact for both students and employers during the placement, should any support be required and work with stakeholders to resolve reported issues.
  • Monitor and report on the progress of the placements, from the perspective of both student and employer, including visiting the student and employer in the work setting where necessary.
  • Support both student and employer to ensure placements are of high quality for both stakeholders.
  • Undertake a range of general administration duties including word processing, production of spreadsheets and updating of college information systems.
  • Be willing to travel across the Leeds City Region to support placements.

About You

  • Knowledge of 16-18 education and the T-Level agenda.
  • Knowledge of the Leeds City Region workforce agenda and skills gap.
  • Understanding of employability skills needed for a work placement, and how to equip students with these skills.
  • Experience of working with young people in a group and one to one basis.
  • Experience of building relationships with internal and external stakeholders 
  • An ability to develop effective relationships with young people, college staff, employers and other stakeholders.
  • Enthusiastic, positive and understanding of students’ needs. Initiative, self-motivation and the ability to persuade, influence and motivate others.
  • A willingness to work flexibly both independently and as part of a team.


There are plenty of benefits available to our staff members, here are just a few:

  • Annual leave entitlement - If you work full time, you'll get at least 27 days holiday plus bank holidays and up to 5 discretionary closure days at Christmas (pro rata for part time staff).
    • Support Staff 27 days (increasing to 32 days after 5 years service)
    • Academic 37 days
    • Senior Management 37 days
  • Generous Pension schemes
    • Teachers’ Pension Scheme 
    • Local Government Pension Scheme 
  • Memberships and discounts - employees can sign up to various membership cards and discount schemes such as TOTUM card (formerly NUS card). 
  • Travel and commuting - discounted travel available through Metro card, Northern Rail, First Bus, Arriva Bus and Cycle to work schemes.
  • Learning and development opportunities -  including staff development days
  • Employee wellbeing initiatives
  • Flexible and hybrid working opportunities - this will vary depending on role requirements

About Us

Leeds City College is one of the largest further education institutions in the country and is one of the biggest providers of apprenticeships regionally. 

We provide a vibrant and diverse learning environment, delivering excellent and innovative education which is supportive, inspiring and life changing. Leeds City College’s values put students first and are at the heart of everything the college does.

We are committed to lifelong learning and investing in our staff. You’ll have access to a broad variety of training and professional development designed to help you continually develop and grow. We offer a wide range of job vacancies, and our large size means there are always exciting opportunities to progress.

Join us on the journey to being the best that we can collectively be for our students, apprentices, staff and our stakeholders.


At Luminate Education Group we are committed to the safeguarding and welfare of all our students including children, young people, and vulnerable adults. We expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We follow the Safer Recruitment requirements and best practice as set out within Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance. All successful applicants will be required to complete mandatory pre-employment checks which include an enhanced DBS check, online checks and must have two satisfactory references. Please be aware that it is a criminal offence to apply for this post if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity in connection to children.


We recognise, value and champion diversity & Inclusion. As we engage with a diverse student population we want to ensure we reflect that in our staff population too. For us diversity is about building happy teams, full of people that want to learn and be inspired by each other, by our different experiences and backgrounds. It is important to us that both staff and students achieve their full potential.  Diversity is important to us, but inclusion is equally, if not more important. It’s not just about having the representation but also providing the people we recruit with opportunities and valuing everyone’s contributions and perspectives.

For further information about the role please visit the vacancies section of our website via the apply link.

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