Do you have the capability of offering an international student a work placement?
Chester based language education provider – The Language Guys, is on the lookout for businesses who can provide a two week work placement in 2019.
Emma Woollard, director of the Language Guys is currently overseeing 46 students from Italy who are living and working in the Chester area.
“The students, who are aged 17 and 18, come to us for three weeks, they stay with homestay families and work for a business for two of those weeks,” said Emma.
“This is our first year of the programme, the students have gained an EU Grant to come and gain work experience in the UK and improve their English.
“At home the students are studying on vocational programmes including marketing tourism, engineering, IT, web development and more. They all have to have at least an upper intermediate level of English to be accepted on to the programme,” she added.
In Italy it is now compulsory for students to undertake 400 hours of work experience before they can graduate from high school or to be accepted into university; 90 of those hours will be gained in the UK under this scheme.
“Next year we will have students from Germany, who are currently studying under a dual system, where they study for two or three days and then work in industry the rest of the week,” said Emma.
“These students will come to us for one month, they are looking for higher level placements though as they already have at least a years’ experience in industry.”
The team is on the hunt for a variety of different work placements, but Emma admits they struggle to find placements in marketing, IT, web development architecture and administration.
“Taking on a work placement student is great for any business,” said Emma.
“Not only is it another pair of hands, but it’s a new perspective, fresh ideas, a different culture and of course free!”
“We are fully insured and we supervise all placements.”