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The Micro-Placement Programme

The Micro-Placement Programme is a new initiative which aims to place 32 bright, hard-working law students in short-term work experience placements during the summer in organisations, predominately in SMEs, in non-legal fields.

This scheme is run in collaboration with City’s Careers Service and The City Law School.

What is a micro-placement?

Micro-placements are:

  • Voluntary work experiences lasting between two and five weeks between June and August 2016
  • Focused on the assignment of a specific project which is provided for the student by the host organisation alongside more general work shadowing.

What are the benefits of hosting a micro-placement?

The biggest benefit of hosting a micro-placement is the ability to take on an enthusiastic and talented law student for up to five weeks, at minimal cost to your organisation. This is a great opportunity to take on one of our best law students with an interest in your sector.

We do all the recruitment for you, and provide our students with intensive training at all stages of the application process.

The associated benefits include:

  • The completion of a project of benefit to your organisation
  • The promotion of your organisation among our students
  • Developing a direct link with City.

Above all, you will be making a difference by:

  • Giving a current student an insight into an industry they would not otherwise gain
  • Making an impact on the student’s employability skills
  • Most likely working with a student from a widening participation background. This scheme is a great way of providing valuable work experience for students from underrepresented backgrounds.

Why provide an LLB Law student an assignment/project?

Nationally, only 28% of law students will go on to work in the legal sector. City wants to encourage career exploration from an early stage.

We want each micro-placement to consist of a project outside of the legal sector in which the student will gain experience to really shape their employability skills, boost their confidence and enhance their career exploration of the world of work in other industries.

Will micro-placement students be paid?

As micro-placements are short-term placements, we do not ask participating organisations to provide payment. However, we do encourage organisations to cover travel expenses (where appropriate) and either provide lunch or cover the costs of lunch.

What types of projects can the micro-placements include?

A project should be the focus of each micro-placement. We encourage projects which are:

  • Small-scale: for completion within a minimum of two working weeks and a maximum of five working weeks
  • Of sufficient complexity to provide a valuable learning experience for the student and to challenge them
  • Of value to your organisation.

Projects may be self-contained or form part of a larger, ongoing project. Examples of projects can include:

  • Development of a prototype
  • Research and production of an impact framework for a community-run project
  • Data presentation and illustration
  • Production of an advisory report on proposed changes
  • Development of your organisation’s social media presence
  • Internet-based research
  • Reviewing communications and your organisation’s web site
  • User surveys
  • Research into target clients/markets
  • Digitisation of materials/resources.

Host responsibilities

We ask all participating organisations to:

  • Provide a description of the micro-placement project(s) they can offer, including an overview of the skills required by the ideal candidate. This will be advertised on our vacancy advertisement system, CareersHub
  • Provide the student with an appropriate work space and equipment necessary to carry out the project work
  • Designate a point of contact within the organisation who will supervise the student and act as the primary contact for communications with City
  • Provide feedback to City by evaluating the student at the end of the micro-placement.

The application and selection process

There is a competitive recruitment process for the scheme and we will do all of the recruitment so all of the students will be thoroughly vetted prior to the placements. The application and selection process include the following:

  • Mandatory two hour workshop on CVs and application forms, and interview guidance prior to submitting applications
  • Feedback from CityCareers consultants after submitting applications with a chance to tweak before presenting final applications
  • Interviews for shortlisted applicants, before matching selected students to their organisations.
  • Selected students will also be attending a pre-placement workshop prior to starting their micro-placement in order for them to learn how to make the most of the experience.

Will I get a chance to meet the students before the placement?

After hosting organisations and students have been matched, we will send the application and profile of the student you have been matched with and strongly encourage you to meet the student prior to the placement.

How does the scheme focus on social mobility?

This is a great way of getting involved with outreach work and giving back to the community as part of your corporate social responsibility agenda. We encourage students from under-represented backgrounds to apply, as approximately 60% of students at City are from with a widening participation background.

Widening participation students include the following:

  • Students from families where there is no previous history of higher education
  • Under-represented groups
  • Students from low income backgrounds or low participation neighbourhoods
  • Looked after children or Care Leavers
  • Disabled students.

What insurance do I need?

You must have Employer’s Liability Insurance to participate in the scheme. Employer’s Liability Insurance is a legal requirement for any organisations employing more than five employees.

What if I want the student for longer than five weeks?

At City, we also have access to the Santander Internship Scheme for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which could be an option worth exploring for offering paid internships if you would like to keep the student for longer.

How do I confirm my involvement?

If you believe you have a suitable project for this coming round of micro-placements, or if you have any questions that are not answered above, please contact us at micro-placements@city.ac.uk.

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