Here we've answered your frequently asked questions about work placements, but if you want more information or have more questions, please contact our Work Placements Team on 0800 151 3350 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does Whizz-Kidz find suitable work placements?
In some cases we already have links with companies, such as Tesco or Jardine Motors Group who may be able to offer a work placement to suit your needs. In other cases, our team will contact organisations because an ambassador is looking for a placement in that specific organisation or sector.
How do I apply for a work placement?
You'll need to sign up for Whizz-Kidz's services using our online application form.
This will let us know relevant medical information and emergency contact details as well as telling us more about why you want to apply for the role and your level of education.
Then Whizz-Kidz and the organisation will work together to select an Ambassador to take on the placement.
How are Health Care Assistants recruited?
Whizz-Kidz will provide a HCA for your placement if you need one. We use one agency which provides HCAs and nursing staff for all our activities. A risk assessment and role description is sent across to the coordinator of the agency, along with the dates and address of the placement. The agency will then allocate a worker and send across a profile of their skills, experience and certifications.
Will staff have to be DBS checked?
Staff will not have to be checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service (which has taken the place of the Criminal Record Bureau – also known as CRB checks) before hosting a placement. However, we will advise staff how to work to best practice within safeguarding policies.
What if a placement is unsuitable or inaccessible?
A pre-placement meeting and access audit is carried out by us before the start of the placement. If we feel that the placement, work place, building or Ambassador is unsuitable, we will give recommendations to everyone concerned. It is possible that Whizz-Kidz can decide not to set up a placement if there are any obvious hazards.
What can I do if a problem arises during the placement?
Whizz-Kidz staff will be available to support both the organisation and the young person throughout the placement. Regular telephone contact is provided throughout and everyone will be given Whizz-Kidz’s contact details before the start of the placement. Whizz-kidz has an emergency safeguarding number which can be contacted at any time should an emergency arise.
What happens if the Ambassador doesn’t wish to continue with a placement, is late or ill?
No one is obliged to continue with a work placement. At the start of your placement, we’ll give you a Young Person guide to Work Placements document. This will explain what you should do if you're late, unwell or have a similar problem.
How are work placements evaluated?
Whizz-Kidz will conduct an exit interview by telephone at the end of the placement, both the young person and the buddy will evaluate the placement.
Are these placements paid?
Work placements with Whizz-Kidz are unpaid.
How will success be celebrated?
We are very keen that successful work placements are celebrated. In the past we have arranged for MPs to visit participating organisations to speak with staff members and our Ambassadors about their experiences. We encourage and support organisations to promote the scheme in local, regional and trade press, staff newsletters and intranets, external websites, and reports concerning Corporate Social Responsibility programmes.
Where do work placements happen?
Placements happen all over the UK. We work with a range of organisations, we’ve already worked with Tesco, Accenture, National Express and Jardine amongst others. We’re always looking for new partnerships and most of the organisations we’ve worked with continue work with Whizz-Kidz and offer new placements.
The placements we offer are in all sorts of departments, sectors and businesses to give you the chance to develop your skills and interests, whatever they are and wherever you live!
How long will my placement last?
Placements last between three to ten days. This can be continuous or spread over a number of weeks.