Could your company provide a work placement for a young disabled person? Here we've answered your frequently asked questions. If you'd like more information or would like to host a young person, please get in touch with our work placement team on 0800 151 3350 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I have any relevant information about the young person before the placement starts?
You will receive a written introduction about the young person and their career goals as well as any relevant medical information and emergency contact details. You will also have a pre-placement evaluation which highlights the young person strengths and areas for improvement.
Will staff have to tend to the disabled person’s needs like feeding and toileting?
Staff will never be expected to do any personal care tasks. If a disabled person requires any help with care needs, Whizz-Kidz will provide a Personal Assistant for the duration of their placement. This will be organized in advance of the placement.
Will our staff have to be DBS checked?
Staff will not have to be checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service before hosting a placement. We will however advise your staff how to work to best practice within child protection policies.
Will the young person know anything about our organisation before they arrive?
They will receive a briefing pack and, where possible, a staff handbook. We encourage that an induction is given on the first day to introduce the young person to the organisation and answer any specific questions that they may have. We also encourage that the Ambassador takes time to research the organisation prior to their placement.
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. Contact the Work placement officer in the first instance.
I’ve never worked with a wheelchair user before, how I ensure that I best support a Whizz-Kidz work placement?
Once a young person is matched to the placement, a face to face meeting is arranged. This will give the Work Placement Officer, the applicant and your staff the chance to meet and discuss the role, identify any support needs and any areas of concern. Whizz-Kidz will ensure that any support needs are met by a care agency. Further, training can be provided by the Work Placement Officer to give your staff more of an insight into Whizz-Kidz and how the young person can be supported.
Will I be expected to evaluate the work placement?
Whizz-Kidz will conduct an exit interview by telephone with you at the end of the placement. It would be great to receive your feedback and comments so we can continually improve the work placements and provide valuable feedback to our Ambassadors.
Do we have to provide any uniform?
Giving our young Ambassador a uniform helps to integrate them into the organisation. If you do not have a company uniform, then guidance about your organisations dress code will be necessary.
Do we have to provide a lunch?
The young person will bring in a packed lunch or money for lunch. If your business uses a Cardinal Card system then please provide a card to the young person.
Are these placements paid?
Work placements are generally unpaid. Should you wish to offer the young person wages/ pay then this is entirely at your discretion.
Is it expected that we will offer a job at the end of the placement?
Many of our Ambassadors have impressed their host organisation and have been offered paid positions. We are always delighted when this occurs; however, we never expect that this is an inevitable result of work experience.
What is the length of a work placement?
Between three to ten days. This can be consecutive days or spread over a number of weeks.
Will Whizz-Kidz insurance cover the young person whilst on work placement?
Whizz-Kidz have Public Liability cover in place in respect of possible claims of property damage or bodily injury caused to a third party by negligence on the part of Whizz-Kidz. However, we would expect that the work experience student would be under the care and supervision of the ‘employer’ whilst they are there and therefore any incidents would usually fall to the employers own cover as they are responsible for the student at the time. Work placement posts are generally included under employers liability cover as standard.
Can I host a young person?
We welcome businesses and organisations who can host young people at both national and local level. Whizz-Kidz support work placements in England and Wales. If you are unsure as to whether you can host please ring us on 0800 151 3350 or by emailing email@example.com.