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1 UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, JAMAICA (UTech) UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, JAMAICA (UTech) Co-operative Education (Co-op Ed) Programme

2 “Partnering with industry to produce work-ready graduates”

3 CO-OP ED AT UTECH The mission of UTech’s Co-op Ed Programme is two–fold : Provide our students with practical and professional exposure that will allow them to develop work-related skills, realistic expectations, and high levels of professionalism and ethics among other things. Provide industry with student employees who are equipped with the necessary skills and competencies that will enhance their business’ position in a globally competitive environment.

4 SCHEME ROTATIONS UNDER CO-OP ED Internship Practicum Industrial Attachment Professional Work Experience Work Experience Externship Duration: 4 – 30 weeks

5 BENEFITS OF A CO-OP ED PROGRAMME FOR EMPLOYERS Ready and cost-effective access to short-term employees for special projects Ready access to highly motivated students with sought-after skills Increased staff diversity The opportunity to impact the quality and relevance of the School’s curricula The opportunity to screen students for fulltime employment

6 OPERATIONAL POLICIES ASSESSMENT & SUPERVISION   Students shall be supervised jointly by the employee-designate and the School’s Co-op Ed Co-ordinator.   The employee-designate will be required to assess student(s) periodically based on the agreed objectives and specific learning outcomes.

7 OPERATIONAL POLICIES BENEFIT PACKAGE We request that: a. a.an arrangement be made based on mutual agreement for a stipend to be paid to students OR b. special provisions be made for lunch, travel and accommodation where applicable or possible.

8 OPERATIONAL POLICIES DISCRIMINATION & SEXUAL HARASSMENT Our Co-op Ed employers are responsible for providing a safe non-discriminatory environment for our students. The University will terminate its relationship with any employer who is guilty of such practices.

9 OPERATIONAL POLICIES FAIR LABOUR Consideration should be given to: 40 hour work week Overtime work Lunch break Note: Any deviations must be mutually agreed upon before hand.

10 OPERATIONAL POLICIES JOB TRAINING The University expects that Co-op Ed students will receive quality on-the-job training, i.e., they will be placed in an environment that will: a. a. help them achieve the desired learning outcomes b. b. enhance those competencies necessary to function as managers.

11 OPERATIONAL POLICIES STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE AND INDEMNITY While on placement : students are covered by the University’s Sagicor Indemnity Plan. Additionally, there is Student Health Insurance provided by Sagicor Life Jamaica Limited. coverage remains in effect during the placement period.

12 OPERATIONAL POLICIES STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE AND INDEMNITY STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE AND INDEMNITY cont’d: Students who require long-term hospitalization or will be placed oversees are encouraged to acquire additional private insurance.

13 OPERATIONAL POLICIES STUDENT PERFORMANCE Co-op Ed students are expected to accept Co-op Ed positions with a seriousness of purpose and to perform their work accurately and responsibly. If the Co-op Ed student’s performance does not meet reasonable standards, the employer is not obligated to continue the student’s Co-op Ed experience.

14 OPERATIONAL POLICIES STUDENT PERFORMANCE cont’d In such a situation, the employer must inform the Co-op Ed student’s Co-ordinator or the Co-op Ed Unit immediately.

15 OPERATIONAL POLICIES STUDENTS ON NATIONAL DUTY OR REPRESENTING THE COUNTRY OR THE UNIVERSITY If during placement, students are called upon for national duty or to represent the University or country, such students should be permitted time off for participation. To this end, students should submit a written letter from the organizers of the event to their immediate work supervisor(s) and copy same to their School’s Co-op Ed Co-ordinator.

16 OPERATIONAL POLICIES STUDENT PLACEMENT AGREEMENT The employer, along with the student and the School’s Co-op Ed Co-ordinator will sign a placement agreement form. This document outlines the purpose, terms and responsibilities of all parties concerned.

17 OPERATIONAL POLICIES WITHDRAWAL a. a. A student may withdraw from placement only with the written permission of the Head of School upon the recommendation of the School’s Co-op Ed Co-ordinator. Withdrawal may be considered only for reasons of ill health or grave circumstances that were not foreseeable at the time of placement. In this instance, the University will write to inform the employer of the withdrawal and possible replacement of the student.

18 OPERATIONAL POLICIES WITHDRAWAL b) b) A student may be asked to withdraw from the Programme at the request of the institution to which he was assigned. In this case, the employer is expected to make telephone contact with the School’s Co-op Ed Co-ordinator in the first instance, followed by a formal letter outlining the nature of the request for withdrawal. Upon receipt of this letter, the Co-ordinator will respond to the employer within three working days, indicating the course of action.

19 EMPLOYERS’ RESPONSIBILITIES BEFORE PLACEMENT A supervisor must be identified to work alongside Co-op Ed students. The responsibilities of this person will include: providing mentorship monitoring students’ performance assigning and overseeing project assessing students

20 EMPLOYERS’ RESPONSIBILITIES BEFORE PLACEMENT Supervisor’s responsibilities cont’d providing information on the following (if applicable): housing, transportation, meals and/or stipend at least two weeks before students depart for the work place. meeting with students prior to or at the beginning of placement to discuss rules and regulations of the property and students’ work schedules.

21 EMPLOYERS’ RESPONSIBILITIES DURING PLACEMENT The supervisor is expected to: liaise with the School’s Co-op Ed Co-ordinator concerning students’ performance. compensate students in full or in part for unworked hours, should the work place not meet the agreed number of hours per week.

22 EMPLOYERS’ RESPONSIBILITIES DURING PLACEMENT Supervisor’s responsibilities cont’d   meet with students regularly to assess general deportment.   keep a daily log of the student’s attendance and punctuality.   evaluate the student using the evaluation forms supplied.

23 EMPLOYERS’ RESPONSIBILITIES DURING PLACEMENT Supervisor’s responsibilities cont’d   provide transportation for students if they work late hours or are scheduled for work before the local bus operates.   serve as learning resource for the student, as well as, a role model instilling positive values and attitudes.

24 EMPLOYERS’ RESPONSIBILITIES DURING PLACEMENT Supervisor’s responsibilities cont’d   create an open environment for the student to apply classroom knowledge to practical situations   report to the School’s Co-op Ed Co-ordinator any inappropriate behaviour or activity by a student during placement.

25 COLLEGE OF BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT School of Business Administration Mrs. Myrtle Weir Telephone: (876) Ext Fax: (876) Dr. Marlene Phillips (Administrative Management students only) Telephone: Ext. 2527; Fax: (876) SCHOOL CO-ORDINATORS

26 School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Mrs. Shiela Livingston - Lacey Telephone: (876) ; Fax: (876) ; Mrs. Rosemarie Ivey Telephone: (876) ; Fax: (876) Assisted by: Mr. Ashford Kerr Telephone: (876) ; Fax: (876)

27 FACULTY OF ENGINEERING & COMPUTING School of Engineering Mr. Oneil Josephs Telephone: Ext School of Computing and Information Technology Mrs. Caroline Parkes (until May 2012) Telephone: (876) Ext Assisted by: Mrs. Heather White Telephone: (876) Ext SCHOOL CO-ORDINATORS

28 FACULTY OF EDUCATION & LIBERAL STUDIES School of Technical and Vocational Education Miss Gelefer Bartley Telephone: Ext Mr. Courtney Palmer Telephone: EXT Department of Liberal Studies Mrs. Michelle Stewart-McKoy Telephone: (876) Ext

29 SCHOOL CO-ORDINATORS FACULTY OF THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT School of Building and Land Management Miss Stacey Palmer – Construction Engineering Telephone: (876) Ext Mr. Seymour Fisher – Quantity Surveying Telephone: (876) Ext Mrs. Nadine Freeman-Prince – Urban and Regional Planning Telephone: (876) Ext. 2338/

30 SCHOOL CO-ORDINATORS School of Building and Land Management cont’d Miss. Tina Beele - Land Economy and Valuation Surveying Telephone: (876) Ext. 2336/ Mr. Glendon Newsome - Surveying and Geographic Information Science Telephone: (876) Ext

31 SCHOOL CO-ORDINATORS FACULTY OF SCIENCE AND SPORT School of Natural and Applied Science Dr. Kenesha Wilson Telephone: (876) Ext

32 CONTACTING THE UNIVERSITY’S CO-OP ED UNIT The Co-op Ed Unit Telephone: Ext 3546/ Facsimile: Mrs. La-Cresha Gordon-Brydson – Co-op Ed Co-ordinator Miss Sandra Junor – Administrative Support

33 CONCLUDING REMARKS We are glad at that you have decided to partner with UTech in the training of the workforce. We trust that this will continue to be a mutually rewarding experience.


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