Virtual Placement During the Coronavirus Pandemic

On this project they provided a virtual two-month placement to a university graduate. The participant spent August and September 2020 supporting the Community and Skills team, gaining experience on how a responsible business works in practice.

Due to coronavirus restrictions they had to identify a new way to continue working with young people. Therefore, altering some of their programmes to adopt was crucial in continuing supporting students and young people.

During the two month programme, the participant had the opportunity to attend a number of meetings with the sustainability team, have 1-2-1 talks with lots of people from a variety of roles within the business and work on two major tasks. The contractor also arranged for a site tour for the graduate. ​​The programme provided a comprehensive insight into the operations of the sustainability and community team and also that of the contractor. The virtual placement was an opportunity for the contractor to trial a new method of engagement and its success led to offering more virtual placements in 2021.

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