The aim of this project is to conduct a timely study identifying the core issues underpinning the paid/ unpaid student work opportunities debate.
The study will explore the drivers, motivations and experiences of employers in the context of both paid and unpaid placements / internships. It will collect data from a wide range of companies, from large multi-nationals to small to medium enterprises, from profit-making organisations to third sector employers. The study will then explore student outcomes from different placement and internship models – both paid and unpaid.
The sample will be drawn from employers and students through involvement with the Scottish Funding Council’s Learning to Work projects: in particular e-Placement Scotland (Edinburgh Napier University with e-skills UK and Scotland IS) and Third Sector Internship Scotland (Queen Margaret University and the Open University) but with input from other project teams. These projects are designed to provide access to placements for all students studying in Scotland.
We have published the following papers:
Smith, C., Smith, S., Irving, C. 2013 Can pay? Should pay? A comparison of outcomes for paid and unpaid work opportunities for employers and students, HEA STEM: Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2013: Where practice and pedagogy meet, Birmingham
Smith, S., Caddell, M., Irving, C., Mcilwhan, R., Smith, C. 2013 Can pay, should pay? Exploring perceptions of paid and unpaid work opportunities from employer and student perspectives, International Enhancement Themes Conference, Glasgow
We have disseminated at the following events:
HEA Innovation Event, February 2013, Edinburgh. Presentation: Can pay, should pay? Exploring placement outcomes for employers and students
QAA Work-Based Learning Forum, March 2013, Glasgow. Presentation: Can pay, should pay? Exploring placement outcomes for employers and students
Smith, S. & Smith, C. 2013 Building Employer Partnerships: a regional placement perspective, HEA Annual Conference (to be published)
Enhancing Employability through Placements in Higher Education Conference, July 2013, University of Huddersfield. Presentation: Placements: Encouraging the discouraged
Smith, S., Smith, C., Caddell, M. (2015). Can pay, should pay? Exploring employer and student perceptions of paid and unpaid placements. Active learning in Higher Education, , (), .
Smith, C., Smith, S., Irving, C. (2013, April). Can Pay, Should Pay? Comparing employer and student outcomes of paid and unpaid work opportunities. Paper presented at HEA STEM Conference, Birmingham, UK.
Smith, C., Smith, S., Irving, C. (2013). Can pay, should pay? Comparing employer and student outcomes of paid and unpaid work opportunities. In: (Ed.) Proceedings of the HEA STEM Learning and Teaching Conference, , (November 2013) ( ed.). (pp. 114-119). : . .See all publications