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Jordan Gaines

Job Title:

Work Placement Officer


Work Based Learning/Apprenticeships

How long have you worked here?

I have worked within the WBL department for a year, having spent just under three years with Student Services previously.

What does your job involve?

The main duty of my job is to find work placement opportunities for the students at college. I focus on the trade areas of brickwork, carpentry & joinery, painting & decorating, plastering and wall & floor tiling. I am also involved with general construction operations and roofing.

I am also tasked with sourcing apprenticeship opportunities, with a good number of these resulting from work placements. All of the above involves interacting with students and employers, where I have to go out to meet them and carry out health and safety checks.

Other aspects of my job involve organising site visits for groups at college, managing apprenticeship vacancies on the National Apprenticeship Service website, helping maintain the department Twitter account and invigilating potential apprentices in testing sessions on a rota basis.

I am also involved in regularly attending careers events at schools and other locations, in which I promote the college and the fantastic things we offer.

What do you like best about your job?

A highlight of my job would definitely be getting out and about to speak to students and employers on a daily basis. The most satisfying aspect however, would be the result of a student gaining an apprenticeship after undertaking a work placement through college- that brings great job satisfaction.

Why do you like working at Leeds College of Building?

The major attraction to working at college is the people, that’s easy. I have met a lot of amazing people, some of whom I would consider a good friend to interact with outside of work.

Can you describe Leeds College of Building in 3 words?

  • Enjoyable
  • Intelligent
  • Changing
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