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Work Placement Specialist

(suit agency recruiter or guidance professional)



Work Placement Supervisor

Reporting to:

Careers Officer 

Purpose of Position:

Due to internal progression within the team an excellent opportunity now exists for an agency recruiter or proactive guidance professional to join the Career Development & Employability Team within NCI.

Are you an agency recruiter seeking a move to the education sector or a guidance professional comfortable with demanding targets keen to further develop your experience with a cohort of Springboard students? NCI is recruiting for a Work Placement Specialist who will have responsibility for securing relevant work placements for circa 150 students undertaking Springboard or other government funded courses in areas including data analytics, mobile technologies, sales, digital marketing, cloud computing. Strong networking skills preferred.

Working as part of the Career Development & Employability team your role will have two distinct elements.

You will
1) Pro-actively identify work placement opportunities for students (who are re-entering the workforce or upskilling), manage the recruitment process and develop strategic employer relationships
2) Design and deliver careers classes, provide expert advice (individually, in group sessions and via webinars) in relation to career development, employability and job applications. 

Key Relationships:

  •  Director of Student Services
  • Career and Opportunities Officer
  • Registrar
  • Students
  • Deans & Faculty
  • School Co-ordinators and administrators
  • External Clients 

 Key Responsibilities:

Module Development & Delivery: 

  • Designing, delivering and assessing a series of career management and development classes to students across a number of programmes.
  • Developing the module for online delivery.
  • Providing expert advice, information and support to students in relation to career development and employability.

Employer Activity:

  • Developing strategic relationships with prospective employers
  • Sourcing high quality work placement opportunities for all eligible students.
  • Proactively targeting and liaising with employers and involving them in the curriculum, campus visits, careers fairs, recruitment events, presentations, etc.
  • Managing the recruitment process from business development to student placement. This will range from initial contact, advertising opportunities, recommending students, sending CVs, arranging interviews, managing feedback and offers
  • Providing a programme of employer events for students e.g. careers fairs, networking opportunities, employer presentations.
  • Writing brochures, promoting the placement to employers using a variety of media and updating the website and social media outlets with new information.
  • Securing employer testimonials where appropriate.
  • Logging all employer contact on the appropriate system and producing weekly activity reports in relation to same.
  • Cross selling other courses and work placement programmes to employers.
  • Monitoring the suitability of placement opportunities; ensuring that employers are aware of their responsibilities to the student and of the student’s and the NCI’s responsibilities to them. 

Student Preparation: 

  • Proactively ensuring students engage with the work placement process and meet all relevant learning outcomes. This will involve attending workshops & employer events, submitting CVs & LinkedIn profiles, undertaking mock interviews, preparing a career action plan and applying for work placements.
  • Reviewing student CVs, LinkedIn profiles & job applications and recommending improvements.
  • Maintaining constant contact with students and actively encouraging activity in relation to work placement applications
  • Promoting placement opportunities to students in a range of media.
  • Advising students on their applications and on the requirements of them in undertaking a placement; providing a point of contact while the students are on placement and to provide feedback to employers following a placement.
  • Producing information leaflets and online tutorials for students relating to their job search.
  • Developing and maintaining initiatives at college wide and individual programmatic levels, to enhance the employability of students.
  • Providing assistance to students with special needs and devising tailored solutions for them.
  • Logging all student contact on the CRM database.

Networking & Market Awareness:

  • Researching, preparing, updating and editing career information and labour market intelligence materials.
  • Gathering and analysing market information, trends and competitor developments.
  • Attending relevant networking events.


  • Creating weekly activity reports detailing all key metrics.
  • Analysing data in relation to placement activity.


  • Contributing to events and careers service activities.
  • Such other activities as may be required to support the Student Services Department.

Key Attributes:

  •  Proven track record of meeting and exceeding targets within agency recruitment or experienced guidance professional with a track record of working successfully in a task driven and results focused environment
  • Passion for career development and recruitment.
  • Experienced in researching, preparing and delivering effective and engaging presentations.
  • The ability to work on multiple tasks simultaneously, operate flexibly and shift focus with changing priorities and demands.
  • Proven track record of pro-actively engaging all stakeholders to ensure monthly placement targets are achieved.
  • Genuine interest in and ability to engage in targeted business development.
  • Experienced in networking, building, developing and maintaining client / candidate/ student relationships.
  • Experience of and an understanding of the IT /Business recruitment market would be an advantage.
  • Excellent IT skills and a strong understanding of social media and experience of using it in recruitment.
  • Strong writing skills
  • A willingness to work flexibly to cover events and activities outside of usual working hours is essential.

Salary: Dependant on experience but in the range of €35,979 to €49,052
Annual Leave: 21 days per annum
Contract: 1 year, full-time, fixed-term.
Hours: Springboard and ICT Skills Conversion courses are generally part time evening courses – as a result the Careers classes will be timetabled in the evenings (5pm-6pm).
This will involve working 10am-6pm, 2 – 3 days a week during term times.

The successful applicant will be subject to Garda Vetting and must not have any convictions under the Sex Offenders Act 2001.

Application Process:
Applications for this vacancy need to be submitted before Friday the 30th January 2015. Applicants are requested to email their cover letter and CV to recruitment@ncirl.ie

Note: The functions and responsibilities assigned to the Work Placement Advisor are based on the current stated role and objectives of the College. These functions and responsibilities may alter in line with any change in the role and objectives of the NCI.

National College of Ireland is an equal opportunities employer


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