Sample Organization Placement Report
The word Count is 4500 words.
The chosen organisation is Enhance Able. Location: Geneva road Kingston for more details please visit their website (https://www.enhanceable.org/services/daytime-services/)
A, Introduction: (300 words)
Name of the organisation? Enhance Able
What is this organisation about? Nature of the organisation? More details in the website
Where is this organisation? Geneva road Kingston
Why you choose this organisation? More details are in their website about their CDNOS linked activities. (CDNOS values will be attached in a different pdf document)
How many days?25 days (25 days due to the current situation) Minimum 30 days.
Summary of the report?
A short section outlining the background to the placement, e.g. the potential value of such activities (as part of an undergraduate degree) as well as where and when you undertook the placement. The introduction should include a summary of the main sections in the report.
B, Aim of the report: (300 words)
- don’t confuse with the aim of the placement
- Relate to the module aims and learning outcomes
- These should be based upon the aims and learning outcomes for the module and your own identified aims.
- [10%, for a & b together]
This module is designed to enable you to undertake a work placement in an organisational setting of your choice and to utilise this experience to develop and reflect on:
More particularly, the module aims to enable you to:
- Extend and evaluate your understanding of your chosen field of academic study
- Develop your job-search skills
- Apply your research skills by conducting a small-scale organisational study
- Review your understanding of the research process
- Broaden your awareness of work culture, organisational processes and policies, social issues and the occupational standards for community development work.
- Identify the generic/transferable skills (in relation to NOS) you would like to develop/improve
- Extend and assess your competence in these skills
- Reflect on how these skills are appropriate to community development work and careers of interest to you
- Review your personal development/training needs
- Enhance your analytic and presentational skills through producing an extensive report written to a specific brief.
The main outcome of the unit is that you will produce an evidence-based account of a self-managed work experience.
More specifically, you will produce a work placement report, which should demonstrate that you have:
- Developed an understanding of the relevance of your academic studies to a particular work-place/organisation or social issue (LO1)
- A practical awareness of job-search strategies (LO2)
- Undertaken a small-scale organisational study and produced a reflective log/diary (LO3)
- Reviewed your utilisation of various methods of data collection (LO4)
- Produced an analytical account of the organisational context, structure, policies and processes (LO5)
- Identified generic/transferable skills (NOS) you would like to develop/improve and assessed your competence in these skills (LO6)
- Reflected on your future career choices (LO7)
The report is account to narrate an experience of 25 days placement.
Evidence Base: (Methods) 400 words
- Primary research: talking through the member of staff.
- Secondary research: data find from the article, website
- Or a combination – as a basis for your evidence
Also indicate why such methods
- How do they inform your understanding
- Illustrated by theoretical underpinnings
For more details please download the lecture slides.
Your work placement is a type of organisational research/case study. In this section you should describe the methods you used to collect information for your report, in particular:
- Secondary research/sources. This will include information obtained from the organisation itself as well as any other sources such as job/careers centres, internet, libraries, media (newspapers), professional and/or representative organisations, research centres, statutory bodies.
- Primary research. This will include any direct data collection by means of e.g. interviews or questionnaire as well as your on-going participation (involving naturally occurring conversations, everyday observation, critical incidents, etc) often recorded in your log. Respect the confidentiality of the people you write about and be alert to ethical issues.
Look back at your research methods texts for ideas.
Finding Work: (500 words)
This section will depend upon whether you specifically carried out a job search for the placement or were more ‘opportunistic’ e.g. basing the placement on where you have been working for some time. It should therefore be EITHER:
- an account of your own job search and your experience of the process of recruitment and selection to the job, OR
an analysis of the availability of jobs such as yours, typical methods of recruitment and any trends/changes taking place.
- Did you attend the preparatory sessions and help offered by our placement co-ordinator?
- Where to look for and what to look for
- Identifying jobs as per your interest, availability and appropriateness
- You may have a job already; show how one can find such a job
I could have approach to different organisation, but i choose this organisation because…..
I am Particularly keen on this organisation…
- Approaching employer, CV, follow up phone call
- Finding out as much as possible about the org
- Presenting yourself as worthy for employer
- Approval for the University / a visit has been made.
The Organisation (800 words)
This section could provide an account of the aims (or mission – perhaps with a brief history), the context within which it operates, and the overall structure of the organisation. Use appendices for more detailed descriptions.
The context for a statutory/voluntary organisation may relate to social and demographic factors, users and their needs as well as to welfare/government policy. In a community based organisation consider whether the organisation embraces and develops National Occupational Standards (NOS).
This section could also include some consideration of the type of management (e.g. style or culture) as evidenced in e.g. planning/decision-making, work organisation/co-ordination, motivation or control. You might think about equality and diversity practices in the organisation.
Think about the relationship of your organisation and its work to social issues you have studied on your course.
- Structure (size, relationship, accountability)
- Culture (Vision, ethos, diversity, CD values)
This organisation where they took positive attitude, because they took people from disability people and so on…..
- Background of the organisation
- Social and demographic factors
- If part of a bigger org, focus on the branch
This organisation help the need for the local community…..
- Organisation’s relationship with relevant social context
- g. homelessness, unemployment, social exclusion
- Your analysis underpinned by your CD knowledge
This organisation help with socially excluded people….. at he end you have to undelined the CDNOS values as well.
Work Role & Skills Review
This is a reflective account of the duties and responsibilities of your work (job, role). As well as providing a ‘job description’, you should also describe any induction, training or appraisal that you received. Following on from the job description you should identify the range of tasks/activities you undertook and the range of skills, which these required. You need to demonstrate the application and appreciation of NOS for CDW. Consideration should be given to what skills you had before entering the organisation, what skills you obtained either on-the-job or through training, whether these skills could be developed further and whether there are other skills relevant to this, or related, work.
Work Role – reflective account of responsibility
- More than your job description, generic/specific
- Relate each brief with CD values and principles
- Relate your role to the NOS
I volunteer as a Activity support worker. I have taken the disability clients into gym….
- Not just listing, but considering critically
- Identify areas for improvement as per your long-term goals
Based upon the previous sections, the report should then focus upon one main aspect of the work placement, providing an account of how your experience may be related to the broader discussion/debates. You might choose to focus on, for example, the social policy context; social issues associated with your work; changes in the organisation or management of work; the changing skills agenda; funding issues. This section might provide a theme to be developed in your Project module.
An aspect of your placement that stands out
An analysis of it – in a wider context
A theme could be
- An aspect of management / staffing / changes
- An aspect of policy context – universal credit, funding
- Social issues – Homelessness, isolation, FGM
Theme example: Social inclusion
An overall assessment of the nature of the learning experience. Some consideration of future opportunities in this or related work and the implications for your career choice and future personal, as well as professional, development.
An assessment – against your objectives
What it means for your future
Any Action Plan?
Other sections as may be required
Things to final check-up:
- Have you addressed all sections adequately?
- Demonstrated a good understanding of your placement?
- Evidence of applying Standards for CD
- Demonstrated an awareness of CD values
- Evidence of research and reading?
- Coherence across the sections?
- Referencing, presentation, appropriate appendices
You will be directed to further literature as per the nature of your placement. However you may find the following literature useful regardless the nature of your placement:
Harris, V (ed.)(2009) Community Work Skills Manual, Sheffield:Federation for Community Development Learning(FCDL)
Meade, R., Shaw, M. and Banks, S (2016) Politics, Power and Community Development, Policy Press
Craig, G. et al (2011) The Community Development Reader: History, themes and issues, Policy Press
Craig et al. (eds) (2008) Social Justice and Public policy: Seeking fairness in diverse societies, Policy Press
Hawtin, M. et al (1994) Community Profiling, Buckingham: Open University Press
Ledwith, M (2005) Community Development: A critical Approach, Bristol: Policy Press
Handy, C. (1993) Understanding Organisation (Fourth Edition) Penguin
Popple, K. (1995) Analysing Community Work: Its Theory and Practice, Buckingham: Open University Press
Butcher, H. et al. (Eds) (1993) Community and Public Policy, London: Pluto Press
Cookle, I. and Shaw (1997) Radical Community Work: Perspective from Practice, Edinburgh: Moray House
Eade, D. (1997) Capacity Building: An approach to people-centred development, Oxford: Oxfam
Freire, P. (1996) The Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Hermondsworth/: Penguin
Hogget, P. (ed.) (1997) Contested Communities: Experiences, Struggles, and Policies, Bristol: Policy Press
Skinner, S (1997) Building Community Strengths: A Source Book on Capacity Building, London: Community Development Foundation
Twelvetrees,A.(2002) Community Work, London: Palgrave/Community Development Association
The Endorsement and Quality Standards Board for Community Development Learning (ESB)
Infed (Informal Education): http://infed.org
Local Authority websites (usually have ward based data)
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