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European Sponsorship Association launches work experience programme

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European Sponsorship Association launches work experience programme

European Sponsorship Association launches work experience programme

The European Sponsorship Association (ESA) has announced that a new work experience certificate programme is now available for Irish members to use within their businesses.

The new programme aims to provide a simple-to-use framework for employers who recruit work experience candidates for periods of between one week and three months.

The ESA work experience certificate (WEC) has been developed in consultation with sponsorship practitioners and willfurther raise standards within the industry.

According to Karen Earl, chairman of ESA, it is essential to provide a consistent approach to work experience. “While most employers within the sponsorship industry take on candidates to complete a period of work experience, without any specific guidelines to follow, experiences can vary. Candidates may also find that their outcomes are different.

John Trainor, the Irish representative on the ESA board of directors said the initiative provides a practical programme that offers flexibility to both employers and work experience applicants. “It seeks to contribute to the availability of high-quality candidates within the sponsorship industry employment pool and enable prospective employers to more easily assess the calibre and experience of potential employees.

“In turn, prospective employees within the industry will benefit from an opportunity to gain from a structured work experience programme and recognised qualification to add to their CV”.

Trainor acknowledged that while some members have their own systems already in place, there was almost unanimous agreement that a structured work experience programme would significantly benefit both employers and prospective candidates.

The WEC programme is available in three categories linked to the duration of the work experience - bronze (one to two weeks), silver (two to four weeks) and gold (one to three months).

Each category offers a programme with both compulsory and voluntary modules, giving companies the ability to select the modules that best suit their business. The programme allows for feedback throughout the employment period.

On completion, the candidate will forward the paperwork to ESA who will authorise and award a certificate which can be used when applying for jobs. The candidate is required to cover a small administration fee.

The WEC scheme is exclusive to ESA members and all material is accessed via the members only section of the website.

 

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