STUDENTS & TEACHERS
Are you a student searching for on-the-job experience? Or a proactive educator facilitating placements? Sign up to Pledge a Placement and we will match you with the right opportunities.
Why try a placement?
Get connected with professionals in the industry and widen your network
Get real-life industry experience that will set you up for future roles
Expand your resume
Beef up your CV with your new skills and referees
With real-life experience in the bag, it’s time to seek out permanent positions
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have a question that isn’t answered below, get in touch with us at [email protected]
There’s no such thing as a ‘typical’ placement! Every placement is individually tailored to fit the specific needs of both business and student; meeting availability and requirement timeframes, ensuring tasks and capabilities are compatible, and enabling upskilling opportunities are available, to meet pre-set learning objectives. Most importantly, matching personalities and mentors, to ensure success. After touching base with employers and placement seekers, the Go with Tourism team use their expert matchmaking skills to find the right role for the right person and do their best to align personalities and skillsets, with business values and suitable operations. Open communication between both parties is highly encouraged, to make sure expectations are clear from the outset. Once everyone’s on the same page and the induction paperwork has been completed, the placements (and the fun!) can begin!
Placement dates will need to work for both the employer and student. This should be discussed and agreed upon when both parties are connected.
Placements can last as long as both parties want them to; which should be agreed upon before the first day. However, we don’t advocate extended periods of unpaid employment and usually recommend a placement lasting anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Placement days don’t have to run consecutively, though; you might decide on a weekend-only schedule, across an entire month, or weekdays during term breaks etc. Any option is fine, as long as it works for both parties.
Nothing! Our placement service is completely free of charge and our regional coordinators will be available both before, during and after the placement to answer any questions or provide any support needed.
Some education providers may require evidence of the placement to be provided and signed, along with a short feedback summary of how the placement went, in order to grant students a ‘pass’ for their practical learning. If this is the case, it is the students’ responsibility to inform both the employer and education provider, prior to the placement being confirmed, in order to ensure that all requirements (learning objectives, total hours, etc.) will be met and that all parties are aware of their role.
Placements are unpaid work experience and you should not expect any remuneration for your time. It’s best to view the increased professional network and range of hard and soft skills that you’ll gain as your reward. You might even get the chance to return as a paid employee in future, if you make a great impression!
Students are expected to organise their own travel to and from their placement. This may be by foot, bike, bus or car – but make sure you are well prepared and know your travel route and times, before you start. You might even like to practice your journey, to make sure you’ll arrive on time on your first day. Some employers may be able to offer advice on company transport or car shares, so make sure to ask when you first discuss the placement.
Whether you get a reference depends on whether you ask for one! Most employers will be happy to provide a written recommendation, as long as they are satisfied with your performance, throughout the placement. Make sure to ask your manager about references, before your last day, to give them time to prepare one.
We recommend chatting with the regional coordinator for your area on how we can best help you and your students. You can find them by visiting our "About Us" section: gowithtourism.co.nz/our-team