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    Quote Originally Posted by fiza View Post
    Interesting about the University placement students. Do you pay these students?
    Yes. They are both paid a £6000 bursary for the year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonThompson View Post
    Yes. They are both paid a £6000 bursary for the year.
    I take it they work full time (term time only). Are they doing some kind of computing courses at Uni and this placement is part of their course?
    I was thinking of getting someone under the Apprenticeship scheme but this placement idea sounds good too.

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    200:1 200 machines, all updates, all policy changes, all image builds, all image role outs, all server builds, all server configurations, email system, wireless system changes, backup system changes, firewall changes, plugging the speaker into the correct port, basically anything in the slightest bit technical ends up with me.

    Technical ability (or the lack of) from end users is hard to measure and can put even more pressure on IT support. The issues also play into effect as the lack of error messages reported or incorrect error messages reported by end users makes it even more difficult to sort the problem out unless you actually watch what they are doing when they recieve the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiza View Post
    I take it they work full time (term time only). Are they doing some kind of computing courses at Uni and this placement is part of their course?
    I was thinking of getting someone under the Apprenticeship scheme but this placement idea sounds good too.
    Yes. They are doing a 4 year Sandwich Degree course at University, with the third year being an industrial placement. They work for 48 weeks, and then we often pay them (at the technicians hourly rate) to keep them on in the summer when we do our refresh work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonThompson View Post
    Yes. They are doing a 4 year Sandwich Degree course at University, with the third year being an industrial placement. They work for 48 weeks, and then we often pay them (at the technicians hourly rate) to keep them on in the summer when we do our refresh work.
    Is the £6k Bursary set by the Uni or is it something the School are offering?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiza View Post
    Is the £6k Bursary set by the Uni or is it something the School are offering?
    The school. The University doen't set a wage, to them it's more about getting the students experiance. In fact alot of placements are unpaid. We found that to get a decent calibre of student, you needed to offer at least a semi-decent wage for the year.

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    I did a work placement as part of my sandwich course and found it a real challenge and learnt so much and set me up well for future work.

    I will say though please pay them minimum wage for the hours their doing or even a little extra. we speak so much on here about being taken for granted and we all need to live and make a living. Back in 09 the lowest paid placement was £9000 and even then a lot of students just skipped that offer and went else where.

    Just a thought and not meaning to judge or preach at anyone.

    TL: DR uni placements are a great idea, just pay them more then peanuts

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    Quote Originally Posted by TechieWils View Post
    I did a work placement as part of my sandwich course and found it a real challenge and learnt so much and set me up well for future work.

    I will say though please pay them minimum wage for the hours their doing or even a little extra. we speak so much on here about being taken for granted and we all need to live and make a living. Back in 09 the lowest paid placement was £9000 and even then a lot of students just skipped that offer and went else where.

    Just a thought and not meaning to judge or preach at anyone.

    TL: DR uni placements are a great idea, just pay them more then peanuts
    I agree placements are a very good idea. I did a placement in my third year (where I now work) and it helped me get my first job. I was paid for my placement, but at a lower rate than our current students (this was in 2006). I do agree that students need to be offered a decent wage, otherwise the quality students go elsewhere, and unfortunately the students that tend to apply are not of a very high standard. You just need to find the diamonds in the rough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darrenmcginnis View Post
    375 PCs / Laptops

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    Sounds pretty much exactly what I have here too - and I'm the only ICT support. I must be mental though as I wouldn't have it any other way... I like being in control of knowing when a job is done it's done to the best of my ability.

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