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Environmental impact reduction micro-placements: An opportunity to overcome business Management students’ reluctance to undertake a long-term work experience placement whilst stimulating environmental improvements in businesses?

Emblen-Perry, Kay ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8841-650X (2023) Environmental impact reduction micro-placements: An opportunity to overcome business Management students’ reluctance to undertake a long-term work experience placement whilst stimulating environmental improvements in businesses? In: Sustainability in Business Education, Research and Practices. World Sustainability Series (2). Springer, Cham, Switzerland. ISBN Hardcover: 978-3-031-55995-2 • Softcover: 978-3-031-55998-3 • eBook: 978-3-031-55996-9 (In Press)

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Abstract

Work placements are generally accepted as a valuable route into work experience, which provide personal, professional, and academic benefits to the placement student and resource benefits to the placement employer. These placements have traditionally been with larger organisations for 12 months; often termed ‘a year in industry’. However, this year in industry is now becoming less attractive for students and a challenge for employers.
In response, a micro-placement programme designed around environmental impact improvements within SMEs was established for business management students; the Student-led Consultancy Programme.
The environmental and SME foci were chosen as SMEs dominate the Business School’s regional economy, environmental management is a skills gap and employers expect environmental management skills in graduate recruits.
Micro-placements were designed to provide a less challenging route into work experience for students, and provide businesses with affordable, skilled resource to complete an environmental improvement project. Consequently, the Student-led Environmental Consultancy Programme contributes to the achievement of SDGs 4, 8, 9 and 13.
This paper presents an example of a student-led consultancy project and explores the benefits it gave the placement student and the placement employer. This paper will be of interest to educators and placement coordinators seeking to develop work experience opportunities in Higher Education.

Item Type: Book Section
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Book chapter based on a conference paper. See conference details:
https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/13019/

Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: Student-led consultancy, Micro-placement, Work experience, Sustainable development, Teaching strategies, Social responsibility, Businesses, Research, Innovation, Cooperation
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > Worcester Business School
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Copyright Info: © The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2024
Depositing User: Kay Emblen-Perry
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2023 09:30
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2024 15:49
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/12818

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