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Emily Rutherford Case Study Micro Placement: Health and Safety 

Micro placement | University of Suffolk November 2021 to March 2022 

From November 2021, I worked in Health and Safety with Kim Ward, Health and Safety Manager, Tony Street and Vi Haynes to raise awareness of the refresher fair workshops through social media marketing and posters. We collaborated both on campus and remotely via Microsoft Teams. There was always the opportunity for flexible working, and the team were very engaging and helpful. The campaigns I covered were the importance and statistics on health and safety in the workplace, preventing drink spiking, promoting ergonomic office equipment, first aid, CPR, fire familiarisation, a health and safety themed escape room and the refreshers fair. I also created a survey with Vi for the event and took part in a fire extinguisher familiarisation session, also helping to set up and run workshops on first aid and CPR. 

The benefit of the Micro placement is that it gives you the skills and confidence needed for the first step in your career. The scheme builds on the skills you need to find a job as employers are at the centre of Micro-placement, so they focus on developing your skills. For example, I completed a self-awareness module in Future Me producing a reflective statement and poster. I finished these activities outside of placement hours as part of my Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR). The CV builder also helps to improve your CV. The Micro Placement gives you fantastic practical experience and a reference who can attest to your best skills. 

Overall, it was an exciting opportunity, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to gain professional work experience in an academic setting. You will be working alongside employees at the University of Suffolk, giving you the chance to learn first-hand from the department. 


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