Placement under employment contract

You can choose to complete a paid work placement under an employment contract, for example, as a temporary employee, provided that the placement supports the learning aims of your work placement module.

If you are thinking about this option, talk to your employer and read the advice provided below. Work placements are usually completed during the academic year, but other arrangements are possible.

You cannot complete several placement modules as part of your paid employment, unless your workplace is able to offer different tasks that support the required learning objectives.

Diak does not compensate employers for placement supervision or other costs.

Placement as part of employment during the academic year

If you want to complete a placement as part of your employment during the academic year, make sure that you meet the following conditions:

  • You have a valid, written employment contract with the workplace in question.
  • Learning opportunities offered by the workplace correspond to the learning aims of the placement module in question.
  • You can complete the placement during the scheduled placement module.
  • The workplace will assign you a named supervisor who is suitably qualified (at least to vocational college diploma level) and can commit to supervise you during the placement.
  • You will also have a supervising teacher who is responsible for planning and supervision before and after your placement.
  • The named workplace supervisor will give you instructive guidance during the placement and a written assessment of how well you have received your learning aims upon conclusion of the placement.

A written agreement will be completed in advance, including the responsibilities of the student, the supervisor and the supervising teacher. Find the agreement on the forms page.

The agreement must be concluded by the end of the semester before the placement.

If you will complete a placement during the academic year, you must notify Kela about any changes that may affect your student financial aid.


Placement as part of employment outside the academic year

If you want to complete a placement as part of your employment outside the academic year, make sure that you meet the following conditions:

  • You have a valid, written employment contract with the workplace in question.
  • Learning opportunities offered by the workplace correspond to the learning aims of the placement module in question.
  • The workplace will assign you a named supervisor who is suitably qualified (at least to vocational college diploma level) and can commit to supervise you during the placement.
  • You will also have a supervising teacher who is responsible for planning and supervision before and after your placement.
  • The named workplace supervisor will give you instructive guidance during the placement and a written assessment of how well you have received your learning aims upon conclusion of the placement.

A placement plan will be drawn up in advance between the student, the module coordinator, the supervising teacher and the guidance counsellor. The plan will be entered in your personal study plan.

In addition, a written agreement will be concluded, including each party’s responsibilities. Find the agreement on the forms page.

In addition to the work tasks, you will be required to complete other assignments related to the work placement.