Learning and Teaching Conference 2021- What Happens when Placement Cant Happen?

The Disruption

Work placements were an essential element of profession-based provision significantly disrupted by the covid pandemic over the summer of 2020.  The cancellation of workplace experience created anxiety for many students and staff about students’ ability to develop practical skills development and employability. This was the case for students studying for Cardiff’s conservation degrees (School of History Archaeology and Religion). Training for a career in the heritage sector normally involves spending the summers gaining experience in historic cultural heritage building technical capability, cross cutting skills and networks. With the country in lockdown and our sector furloughed it was immediately apparent that traditional placements could not go ahead.

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