Placement Advisors for Tourism & Hospitality (PATH) works with universities/colleges and employers to promote, support and develop high quality work placements within tourism, hospitality and related industries. PATH operates for the benefit of students in higher and further education in the UK and seeks to provide advice and support to educators and employers who wish to provide work placement opportunities in their organisations.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
The aim of PATH is to promote and support high quality work placements in hospitality, tourism and related industries.
- Promote high quality work placement for tourism, hospitality and related industries by encouraging the adoption of quality standards as represented in the PATH Good Practice Guidelines.
- Promote and disseminate good practice in learning, teaching and assessment and in curriculum development supporting work placement and graduate employability.
- Promote and disseminate research and scholarship which informs and enhances curriculum development and approaches to learning, teaching and assessment in work-based learning.
- Promote and disseminate research and scholarship which informs work placement practices in tourism and hospitality organisations.
- Promote effective and beneficial links between industry and education.
ACTIVITIES IN SUPPORT OF PATH’S AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
PATH holds an annual conference in June each year. The conference brings together educators and employers from the UK and abroad and provides a fantastic networking forum as well as an opportunity for discussing good practice in work placement.
Past conference themes have addressed topical issues such as:
- 'Profitable Partnerships: adding value through quality work placements' (Oxford 2006);
- 'International Issues in Work Experience: A Key Focus for Hospitality and Tourism' (Liverpool 2007);
- '2020 Vision: tourism and hospitality work placements fit for the 21st century?' (Dublin 2008)
- 'Investing in talent for a positive future: the role of hospitality & tourism work placements' (Edinburgh 2009)
- 'Adding real value to businesses: hospitality & tourism work placements' (London 2010)
Good Practice Guidelines for Work Placement
PATH has produced a useful set of Guidelines for the operation of work placements. Work placement requires a strong commitment from the three key partners: the student, the employer and the educator. This leaflet which is freely available on the CHME website summarises what each of the partners needs to think about if they are to operate a successful work placement scheme. This guidance is based on the views of educators and employers with many years of experience in operating work placement, and on the feedback of students who have participated in work placement as part of their course. Click here to access the Good Practice Guidelines. To get a copy of the PATH Good Practice Leaflet, click here.
Other resources and training
A key objective of PATH is develop a series of useful practical resources and training courses to help different parties enhance the quality of work placements. Information about these resources and training courses will be publicised on the CHME website as they become available. Click here for PATH Resources.
Keep up to date with PATH
We also have a Twitter account http://twitter.com/#!/PATHPLACE