The process and the purpose
Work experience is an opportunity for Year 10 and 12 students to get out into the local and wider community to learn, understand and appreciate how a workplace that is of interest to them operates successfully.
It is important pupils made a purposeful choice about their work experience. They should consider:
1) How the work placement will give them insight into a career them may be considering
2) How the work experience will stand them in good stead when making post-16 applications should they be considering certain apprenticeships or college courses
3) Daily transport to and from the work placement
Pupils have the opportunity to arrange their own work experience placement that works for them. We encourage students to leave their comfort zone. A placement should not be the most convenient, but it should be the most worthwhile for the individual.
A logbook will be provided for the work experience week to allow pupils to record their daily tasks and to research the fundamental operations of the work place.
Advice for Parents
To help arrange a truly worthwhile placement, organisation is highly important. A lot of workplaces will take a single student per week on a placement, so getting placed early is a key component to a successful placement that is of real value to our students.
Students can organise their own placements in preparation for the work experience weeks at the end of July. The most competitive placements that are filled early tend to be in hospitals, vets, lawyers and accountants.
We will post potential placements on a notice board in the HUB from February half term in Year 10 for those yet to organise their own work experience. There will be a selection of placements put up on the display board for those pupils not placed to apply for.
Should your son/daughter not be placed by Easter we will try to place them with unfilled vacancies.
An article which gives advice about finding your own work experience placement.
Explains why work experience is a vital step when entering the world of work and how you can find suitable placements.
which offers online support for young people aged 11-19 via text/email, a free phone telephone advice line, web chat and on their website.
Listed are just some of the various types of workplaces our pupils have visited in the most recent work experience week.