Work Experience


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What is work experience?

  • Work shadowing is an informal type of work experience where you observe someone in their role to understand how they do their job.
  • This is usually short term– aimed at providing an insight rather than hands on experience.

Why do we provide work experience?

Going into a particular work environment to find out a little more about the profession you are interested in.

  • Provide motivation for exams in the future
  • May cause a change in your career path
  • May help with applications to University (UCAS forms) / Jobs

The benefit of work experience

1. Raise pupils’ aspirations by

  • Broadening individuals’ horizons
    and increasing their knowledge and understanding of the available opportunities in employment.

2. Raise levels of motivation and achievement by:

  • Promoting the development and self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • Relating learning and curriculum content to future opportunities including the world of work.
  • Helping pupils to develop skills associated with success in education, training and employment.
  • Helping pupils to develop the skills and flexibility needed to manage changing career opportunities.
  • Challenging occupational stereotypes.
  • Explore options they may not have considered or had assumed would not be open to them.

When does it take place?

  • First week in February
  • This year 6-8th Feb 2017

What year group does it involve?

  • Yr 13 – the main focus on work experience
  • Yr14 – Generally placements for students who require experience for UCAS who have previously missed this in the past year
  • Yr12 – some opportunities but there is an age restriction on many companies

What are the steps undertaken to secure a work experience?

See Flow Diagram Attachment

  • Introductory form and details confirmed / Parental Consent forms signed (one combined form) – To be returned to form teacher (or Mr Laird)
  • Student phones placements (see list attached) Or school applies for specific areas (see attached sheet)
  • Confirmed place from employer – Before Halloween
  • Indemnity /insurance forms sent out by Halloween – Halloween
  • The vast majority will have placements confirmed and sorted by Halloween – Late January – Final briefing

The industries / organisations that help us provide this for our pupils?

The areas of careers used in the past include:

This only a guide and phone numbers and contact names will change through time
Below is a list of the general areas of work experienced in the past

Download Work Experience Positions