Work Experience

WORK EXPERIENCE WEEK 6th – 10th July 2020

 

It is widely known that the transition from school to work can be a difficult time for young people and that it is educationally desirable that students obtain a wide understanding of the World of Work. The Government recommends that all students should have a Work Experience placement during KS4. At the end of Year 10, each student is given the opportunity to experience a working environment. The aim of the work experience programme is to prepare the students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experience of adult working life and to offer the following benefits:

  • Development of personal skills and confidence such as: personal organisation; time-keeping; initiative; working with others and following instructions.
  • Insight into Career opportunities and the requirements of particular job sectors.
  • Development of knowledge of economic and industrial matters.
  • Insight into the disciplines and routines of the workplace.

We actively encourage our students to find their own placements. Help, advice and support is provided with this process. Often friends, family, neighbours or employers of parents/carers can be a great source of information. For those students who require further help, we maintain a spreadsheet of employers who have been happy to take on our students in previous years. This year we are working in Partnership with Work Experience Support Services. A portal where students can research possible placements. We will need your permission for your son/daughter to use this site.

https://www.workexperiencesupport.co.uk/login.cfm

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All placements are checked out for Health, Safety and relevant insurance coverage by the Work Experience Support Services who have worked with a number of other local schools for a number of years. Students will not be allowed to go on a placement until it has been approved, it is therefore essential that they start looking early, especially as some of the most popular ones fill up very quickly.

In the current economic climate, it is becoming increasingly difficult to secure places, and students may not be given their first or even second preference. We do appreciate any contacts that parents may have for their own child or another student.

Please could you return the Work Experience Documents and consent to the Reception so that the placement can be added to list of placements for Health and Safety checking.

Our students normally gain a great deal from their placement and for many it helps them decide a career path and even if this is not the case it gives everyone a taste of what the world of work entails. In recent years some of our students have even been offered Saturday jobs or been considered for an Apprenticeship by their work experience employer.

 

If you need any further help or advice please get in touch by telephone or email:-

careers@wilnecotehighschool.org.uk

Students may find it useful to use these websites as they may help in selection of a placement.

Start

https://login.startprofile.com

Success at School

https://successatschool.org