In addition to school based encounters with employers, pupils should have first-hand experience of the workplace. There is evidence that work experience give pupils a more realistic idea of the expectations and realities of the workplace
DfE Statutory Guidance October 2018
All Students in year 12 will take part in work experience.
Year 12 students on a level two programme will do one day’s work experience per week as part of their study programme; this placement will need to have relevance to the courses they are taking.
Year 12 students on a level three programme will undertake a 5-8 day work experience placement at the end of the academic year.
For the academic year 2019-2020 all students in year 10 will take part on a work-shadowing day, the date of which will be confirmed.
A useful and relevant work experience placement has many benefits, it can provide evidence when completing employment, apprenticeship and higher education applications. It can also give a valuable insight to the world of work and employer expectations in terms of skills and work ethics. Having the opportunity to explore potential career opportunities can inform better decision-making and career management.
All students are responsible for finding their own placement with support from family and the school. Gaining a good placement can take time and there are a number of students from other school in the area doing the same. With this in mind early planning and securing of a placement is advised.
For more information or advice about work experience/shadowing contact Ms Lamberton or Mrs Matthews.