This academic year will see a change in how the work experience process is run in school.
In October, the year 11 students went out on work experience placement for the last time, with the year 10 students now becoming the year group which goes out for one week.
The year 10's will go out on placement in June, this summer term.
Students are given the option of finding their own placements, or asking the school, along with our partners Learning to Work which helps in finding placements, to allocate them an employer for the week.
All students are given the opportunity to be placed within a business that relates as closely as possible, if not exactly, within the field they wish to pursue a career in. This year we have seen our students spend time within aeronautical engineering, architectural firms, solicitors offices, the Home Office, law courts, the banking sector -including JP Morgan, hospitals and veterinary surgeries to name a few.
There is support given along the way to prepare the students before going out for their week in industry, from what to expect in a job interview, how to write the perfect CV, advice on what to wear to suit the industry they are working within, and skills to adapt to working with new people.
The work experience placement process will begin in January with an introductory assembly and application forms being handed out before interviews with Learning to Work to ensure the best placements can be allocated to students.
Stduents also have the opportunity to arrange their own work experience placement if they have a contact in their preferred industry. To do this, the application form must still be filled out, the own placement form completed and returned, and the interview with Learning to Work will still be carried out.
The work experience week for year 10 students will be Monday June 18 to Friday June 22.
For more information, please contact Miss Billingham at: firstname.lastname@example.org or see her in her office, D03.
Thursday 8 February - Application form deadline
Friday 23 February - Own Placement for deadline
Friday 23 February - ParentPay fee deadline
Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 February - Interviews with Learning to Work (times will be emailed to students)
Friday 15 June - Parental Consent Form to be returned