Work Experience

We are now half way through our 2017 work experience process. All year 10 students had their interview with a member of Learning to Work on either Tuesday 6 June or Wednesday 7 June. This will help to narrow down a suitable placement for each student beyond their initial application forms.

Learning to Work will now begin the search for companies to take in students, working through their top three preferences of where they would like to spend their week.

Any students arranging their own placement will need to return the separate Own Placement Application Form to Miss Billingham (office D03) by the end of June.

Students will be told after the summer holidays where their confirmed placement will be, as well as details of what they will need to do to prepare for the week out.

All of year 10 will have sessions in school to get them ready for what to expect out in the world of work, as well as helping them to prepare their CV's.

Work Experience is offered for all year 11 students to take part in, for a one week in industry during the autumn term.

Students are giving the option of finding their own placements, or asking the school, along with 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 start in year 10 with application forms being sent home before interviews with Learning to Work to ensure the best placements can be allocated to students.

Work Experience week for 2017 will be held from Monday October 9 to Friday October 13.

An assembly for the current year 10 who will undertake work experience in year 11 will be held on Wednesday May 10. Staff from Learning to Work will be in to explain the process and the type of placements which will be on offer.

Placement application forms will also be given out on this day, which need to be returned to Miss Billingham as soon as possible in preparation for the interviews which will take place on Tuesday June 6 and Wednesday June 7. These interviews will help Learning to Work to fully determine which placement is best suited for the students.

For more information, please contact Miss Billingham at: or see her in her office, D03.