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Work Experience

 Work experience is extremely useful when applying for further education, apprenticeships or employment.

We give our Year 12 students a one week block to attend a placement of their choice to gain the relevant experience for their future career choice.

This year our Year 12 students will attend their placement from Monday 15th-Friday 19th July 2019.

To ensure that all of the placements are in accordance with the DfE Standards for Work Experience and that they meet all of the Health and Safety Guidelines which keep our pupils safe, we will be working with BEP, London's largest work experience provider, to facilitate the placements.

What do students need to do?

1. Attend the Work Experience Information Evening on Monday 8th October at 6.30pm.

2. Pick up a copy of the 'Own Placement Form' and begin to approach employers to find a suitable placement. Hints and tips on how to do this can be found below (see 'Securing your own work experience placement')

3. Hand in the completed form (NB: It MUST be signed by the employer) no later than Wednesday 31st January 2019. Forms should be handed into Mrs Haberlin in the ISC.

4. If students fail to secure their own placement, they will be allocated a password for the BEP website. They will be able to access a 'bank' of pre-approved work placements which they must select from. Access is available from 18th March, and all placements must be selected and submitted by 23rd April 2019. NB: Most placements in the pre-approved bank will be in general administration or retail, so it is beneficial for pupils to source their own placement to ensure it meets their career aims.

5. When placements are allocated, students will be given a parental consent form which must be signed and returned to the school. Students must also contact the employer IMMEDIATELY to confirm that they will be attending the placement. NB: Failure to contact the employer may result in a lost placement.

What do parents need to do?

1. Attend the Work Experience Information Evening on Monday 8th October at 6.30pm.

2. Ensure payment of £40.00 is made via your daughters' ScoPay account by Monday 5th November. Please contact the Finance Office for any queries.

3. Assist your daughter to find a suitable placement that will enhance her future skills and prospects.

  • Use any contacts that you have to give her a head-start. We find that the best placements are often found when the student or parent knows someone within an organisation.
  • Help your daughter to contact employers by letter, e-mail and telephone by finding contacts and checking communications, but please ensure that your daughter makes the contact with the employer herself rather than you doing it on her behalf. Employers prefer this and it is an important skill for the girls to develop.
  • Ensure your daughter follows up any contact that she makes with telephone calls. Employers are busy people and do not always respond to e-mails or letters from students first, second or even third time. A follow-up telephone call direct to the organisation can often result in a quicker response.

4. Ensure that the Own Placement Form is fully completed and signed. The employer must provide a copy of their Liability Insurance which should be attached to the sheet. If a copy of the insurance is not available, then the details of the policy must be completed on the form in full. The form must also be signed by the employer and signed by parents to acknowledge that the placement has been agreed. Failure to complete any part of the form or if the employer does not hold liability insurance will mean that the placement cannot be processed and the placement will not go ahead.

5. Ensure that your daughter hands in the Own Placement Form to Mrs Haberlin in the ISC by Thursday 31st January 2019. Regrettably, forms handed in after this deadline may not be accepted.

Copies of the letter outlining payment information for Work Experience and the information handed out at the Information Evening (including a copy of the Own Placement Form) are attached here:

Help and advice for students

Securing your own work experience placement

Work experience is a great opportunity to try out different jobs and different types of workplaces to get an idea of what you might like to do when you finish education. Most employers are eager to help young people get a foot on the ladder.   

Where to start?

Start by thinking about what your interests are and what you think you might be good at. For example, if you love sport, you might want to see what it’s like to work in a gym or with a sports physiotherapist. If you know you want to be helping people you might want to try out a caring profession like healthcare or working with the elderly.

It’s a good idea to brainstorm lots of ideas first. You can do this with friends or family. Get everything down on paper to start.

Check out who does what you’re interested in.

If you’re really not sure how your interests match up with different jobs, use ‘Careers Web’, our Online Careers Resource Centre. It has got lots of profiles on different jobs. These will help you define what it is you’re keen to explore. You could also book an appointment to see our careers advisor, Julie Kee, who is in school every Tuesday in the Careers Library. E-mail or see Mrs Clohosy or Mrs Haberlin in the ISC if you wish to make an appointment.

Who’s around?

Once you know you’re interested in a particular type of work, you need to see who does this in your area. You can search Google or look in the yellow pages.  Once you find a suitable company, it’s always worth checking to see if they have a website so you can learn more about the company before approaching them. The website might provide details of who to contact about work experience or provide the name of the HR Manager if they have one. That’s a good person to target.

Also, talk to your classmates, family and friends and ask around. That’s called networking and it’s a really good way of finding out what’s out there. Someone may be able to introduce you to someone who can provide a placement.

Don’t assume that the big companies won’t have you. Many are willing to offer work placements if you send a polite, well-written letter.

Next steps

Once you’ve identified a few ideas, done your research and have a contact, draft a letter and/or e-mail that explains who you are, what you’re interested in and why you’re asking for work experience. Tell them the dates that you are looking for. Hopefully they will respond, but if you don’t hear anything after two weeks, you can follow up with a phone call to check that your letter or e-mail was received and see if they were able to offer you a placement. You must follow up yourself - do not assume that they will contact you. Companies, especially large ones, are very busy and people may often forget to reply but may still be able to offer you something. Be proactive!

If they do, let school know immediately so we can start the process of confirming and checking the placement. They may want to interview you, so let the school know about that, too.

Don’t be discouraged if they say no. Just keep trying new possibilities and keep the school posted on your progress.

Tips

Lots of employers tell us they really hate it when parents ring up and try to arrange placements for their children. While sometimes it’s difficult for students to use the phone during the working day, employers would so much prefer to hear from students themselves.

If you’re curious about a business but not sure you feel comfortable approaching them, why not go and have a look. You can always ask in person. If they can’t answer, ask for the name of the person they should write to. Be sure to look smart if you’re going to approach them directly.

Make sure you proof read your letter/e-mail – or get someone else to. Showing that you’re conscientious about spelling and punctuation is a good indication that you’ll be conscientious when you’re on a placement.

Timing

Male sure your placement is confirmed and returned to Mrs Haberlin by Thursday 31st January 2018.