The college has been running the Work Experience programme for a great many years and we think it is a very important aspect of college life. It provides students with an insight to the world of work, drawing on their skills to be able to participate fully in working life. It has a positive impact on their self-confidence and they return to school from the experience well motivated. In the past, part time positions have been offered as well as apprenticeship and internships following work experience.
Work experience 2020 will take place on 29th June -3rd July and 6th -10th July.
Students are encouraged to be proactive about finding their own placements. This shows initiative on their part, but of course parental support is always welcome. You may have contacts at your place of work or friends or relatives who could facilitate a placement as a starting point. Mrs Cook (work experience coordinator) has a list of past employers should a student be struggling to find a placement.
A two week placement is recommended as the student can really get to grips with the tasks set but we do understand this is not always the possible so two separate weeks is perfectly acceptable.
We would like to thank you for your commitment in finding and securing a work experience placement for your son/ daughter.
Once a placement has been secured, please complete the SOP form (on the right hand side of this page) and return to Mrs Cook. These forms will then be sent to Form The Future who will carry out the Health and Safety checks on the placement. You may recall from our presentation evening that Form The Future make a charge for this service so we are therefore asking for a contribution of £15 to offset the costs incurred for these checks.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Cook, firstname.lastname@example.org 01223 340334.
Where to start?
Start by thinking about what your interests are and what you think you might be good at.
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, some of the following websites can help.
National Careers Service: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advice/planning/jobfamily/Pages/default.aspx
These can be helpful they’ve got lots of profiles on different jobs. These will help you define what it is you’re keen to explore.
- 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 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 or e-mail.
- Draft a letter/e-mail that explains who you are, what you’re interested in and why you’re asking for work experience. Tell them the dates you’re available. 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 was received and see if they were able to offer you a placement.
- Don’t be discouraged if they say no. Just keep trying new possibilities and keep the school posted on your progress.
- Lots of employers tell us they really hate it when parents ring up and try to arrange placements for their children. Tempting as it is, parents should not try to fix this. Employers much prefer to hear directly 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 you should contact. Be sure to look smart if you’re going to approach them directly. Employers are more likely to say yes if you go in person. Think about how you can “sell yourself” why you are interested in a placement there. Employers will be looking for genuine interest, curiosity and a willingness to learn.
- Make sure you proofread 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.