Work Experience

5th – 16th November 2018

Work Experience. Do you understand what this is? If not, this page will hopefully give you a better understanding.

Work experience can contribute to an individual’s development by:

  • Increasing motivation to study.
  • Clarifying the relationship between the curriculum and the outside world.

We believe that the learning that takes place during this two week placement and the subsequent follow up work that is undertaken in school after the placement is invaluable to many pupils maturation not only as a person, but in terms of their general career thinking.


As a school we work with a partner organisation EBP South, who help organise and manage Work Experience placements for our students.

EBP south has a database of employers who are prepared to offer their time and services to facilitate our work experience needs. Over the next few weeks students will have the opportunity to discuss with their form tutor, their friends and of course parents/carers, which type of occupational area they would like to enter for their work experience.

At this stage we would like to emphasise that we talking about work experience and not a job trial.

Students will be able to use the system wherever internet access is available, this means that students will be able to search and apply for placements at home as well as in school. Parents/carers will also be able to track the progress of the student’s applications. Representatives from the EBP South will be in school on the 20th March 2018 as part of our curriculum enrichment to explain to students about their computer based database and booking process.


It is possible for students or their parents/carers to arrange for an “Own Placement”. This must be a 2 week placement with a company or organisation that you have approached yourselves. Otherwise an extra charge to the parents/carers of £36 will be made from EBP South as they will have to do another health and safety check.

The form would need to be completed by the employer, and yourselves. EBP South would then contact the organisation to discuss the aims and objectives of work experience, to check on the working environment ensuring that it was safe and suitable for young people undertaking work experience. They also need to ensure that the organisation had the relevant employer’s liability insurance.

We will require all students to complete, either an own placement form, or complete the online application process during which they can give up to four work experience choices, along with information about which geographical area they can get to and transport details. Students and parents/carers MUST make sure that the students are able to get to the placements they apply for. You need to do this before you submit the application. Own placement forms can be collected from the KS3 office.

At first sight these four choices may seem far too many, but it must be remembered that with several local schools all trying for similar placements, not all students will get their first choices. Flexibility in approach is essential.


  • Think about and start applying for work experience straight away, as it is a long process.
  • Choose wisely, it may be difficult to change. There is also an admin charge of £35 for cancelled placements by EBP South, once the paperwork has been processed.
  • Discuss work experience with as many people as possible for ideas and inspiration.

Here are some websites that offer quizzes and information to assist with possible career choices. This in turn may help when thinking about work experience:

  • (Good starting point to explore job ideas; click on Careers Advice and then Job Profiles to get started.)
  •  (Includes a careers game that suggests careers that may be of interest also offering options when exploring different areas of work.)
  •  (A web-site to help match skills and personalities to over 400 job profiles.)
  • (helps to explore your personality type, is completely free and gives an informative and detailed profile. Can also help when writing personal statements and CV’s.)
  • (A direct link to the work experience area, Southampton General Hospital - only 1 week would be offered.)

Parent/Carer signature on a consent form on the website or booklet will be required and indicates that you have read the form and approve of your daughter’s work experience placement choices and to be returned to the KS3 officer by 13th March 2018. 

Please only choose occupational areas that they are genuinely interested in and can get transport to and from. All applications should be made no later than 28th May 2018.

You cannot apply for online and own placements at the same time.

Once an employer has accepted a student for a placement;

  • If you do not accept the placement, a charge of £35 will be incurred to the Parents/Carers.
  • If you wish to change placement, a charge of £35 will be incurred the Parents/Carers.

Work experience is an enjoyable and rewarding experience and there are lots of people in school to help, in particular I am in school Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. There are also tutors, teachers and the Head of Year to help with any questions of concerns.

Start planning early to secure a successful placement.


Mrs Gough
Work Related Learning and Careers Education Guidance Co-ordinator



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