Understanding Work Experience
This page will hopefully give you a better understanding of what to expect during your work experience.
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.
Working with EBP SOUTH
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. EBP South have produced a video that will explain to students about how to use database and booking process at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMHvRsVRp0w&t=310s .
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.
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.
Make the right choices
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:
· www.unifrog.org/sign-in Based on the classic Myers-Briggs tests, Unifrog has created a unique personality quiz to help students explore the Careers library and to get them thinking about different careers in a fun and engaging way.
CHARGES THAT CAN BE INCURRED DURING WORK EXPERIENCE
Once an employer has accepted a student for a placement;
Parent/Carer signature on a consent form on the downloadable PDF below will be required and indicates that you have read the form and approve of your daughter’s work experience placement choices. The form should then be emailed to Mrs Gough at Julie.email@example.com by 30th April 2021. Please ensure your daughter only chooses occupational areas that she is genuinely interested in and that the employer she chooses is in a location she able to travel to and from. All work experience arrangements must be finalised by 28th May 2021.
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