Work Experience Information

 

WHAT IS 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 these two weeks along with follow up work helps to further student’s exploration and career pathways.

 

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 career sector they would like to enter for their work experience.

 

At this stage we would like to emphasise that we are 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 recently created a video explaining how to use their computer system and booking process so we will be able to go through with students.

 

OWN PLACEMENTS

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 in the UK that you have approached yourselves. Working abroad is not available for work placements due to insurance purposes.

 

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 travel to the placements they apply for. You need to do this before you submit the application. Own placement forms can be collected from the Careers Department.

 

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.

 

MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICES

  •          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 £39 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:

 

·         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.

  •          www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk Good starting point to explore job ideas; click on Careers Advice and then Job Profiles to get started.
  •          www.plotr.co.uk  Includes a careers game that suggests careers that may be of interest also offering options when exploring different areas of work.
  •          www.prospects.ac.uk  A website to help match skills and personalities to over 400 job profiles.
  •          www.16personalities.com/ 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.

 

CHARGES THAT CAN BE INCURRED DURING WORK EXPERIENCE

Once an employer has accepted a student for a placement;

  • If you do not accept the placement, a charge of £39 will be incurred by Parents/Carers and this can be paid on SCOPAY.
  • If you wish to change a placement, a charge of £39 will be incurred by Parents/Carers and this can be paid on SCOPAY.
  •          You cannot apply for an “own placement” and an EBP placement online at the same time.

 

Parent/Carer signature on the reply form will indicate 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.gough@st-annes.uk.com by 29th April 2022. 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 27th May 2022.

 

THINGS TO CONSIDER WHILST ON WORK PLACEMENT

  • Remember your manners; say please and thank you, and always be respectful.
  • Everyone matters; be gracious to everyone. The receptionist is as important as the head of the team.
  • Be smartly dressed and turn up on time!
  • Listen. Lots of workplaces will have specific rules that must be followed for your safety as well as that of your colleagues.
  • Ask questions: If there’s something in particular you want to know or learn, ask! There’s no such thing as a silly question and your work experience employer is there to show and tell you all about their industry.
  • Act responsibly and be tidy in your work.
  • Follow the health and safety rules of the organisation and report anything that is unsafe.
 

OTHER THINGS TO REMEMBER

There may be important and confidential information shared between colleagues while you are on your work experience placement. It’s very important that you don’t share this information outside of work.

 

Your work experience employer may also have rules about social media; when you are allowed to go on social media (usually just breaks and at lunchtime) and whether or not you are allowed to post on social media about your work experience placement. If you aren’t sure, just ask!

 

YOUR EMPLOYER’S BEHAVIOUR

Just as you should behave appropriately in the workplace, so should your work experience employer. Here are their responsibilities as an employer:

  • Provide you with all of the information you need to get on with your placement. For example, health and safety information, and where the staff room/toilets are.
  • Answer your questions as best they can
  • Act appropriately and set a good example of how you should behave.

 

PLEASE KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THE SCHOOL WHILST ON WORK PLACEMENT

  • If you are going to be late or need to be off because of illness, you must email the school at: attendance@st-annes.uk.com and the work experience employer immediately and explain the situation to them.

 

  • If you experience a problem with your placement or are made to feel uncomfortable, contact your Head of Year Miss Bradley or Mrs Gough your work experience co-ordinator and your parents/guardians immediately.

Telephone: 023 80328200 Email: info@st-annes.uk.com