Work Experience takes place for year 10 students during July. Work Experience is a valuable component in developing life-skills that provides an integral element of the National Curriculum. All students are expected to find their own work experience placement within a local company. Students are responsible for building their own personnel profile, which is included into their letter of application. Each student may be asked to attend an interview.
The Local Education Authority (LEA) conducts Health and Safety assessments of each placement. Should the Health and Safety not be in line with the LEA’s policy the placement application will be cancelled. The LEA provides a website and is used by all Derbyshire schools to support the work experience programme. Students can access this information at www.derbyshire.work-experience.co.uk and each student has their own logon information. This website has an extensive directory of placement providers that have been previously authorised by LEA.
The first steps - Questions Answered
Question - What do I want to do, where will I find a placement?
Answer - This is your decision, look around your local area, internet websites, and telephone business pages or ask your family to assist you.
Question - How do I approach a company for a placement?
Answer - Start preparing a letter framework. Make your letter easily adaptable so that you can mail-shot several companies in your field of interest. A properly thought out letter is much more likely to receive a positive reply. Make sure you follow up your letter by re-contacting the placement to ensure they have received your letter.
Question - Who will support me with my work experience preparations?
- First of all, look in the mirror and have the confidence to help yourself.
- Talk to your family and friends for placement ideas.
- Enrichment lessons, Head of Year and your Form Tutor.
- Your Work Experience Co-ordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Just a few tips showing some of the qualities that an employer will be looking for in their recruitment process.
How do you measure up?