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Year 10 and 12 Work Experience (10th - 14th July 2017)
Information for Parents / Guardians
In Years 10 and 12 students undertake a week of Work Experience during Project Week. Work experience is a vital introduction to the world of work for students, and has many benefits. Whilst work experience can act as a future career taster, any experience that leads to an increase in employability skills for a student is worthwhile.
We hope that you will appreciate the value of this experience and will therefore assist your child to consider their options and to find a placement. Please note that generally students are more likely to secure a place if they contact the employer themselves. All Year 10 students will be given advice on this during their PSHE lessons. If students need any additional assistance, they should speak to their Form Tutor, PSHE Teacher or see Mrs Hogan in the Careers Library during break-time and/or lunch breaks.
For a good source of generic information about why Work Experience is important, and hints and tips for finding a good placement, see the relevant pages on the Success At School website.
Things to consider when choosing a placement:
Placements in popular settings (law, veterinary, I.T., music, theatre, etc.) will already have begun to fill, as a number of local schools do their Work Experience at the same time as us. Therefore we advise students to contact prospective employers sooner rather than later.
Travel: students will have to make their own travel arrangements, so please ensure they can get to the placement.
Insurance: students may only undertake work experience with employers who have the appropriate insurance cover (Public Liability Insurance & Employers’ Liability Insurance).
Placements outside Devon: it is a requirement that high-risk placements are visited by a member of staff trained in Health and Safety, prior to the student's placement. If we need to visit a high-risk placement outside of Devon, then you will be asked to contribute £30 towards the additional costs for this.
Once you and your child have found a suitable placement, please complete the Work Experience Form and return it to Mrs Hogan (Careers Library). All forms should be returned to Mrs Hogan as soon as possible or by Friday 10th February 2017 at the latest (or 20th January 2017 for placements outside Devon).
Please note: without this paperwork and the subsequent health and safety approval granted by our Health and Safety Officer, we will be unable to allow your child out of school and they will be required to attend school as normal during that week.
Information for Employers
Firstly, thank you for considering or accepting one of our students for Work Experience. We believe that Work Experience is invaluable for our students, and without the support of the Employers we would not be able to run this scheme.
We are required to ensure that all placements have both Public and Employers Liability Insurance, in line with the advice on Work Experience Insurance provided by the Association of British Insurers. If you do not possess one or other of these insurances, please contact the school to discuss this.
With regard to the Health and Safety of students on work experience: we adhere to the principles set out by the Health and Safety Executive, and believe that the effectiveness of the employer’s risk management arrangements is what matters. We appreciate that Employers should already be managing the risks in their workplaces and are best placed to assess whether or not they need to do anything additional for a new young person joining them.
Our role is purely to ask sensible questions, in proportion to the level of risk, to satisfy ourselves that those arrangements are in place. We will also assist employers to identify risks that are specific to young people (who are generally less experienced and may lack maturity) particularly if the employer does not normally employ young people.
We have endeavoured to keep paperwork and bureaucracy to a minimum. Please do contact the School if you would like to discuss this.
Thank you once more for your assistance.