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Work Experience

Work Experience Advice and Guidance 

Taking part in work experience helps students find out first-hand about the world of work and what it could be like working in different job roles and working environments. It can help students in their career planning and in making choices about courses and subjects they might like to study in the future.

Work experience can also help students gain confidence when meeting and working with new people as well as being motivational. It also helps develop employability skills and can be a huge help to students when writing CVs, writing job applications and UCAS personal statements.

In previous years, through their work experience, students have been offered part time work and apprenticeships and have gained excellent references which they can use in the future.

Mangotsfield School offers students the opportunity to take part in work experience and work related learning as part of our careers education programme. All our Year 10 students take part in one week of work experience in the summer term. The date is the 8th – 12th July 2019.

Work Experience Dates for Academic Year 2018/2019 

Year 10 Work Experience (All) – 8th – 12th July 2019

September 2018 letter to parents regarding Year 10 Work Experience.

You can download the letter here.

Applying for Work Experience Placements 

Finding the work experience placement you want often requires a lot of effort and persistence. There are a lot of schools in the area whose students will also be applying for places for similar dates and places do go fast! Some companies will get lots and lots of applications and will only have one or two spaces or maybe, due to difficult times in the economy, none at all.

You need to be prepared to write to many companies and try not to feel downhearted or give up if they respond saying ‘not this time’ or maybe if you get no response at all. If you have sent a letter or email and have not heard back after two weeks, follow up this with a telephone call to make sure that the company has received the application and enquire if they may have a placement for you.

To start with, think about the type of work experience placement you might like to do and start to make a list of companies you would like to work for. There is a spreadsheet available to view on the school network which shows where students from our school have gone on their placements in previous years and there is also a larger list which shows previous placements for the schools in the wider region.

Looking through these lists may help to give you some ideas of the different types of work experience and where you could write to enquire if they have placements this year. It is also fine to apply to organisations which do not appear here and which you have found out about through an internet search or by other means. Many students have had success using contacts through friends and family.

Download an example letter asking for a Work Experience Placement (pdf)

Rules about work experience placements 

1. All organisations offering work experience must have Employers Liability Insurance which is valid at the time of the placement .(There are some exceptions if the student is working with a direct family member) This is something that most places have in place already for their staff.

2. The placement must be somewhere you can get to and from. The school does not provided transport for work experience. Be prepared to travel as the placement that might suit you best might not be on the doorstep!

3. Placements CAN be outside of the local area, in other towns and cities or even overseas, BUT we must know about these early. 

4. The work experience placement will not be authorised until a fully completed work experience (WEX 1 form) has been returned to Mr Jordan. This form is completed and signed by the employer and includes details of the placement and an associated risk assessment. When the form is completed and signed by the employer, it needs to be read and signed by a parent/carer and the student to confirm all parties are in agreement. 

Paperwork - Once you have found your placement 

Once you have found your placement, you need to come to the careers office in the LRC to collect a WEX1 form from Mr Jordan. This is a green form with an accompanying letter. Reminder - This form needs all parts to be completed and needs to be signed by the Employer, the Parent/Carer and the Student. 

These forms will be available to collect from Mr Jordan's office and also to download here after the October half term. 
Mr Jordan is your contact at school for work experience queries.