“Every pupil should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities and expand their networks” Good Career Guidance – The Gatsby Foundation
All students in Year 10 and then Year 12, have the opportunity to undertake a week of work experience during a set week in the summer term, where they learn about what work is like and what it takes to be successful in the work place. Work experience is valuable in gaining real experience or the workplace, how different businesses operate as well as developing skills and confidence.
Year 10 Work Experience:
Work Experience Week for Year 10 students usually takes place towards the end of the summer term. From the start of the spring term in the same year, students will have preparation for work experience through a variety of lessons and tutorials during Life Studies on interview techniques, job searches and writing CVs. We also organise opportunities for students to undertake a mock job interview.
We have found that placements sourced by students themselves usually work best from both the student’s and employer’s points of view and that students who take the initiative in contacting an employer are usually received positively. For students who are struggling to make contact with an employer, we will advise on possible contacts from the pool of employers who have previously offered placements and we are confident that with support all students who really want a placement will be successful.
Once placements have been found, we work alongside ‘E2W – Education to Work’ an organisation that will carry out the risk assessments and health & Safety checks with employers before students participate in their work experience.
All students will receive a work visit from a member of staff at HSLC, where we can evaluate their progress, address any concerns and receive valuable feedback from employers. Students are also given a Work Experience Log Book or diary to complete during the week, which also provides an opportunity for employers to write an evaluation on the placement and parents to make some comments as well. The log book makes a great source of evidence for students to keep and refer to in the future when writing college or university applications and personal statements.
Year 12 Work Experience:
We believe that work experience is a very valuable element of each student’s Key Stage 5 curriculum. Year 12 Work Experience usually takes place at the beginning of the summer term.
We allow sixth form students to structure this opportunity for their own individual development. This might take the form of work experience, work shadowing, volunteering or other pre-approved activities, which will support curriculum vitae and demonstrate the all-important experience and enthusiasm that would be employers and universities are looking for.
Similarly to Y10 Work Experience, all placements within the Humber region are assessed by E2W for suitability and H&S.