As part of Sandhill View School’s work related learning curriculum all students in year 10 will have the opportunity to participate in one week’s work experience at the end of the spring term 2017. It is an opportunity for students to spend some time with an employer or other organisation, allowing them to experience as far as possible the hours, working conditions and regulations they may encounter when they go to work themselves.
The dates of the work experience programme for this academic year are:
Monday 3rd April – Friday 7th April 2017
Why work experience?
Work experience is not necessarily about trying out your own career choice, but finding out about working life and work skills in general. It will help you to learn more about the world of work; this means understanding the workplace, working with other people, improving your skills and being able to communicate clearly with adults. Although work experience is unpaid, it helps you to find out what it is like to be part of a working environment.
What hours will I have to work?
The hours you are expected to work may vary experience depending on the workplace. However you are not expected to work longer than usual office hours and you will not work at weekends. Students are not allowed to work before 7.00am and after 7.00pm.
For insurance purposes, a parental consent form and personal placement form must be completed by the parent and returned to Mrs.Akien before any arrangements for the work experience placement can be made.
During the work experience you may be given the choice of using the company’s canteen, taking a packed lunch or making your own arrangements.
Please note students leaving an employer’s premises at lunchtime do so at their own risk and will not be the responsibility of the employer during that period.
How will I get there?
Students are expected to make their own arrangements regarding travel to and from their place of work experience i.e. lift, bus, metro, walk, bike. Financial support may be provided in cases of hardship, and where pupils may have to travel out of the area through no fault of their own. Any student who is unsure as to the location of the placement should see Mrs Akien or a member of the year 10 team.
Can I arrange my own placement?
Students are encouraged to make their own arrangements to go to a particular place of work. You need to think carefully about the type of work you may be interested on. Many students find their placements through someone they know e.g. family, neighbour, friend. If the employer has agreed that you can go there, you need to complete a Futurework Personal Placement form. You will not be allowed to attend the placement unless this form is completed and handed in to Mrs Akien.
Full information, letters, forms and advice are available on this website. If you wish to arrange your own placement you should collect a form and a letter from the Year 10 base or download a copy from this website. Remember, local schools and supermarkets are always popular so apply to these in good time to ensure you get the placement you want.
The deadline for finding placements is Friday 9th December 2017. We cannot accept requests for placements after this date because Futurework need to carry out risk assessments, insurance and health and safety checks of all placements. Where placements are deemed unsuitable in terms of health and safety, the student will not be allowed to attend that placement and support will be given to help them find alternative placements.
There are a limited number of Futurework placements for those pupils who may have had difficulties in organising their own placement; however some of these placements involve travelling further afield e.g. Washington and Newcastle and students may have to go through an interview process. A list of these placements will be displayed on the Careers noticeboard and students should complete the application in tutor group time.
Students who wish to arrange a placement with City of Sunderland Council should see Mrs Akien for further details.
Sometimes companies, who have previously agreed to take a student on work experience, may suffer financial and economic difficulties and may be unable to place the student. Should this happen, the school will endeavour to support the student in finding another placement; however we cannot guarantee a placement will be found.
Students who successfully complete the work experience placement will be awarded a certificate which forms part of their Record of Achievement documents.
Should you have any other questions or should you wish to discuss the careers guidance offered at Sandhill View Academy please contact Mrs. Akien via the school office.
For more information on our affiliated sixth form, please visit The Sixth Form at Southmoor Academy.
Schedule for Year 10 Work Experience
Monday 3rd April – Friday 7th April 2017
|Parental consent form issued to students||Wednesday 14th September 2016|
|Parental consent form completed and returned||Friday 23rd September 2016|
|Futurework work experience placement form completed and returned to Mrs Akien||Friday 9th December 2016
No forms can be accepted after this date
|Futurework commence insurance, health and safety checks|
|Work experience provider contacted by student to check placement details||Week commencing Monday 20th March 2017|
|Undertake 5 days work experience and complete work experience diary||Monday 3rd April –Friday 7th April 2017 inclusive|
|Return work experience diary to group tutor (after Easter holidays)||Monday 24th April 2017|
|Post-placement questionnaire completed||Wednesday 27th April 2017|