As part of Sandhill View Academy’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 2018. 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 schedule and dates of the work experience programme for this academic year are:
Monday 26th March – Thursday 29th March 2018.
Please complete and return the parental consent form at the foot of this page and return it to the Year 10 office by Friday 29th September 2017. Without this form, we are unable to begin arrangements for your son’s/daughter’s work experience.
Students are encouraged to make their own arrangements to go to a particular place of work. They will need to complete the Connexions work experience placement form and return it to my office by Friday 15th December 2017.
We cannot accept requests for placements after this date because Connexions 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 Connexions 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.
Work Experience Schedule 2017/2018
|Parental consent form issued to students||Friday 11th September 2017|
|Parental consent form completed and returned||Friday 29th September 2017|
|Connexions work experience placement form completed and returned to Mrs Akien||Friday 15th December 2017
No forms accepted after this date
|Connexions commence insurance, health and safety checks|
|Work experience provider contacted by student to check placement details||Week commencing:
Monday 5th March 2018
|Undertake 5 days work experience and complete work experience diary||Monday 26th March– Thursday 29th March 2018 inclusive|
|Return work experience diary to group tutor||Monday 16th March 2018|
|Students complete work experience evaluation||Wednesday 18th April 2018|
Why work experience?
Work experience is not necessarily about trying out your own career choice, but finding out about working life and employability skills. It will help you to learn more about the world of work; this means understanding the workplace, working with other people, improving your employability 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 working hours and you will not work at weekends. Students should only work between the hours of 8am and 5.30pm, Monday-Friday.
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 Connexions Personal Placement form. You will not be allowed to attend the placement unless this form is completed and handed in to Mrs Akien and health and safety checks have been carried out.
Full information, letters, forms and advice are available at the bottom of this page. 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 15th December 2017 We cannot accept requests for placements after this date because Connexions 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 Connexions placements for those students 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 Extended Tutor group time.
Students who wish to arrange a placement with City of Sunderland Council or Gentoo 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.
Should you have any concerns or queries please do not hesitate to contact me via the school office.
Mrs. H. M. Akien
Director of Careers and Community Relations