As part of Sandhill View Academy’s work related learning curriculum all students in year 10 will have the opportunity to participate in in work experience every Wednesday afternoon. 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:
31st October 2018 – Wednesday 22nd May 2019.
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. It does not necessarily have to be connected to what you want to become but can also help inform and give vital experience when making decisions on future career choices.
How do I arrange it?
Students are encouraged to make their own arrangements to go to a particular place of work. They will need to complete the work placement Form and return it to Mrs Akien. Work placement forms need to be submitted at least 4 weeks before the placement start date to enable us to carry out all the necessary risk assessments, insurance and health and safety checks for the placement. Where placements are deemed unsuitable in terms of health and safety, the student will not be allowed to attend that placement.
What do I need to ask a potential employer before my placement?
You may want to ask a few questions to make the experience easier for you including:
- What do I need to wear?
- What hours will I work?
- Are there facilities for me to eat lunch before I start?
- Is there anything else I need to know?
For insurance purposes, a parental consent form and work experience placement form must be completed by the parent and returned to Mrs Akien before any arrangements for the work experience placement can be made.
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. Any student who is unsure as to the location of the placement should see Mrs Akien or a member of the Year 10 team
Full information, letters, forms and advice are available on this website. You should have already received the forms and the letter from school and you can also 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.
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