As part of Sandhill View Academy’s work related learning curriculum all students in year 10 will have the opportunity to participate in work experience every Monday 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:
Monday 4th November 2019 to Monday 22nd June 2020
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. Our year 10 students have recently completed their work experience and have said how beneficial it was and how they felt they had developed their employability skills as well as finding out about career pathways they had not previously considered. The feedback from the employers was extremely positive and highlighted how well these students conducted themselves throughout the placements.
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 Mr Wareham. 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. If you are unable to secure a work placement before the end of term work placement forms can be handed to the school’s main reception at any time during the summer holidays. This will enable us to carry out the necessary checks during the school holidays.
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.
Documents you will need to arrange a placement.
Work Discovery Sunderland
Work Discovery Sunderland is a pioneering scheme which was created by Sunderland’s Economic Leadership Board and the Business and Schools’ Task Group who recognised the need to forge stronger links between companies across the region and Wearside’s future workforce.
Activities include workshops, careers fairs, business challenges, company visits, talks from employers, all offering students an insight into the world of work – helping them to discover new opportunities and encouraging the students to gain the skills to improve their employability.
Work Discovery Week:
This is an annual programme of informative and fun activities offered to our Year 10 students. The event gives students access to some of the city’s biggest employers.
Our Year 10 and 11 students are able to get involved in sector days throughout the year for industries including: health, utilities, hospitality, engineering and manufacturing, retail, ICT.
Guest Speaker Days:
Year 9 students are able to attend guest speaker days throughout the year, giving them the chance to listen to motivational talks by leaders from some of the North East top businesses.
Work Discovery Sunderland is also partnered with the Industrial Cadets Scheme, which allows students taking part in Work Discovery to work towards either a bronze or silver level Industrial Cadet award.
Take Your Child to Work Day
As part of Sandhill View Academy’s work related learning curriculum we would like to offer the opportunity to all Y9 students to take part in a “Take Your Child to Work Day “on Tuesday 14th May. It is an opportunity for students to spend a day 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.
We do understand that for a variety of reasons it may not be possible for every Year 9 student to take part. To ensure students have equality of opportunity we would suggest asking relatives or friends if they would be able to accommodate students who are not able to accompany a parent or carer to work.
If a suitable placement is still not available, students will need to be in school following normal lessons or other activities. Parents should use their own judgement about where their child goes. However if parents/carers work at home or alone, it is unfortunately not a new learning experience or environment, therefore it is not suitable.
We hope that as many students as possible will be able to accompany and work shadow a parent/carer throughout a normal working day. Students will travel to and from work with their parent/sponsor and will be covered by the insurance and ‘Health and Safety’ procedures of the organisation they are visiting and we will be asking for copies of this before they attend. Students will be provided with a “Take Your Child to Work Booklet” which they should complete during the day. There will also be a small section to be completed by the person being accompanied or shadowed.
Please complete the attached document below should you wish for your child to take part in this opportunity and return it to your son’s/daughter’s group tutor.