As part of a student’s Programme of Study at Wrotham School, all Year 12 students will take part in a one week long Work Experience placement. This highly valued programme will enhance the skills that students need for the world of work. Our period of work placement will be for a five day period from Monday 25th June 2018 to Friday 29th June 2018. Although this may seem like a long way away at the moment, many work experience placements get booked up months in advance so we recommend that you make enquiries and confirm placements as early as February.
Why work experience?
A work placement is an opportunity for students to spend a period of time outside the classroom, learning about a particular job or area of work. During their placement, students will be able to find out what skills employers look for when they are hiring someone to fill a job vacancy. They will also get the chance to develop their self-confidence and communication skills. It has proved invaluable to students over the past few years with more worthwhile placements arranged recently.
How do I find a placement?
The provision of Work Experience, while being the school’s responsibility, relies very much on a partnership with parents/carers and the students involved. Students may wish to arrange a number of different placements, spending one or two days at each. Should you have any problem organising a work placement, do not hesitate to contact the school and we will assist you with this process. It is a statutory part of the post – 16 curriculum that students take part in one week’s worth of work experience. We have chosen this week as having the least impact on progress in school. The work experience must take place in a location other than Wrotham School in order to qualify.
We are very lucky to have our business mentor who will be working with Year 12 in 2018 to help them explore routes into work experience and help them to write introductory emails/letters.
Students on work experience placements are designated as employees for the purposes of health and safety. Employers have the same responsibilities for the health, safety and welfare of students on work placements as they do for members of their own workforce. Most employers carry insurance policies that cover risks arising from work experience and other visits. We will ask for a copy of each employer’s liability insurance to be provided prior to work placements commencing.
To enable the students to have more flexibility in their choice of placement, the school will not be able to carry out health and safety checks on work placements organised by parents/carers. Parents are required satisfy themselves that the employer has public liability insurance in place that will cover a work experience student.
The work experience form should be completed and returned to Mrs P Cheval in the Study Centre by Friday 27th April 2018.