As part of the Year 10 Curriculum (Key Stage 4), an opportunity is provided for students to experience a fortnight in the world of work. This will take place from 18th March to 28th March 2013.
This period of work experience is a key part of the student’s educational programme. There will be thorough preparation and supervision whilst on the placement. Further work after the placement will enable the student to gain as much as possible from the experience. Work experience is about learning new skills and new ideas to do with the world of work. It is important that you go on a placement that you are interested in. However it is better not to restrict yourself just to a job that you think you want to do in the future as you may find it is not possible to do this job at this time.
When you apply for a job, college or training place, people are far more interested in the skills and attitudes that you have picked up on work experience. They are not bothered about where you went. For example, the ability to work as part of a team or to be able to communicate your ideas both in writing and in speech, is far more important to a university tutor recruiting law students, that the fact that you had your work experience in a solicitors’ office.
- The hours of work will be no more than the normal hours worked by young employees of the firm or organisation concerned.
- It is Ms Anastasi and Mrs J Gallagher who are responsible for organising work experience schemes.
- The school has insurance against any legal liability, this extends to cover her for injury or damage caused by her negligence whilst on Work Experience
- The school cannot be held responsible for any undisclosed medical condition or the liabilities, which may arise from such a condition.
- No pupil is allowed to take part in a work experience scheme without the written consent of parent or guardian. If the pupil is of compulsory school age the parent or guardian will be required to sign the official pupil and parent’s agreement.
- It is hoped that parents will take a personal interest. However, all arrangements and contact with employers are made by the school staff, and parents should not contact the employer directly except in cases of extreme emergencies.
- Parents are asked to let the school and the employers know as early as possible in the morning if their daughter cannot attend for work experience.
- The employer agrees to inform the school of any serious misbehaviour of pupils during work experience and to send the pupil(s) concerned straight back to school.
- The placement will always be checked for Health and Safety by Schools’ Vocational Development Service and if suitable will always take priority over a placement on the database.
- As Coombe is a Local Education Authority School, the Governors follow agreed procedure and advice relating to pupil matters such as admissions, exclusions and work experience.