The Government is committed to raising the employability of young people and as part of that process most students now go out on work experience as they approach school leaving age (usually aged 14-16 in Years 10 and 11). The aim is to help them to get a better understanding of, and be better prepared for, life in the adult workplace.
Work experience is usually for one or two weeks at an employer’s premises. The aim is for students to carry out tasks much as an employee would, but with the emphasis on learning about the job and the company.
How you can help your child
- Help them to understand that it may be hard to find a placement in a job that they are interested in for a future career. The placement doesn’t have to be in an area of particular interest to be useful. The main purpose is that they have the experience of working and dealing with different situations in an adult working environment.
- Ask family, friends or anyone you know who may be able to offer them a placement in a type of job they would like.
- If they are having difficulty finding something, encourage them to log onto www.yell.com where they can search for a particular job and even specify area or they could look through the local papers for ideas of companies to approach.
- If it is a very small company find out if the person is a sole trader. If they do not employ any staff they will not have the necessary Employers Liability Insurance in place to cover your child.
- If it is a large company identify which part of the company they will be working in.
- Help them to appreciate the goodwill of employers who offer the placements
- Help them to adopt good work habits e.g. punctuality, appropriate appearance and behaviour.
- Encourage them to have a positive approach to the placement, even if it isn’t quite what they expected.
What do I do with the placement form?
Please make sure that you have the name and phone number of someone in authority in the company who has agreed to the placement. Ask them to complete and sign the employer’s section of the form. For us to set up the placement, please make sure that all sections of the form are completed and returned as soon as possible to Sherry Sanderson, the school Work Experience Co-ordinator.