Experience of the World of Work
Work Experience is no longer a statutory requirement for schools but we are required to provide good quality opportunities for students to learn about work through real-life contact with the world of work, through strong links with employers and to help students to develop their employability skills. Students in Year 10 and Year 11 will have access to the following opportunities, in line with statutory Careers guidance.
- Mentoring and coaching.
- Speakers from the world of work, which are offered very regularly.
- Careers fairs and career networking event, such as the Career Workout sessions that we have been running.
- Access to open days at further and higher education institutions.
- Access to creative online resources and labour market information.
- Help with basic career management skills like CV writing, CV building, job searches and job interviews.
Our younger students in Year 7 and Year 8 learn about the world of work through their PSHE lessons and Year 9 find out about the world of work through Worktree’s Workout. The Careers Officer also offers a huge range of advice and drop-in sessions about the world of work, for students of any age.
Some of our Year 12, on Level 2 courses, have a day of work experience built into their course. We work with Develop EBP to find good placements for these Sixth Form students.
Some of our Sixth Form students also learn about the experience of working through holding part time jobs. We do allow this, so long as it does not interfere with their academic work or progress. If we fear that paid part-time employment is impinging on academic success, the Sixth Form Team will intervene and discuss a way forward so that the right balance is re-negotiated.