Uxbridge High school strongly believes that work experience plays a crucial part in helping young people make decisions about their future careers, and helps to develop skills that are vital in the modern labour market. Work experience is an integral part of the school’s wider programme of careers education and work related learning (learning about work, learning through work, learning for work).
The work experience process
Year 9 students will take part in ‘Take your child to work day’ at the beginning of the autumn term and Year 10 will attend a placement for one day in the spring term, alongside a careers day. All students in Year 12 will be expected to undertake a one week placement in either October or February half term.
The process begins at different stages for each year group with Year 12 in the autumn term, Year 10 in the spring term and Year 9 in the summer term with an information assembly, followed by the distribution of application forms and a parent consent form. As soon as these forms are returned to school, the Work Experience Co-ordinator will begin to place students according to their requests (wherever possible or practicable). Where students find their own placements, the school will still require formal confirmation from the employer.
Once students have been placed, their details are passed to an independent third party for health and safety checking. Most placements pass the check, but where a placement fails, the student will not be able to attend the placement and an alternative will be sought if time allows.
Prior to the work experience placements taking place, students will be provided with information sessions to help them prepare for their placement. As part of the planning process students are expected to set targets for themselves in their diaries.
During the Placement
Students are expected to complete either a booklet (Year 9 & 10) or project (Year 12) whilst on their placement, which they will be informed about prior to their placement. During the course of their placement they will receive a telephone call. The purpose of this is to check that everything is going well from the point of view of the student and the employer.
If a student is unable to attend a placement for some reason, e.g. illness, they are expected to notify both the employer and the school first thing in the morning.
In the week following placements, students will work in their tutor groups to complete the evaluation sections of their booklet and will collectively plan and produce a poster (Year 9), draw up a plan for what they need to do/learn/research to get into their chosen career (Year 10) or give a presentation to the remainder of their form groups (Year 12). They are also expected to write letters of thanks to their employers. All students who attend a placement will receive a certificate of completion.