Work experience is an important part of the career education programme in our secondary schools. Pupils are placed with local employers or organisations. The placement is usually for one week. In some circumstances, however, there are opportunities for pupils to attend a work placement regularly over an extended period, as part of the pupil's curriculum. During the placement, they are treated as young employees of the organisation and can try a range of tasks or duties and find out about the skills and attitudes that employers are looking for. Over the years we have found that the experience helps many pupils think positively about the qualities that they may need to develop, and about careers they may be interested in.
We take the health, safety and well-being of our pupils very seriously, and of course, this still applies when they are on their work experience placement. We work closely with placement providers to help them provide a safe and secure working environment, and where necessary we arrange for a Health and Safety Officer to visit the premises.
For more information on work experience, contact your secondary school.