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					  work experience
                         parents meeting
                                                         Year 10

                        Y10 Work Experience dates: 18-29 June 2011
                            Own Find Form deadline: 19 March 2012

Key contacts:
Mary Fudge, Careers & Enterprise Co-ordinator
Paul Goddard, Lewisham WEX Team Manager
Gareth Morgan, Year Learning Co-ordinator (Year 10)
Last year’s students placements
   Hospitals                  Dentists
   Shops                      Vets
   Nursery Schools            Design/PR
   Solicitors/Barristers      Farm/Stables
   Primary Schools            Hairdressers
   Offices                    Newspapers
   Theatre/Arts Centres       Engineering
   Music Industry             BBC/TV
   Architects                 Youth Projects
   Leisure Centre/Gyms        Law Courts
   Accountants                Local MP/Political
   Florists                   Pharmacy
A selection of the organisations that Y10 students were placed at in 2011
  thoughts about work experience

Interesting            Hard           Useful
                                                         Loved It!
                      work but                            Didn’t
                        fun                 Learnt        want to
 Exciting                                    new           leave
                                     Tiring                  Learnt
  A great                                                     a lot
opportunity        People were                               about
                     friendly                                myself

                                  I got a
       Thinking                  Saturday
       about my                     Job!             Boring at times
     future now…
Why do work experience?
gain confidence
learn about the world of work
experience going to work each day
explore careers/jobs
be inspired for the future
develop employability skills
references/weekend jobs/contacts
Developing skills for work
 A recent survey of 500 Company Directors identified a
  ‘top 10’ skills and qualities rated as being the most
  important for recent graduates to possess:
 1) Honesty and integrity
 2) Basic literacy skills
 3) Basic oral communication skills (e.g. telephone skills)
 4) Reliability
 5) Being hardworking and having a good work ethic
 6) Numeracy skills
 7) A positive ‘can do’ attitude
 8) Punctuality
 9) The ability to meet deadlines
 10) Team working and co-operation skills
Careers Programme
 Careers lessons in PSE in Y8/9/11
 Y10 Work Experience
 “World of Work” unit in Citizenship
 Y10 Tutorial programme
 Employability Day: Friday 1st June 2012
 Careers Support in Year 11 for Post 16
 In school careers adviser

 Access to KUDOS software
 Careers Library (LRC)
Work Experience Procedure
 Oct – March: Students search for own placement (Own
  Find Form)
 April/May: All students select placements on the
  Webview online system
 May: Confirmation paperwork posted out (in the mail) to
  all students
 Student agreement Form: Parents and Students sign
  and return the agreement
 May/June: Students contact the employer to confirm the
  placement and check if they need to attend a pre-
 During the work experience placement students
  complete a work experience diary
Health & Safety
 All placements are checked for health & safety
  through health & safety visits carried out by
  qualified person
 Placements who do not pass the health & safety
  criteria will be “refused”
 Students work a maximum of 38 hours (unpaid!)
 Supervision always given
 Risk Assessments & Job Descriptions are
  provided to the students
 Students receive a Health & Safety lesson at
  school during Citizenship lessons
Drop in to see Ms Fudge in room 117 at
 first break, start of lunch or after school.
Support given with where to locate
 employers, writing letters/CVs/emails &
 phone calls
All students visited by a teacher/staff
 member when on placement (unless
 working with a close family member
Tips on looking for a placement
 Encourage your daughter to look for her own
 Do your Research
 Persevere! Most students have to contact
  between 5 to 30 places before securing a
 Remember the employers are giving a favour
 Go it alone – it is best if student’s search for
  placements independently and not with a friend
  as employers are less keen to take students in
Where to look for a placement
•By foot: walking around local area to see what
companies/employers are available (eg: shopping
centres/high streets)

•Internet search:
-Professional organisations
Eg: RIBA (Architects)
-Online Directories (
- Jobsites eg: Guardian jobs

•Asking friends & family
•Yellow pages/directories
How to approach an employer

Face to Face - for organisations that are
  usually open to the public eg:
  shops/hairdressers. You (student) could
  pop in and ask to speak to the manager.
How to approach an employer
By phone:    For smaller companies telephoning
 can be the best method – ask to speak to the
 manager or person responsible for Human
 Resources. Phoning is also useful for finding out
 the correct name and email address of the
 person you need to contact.
How to approach an employer
By letter or email:       This is usually the best
 way to contact employers. If you are emailing it
 is best to find out the correct address – just
 sending an email to a general “info” address is
 often usually very successful
 Send a letter and enclose
 a CV (examples provided)
 Make sure the student
 uses a professional
 sounding email address
 preferably with their name
 Can I do my work experience abroad/outside
Yes, but at parents own risk. Please discuss with Ms
 My daughter wants to be a doctor/nurse can she do a
  placement in a hospital?
No if she will be age 15 at the time of WEX. Only very
  limited placements available at local hospital. Try
  GPs, special needs providers. Medical work
  experience in sixth form can be arranged.
 What happens if I miss the Own Find Form deadline
  or want to change my placement nearer the time?
We cannot accept late forms unless in special
  circumstances (sickness, special schemes eg: BBC,
  Royal Opera House, Natural History Museum
FAQs 2
 Can students be paid for work experience?
No, it is unpaid.
 Are travel expenses paid by the school?
No, students can use their Oyster card which
  provides free bus travel. However if they
  travel by overground train or tube then
  parents will need to cover the cost.
FAQs 3
 What sort of tasks will the student do?
This is up to the employer – however students usually
  are expected to do simple tasks such as
  photocopying, filing, basic housekeeping/cleaning,
  making teas/coffees initially. If they show they can
  do these tasks well and with a good attitude
  employers usually start to give them more
  responsibility as the time progresses. A lot of work
  experience can be work shadowing and observing as
  this the student’s first time in the workplace.

 What happens if the student is sick or absent during
  work experience?
They should contact the school and the work
  experience placement to let them know.
FAQs 4
 What hours will the student be expected to work?
This is up to the employer – up to a maximum of
  38hpw. Usually it is shorter hours eg: 9-4pm

 What happens if the student behaves poorly at the
They might be dismissed from the placement and
  would spend the rest of the time in school working
  on school work. Students who are dismissed are
  expected to meet with YLC to discuss what
  happened at the placement

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