Work Experience - Year 10
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Year 10 students have the exciting and beneficial opportunity to complete a week of work experience in the last full week of term 6.
Undertaking a week of work placement can be a very valuable experience for students. It deepens their understanding about what a career in the placement area involves, helps them to understand their own strengths and areas to develop in relation to employability skills and can also give them first-hand experience on which to draw in future applications/interviews. There is an interesting article on our website from ‘The Times’ about how valuable work experience can be when students make applications http://www.ralphallen.bathnes.sch.uk/uploads/document/2_0_secret-to-a-university-place-revealed-the-times-15-1-15.pdf
We encourage all our students to undertake work experience. Our designated week of work experience comes very near the end of the school year when all students’ exams and controlled assessments for their GCSEs have finished. There is not time for students to undertake work experience in Year 11 as they go into the final stages of their GCSE courses.
We plan to give a presentation in Assembly for Year 10s during the year, when they will hear from some older students who did work experience last year. We will give examples of the placements used last year and places of work with which the school already has a link. Obviously if students do not want to undertake a placement and do not have a clear idea of what they want to do, then placements are less beneficial. During the work experience week there will be no Year 10 lessons, but those students who either do not want to undertake work experience or those who have not managed to find a placement will stay in school and will do supervised private study for their GCSEs.
Past experience has shown that it is best for students to find the placement themselves. We will of course support them throughout the process. Many very successful placements arise out of personal contacts that students have through their friends or relations. Students have to be able to get themselves to the placement, so it is generally best if it is a local placement, but some students do go further afield where families can make the necessary arrangements. In school tutors will be encouraging their Year 10 students in finding a placement and if more help is needed then appointments can be made with our Careers Advisor. Mrs Brown and Mrs Wilkinson will also assist in every way they can.
After placements have been found, a letter from the school needs to be sent and a form filled out and signed by student, parent & employer before any placement can take place. Each placement also has to be assessed to make sure that it complies with health and safety requirements. This is a legal requirement. The deadline for finding placements is the end of April 2017.
Parents - please do start to discuss work experience with your daughter/son to get thinking about suitable opportunities.
Powerpoint shown in assembly 2015-16