Work Experience is a very important time within the school calendar. It is an opportunity for young people to gain valuable skills and experience, that they can take forward and utilise within their future studies and careers.
Work Experience isn't just about adding to your CV, or completing menial jobs such as sticking stamps on thousands of envelopes, it is the perfect opportunity to take part in lots of interesting tasks and take on some challenging responsibilities. Work Experience is very important. You could say that it is what you have been going to school for - to prepare for adult life.
Here are our top 5 reasons that work experience is so valuable:
- It introduces you gently to the world of work. You get to learn the dos and don'ts, get work place savvy and work with new people. Vitally, it will give you an idea of the skills you might need to thrive in the workplace of the future.
- It will help you identify your own skills and perhaps even highlight the areas that you might want to work on. It will provide you with a kick-start to identify your strengths and weaknesses.
- It is the best way to get a real sense of the type of career you are intersted in. You will get to speak to employees and ask them questions. You won't know what it's like until you get closer to the action.
- Doing work experience shows passion and interest. Evidence that you have done work experience shows the employer that you are motivated to get into a chosen career and that you've done your preparaion.
- You might wow the employer so much that you'll manage to secure yourself a job!
We have thousands of businesses that work with us to provide work experience opportunities; we then offer these to schools in several different formats and costings...
- Self-placement: Students source their own placements and we undertake the administration, insurance and health & safety checks.
- Recruited: As above but we find a wide range of placements so that teachers can allocate appropriate students to them.
- Targeted: These placements are sourced according to the needs and requirements of the students.
- Extended: Some students respond better, and gain more from working for a longer period, maybe 1 day per week for a couple of months.
Each school may choose for us to introduce the work experience scheme to students in an assembly and then to impart some specific advice as the work placements draw near. Co-ordinating teachers can also keep-track of their allocations and print the necessary paperwork via our bespoke management system.