Work Experience

Work Experience - Monday 26 June to Friday 7 July 2017 (two weeks)

What is Work Experience?

Work Experience is an essential part of Year 10 and forms an element of the Work Related Learning that students undertake at Key Stage 4.  It has been proven that work experience assists with the student’s personal and social development, as well as develop key skills in a work environment, thus improving chances of employment.

When will Work Experience take place?

Work experience will take place from Monday 26 June until Friday 7 July 2017 inclusive and it is mandatory that all Year 10 students take part.  During this period of time there will be no Year 10 lessons at the Gateway Academy. 

What happens now?

We will be working very closely with the Year 10 students to ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible and will be keeping them informed every step of the way.   All Year 10 students will also attend an assembly which will explain the importance of work experience and some more information about the process.

Encouragement to find own placement

Each year, most of our students find their own work experience placement.  We cannot express the importance and need for this to happen. Frank has a list of over 200 placements that have previously been offered. This list will be displayed outside Frank's room to help students find a placement.

It is down to the student (with the help of our Careers Advisor, Frank Thompson) to find a suitable placement. There is a possibility that some students will remain in school during the two week period if a suitable placement has not been found, but please be assured we will do everything possible to help our Year 10 students find a suitable placement.

When looking for a suitable placement it could be somewhere they really would like to work and have taken the initiative to approach the employer directly or sometimes students may have friends or family members who have offered them work experience at their company/place of work. These placements are usually the most successful as the students are so keen to attend.

The employer will need to have Employer Liability Insurance and meet required Health and Safety standards.   No student will be placed within a company where a Health and Safety visit has not been completed or where a Health and Safety visit has failed.

Please do not hesitate to contact Frank Thompson, Careers Advisor, in one of the following ways:

Mob: 07823 326024 
Emailfrank.thompson@theglc.org.uk