Year 10 Work Experience

Monday 27 June to Friday 8 July 2016 (two weeks)

Key Dates

Return of own placement forms

Monday 22 February 2016

Issue of Forms confirming placement

Approximately week commencing Monday 25 April 2016

Health and Safety assembly

Dates to be confirmed

Students commence block placements

Monday 27 June 2016

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 proved to help 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 27 June 2016 until Friday 8 July 2016 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 a significant number of our students opt to find their own work experience placement.  This year more than ever before we cannot express the importance and need for this to happen. Although we are using BEP Group as our work experience provider they will only be responsible for carrying out a Health and Safety visit for each placement but will not be finding placements for the students.

Therefore, it is down to the student (with the help of our Careers Advisor, Frank Thompson) to find a suitable placement. Because of this, there is a possibility that some students will remain in school during this 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.

In order for the student to find their own placement they will need an 'Own Placement Form'Please pick up a form from outside Room 4-212 (next to the library) or download yours here.

Please do not hesitate to contact Frank Thompson, Careers Advisor: 01375 489000 ext 215 or directly by email: