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Work Experience

Year 12 Work Experience

Work experience is very important: it provides our students with a real insight into the world of work, and presents them with a first-hand opportunity to develop the skills they will need to successfully make the next step in their career or education. It is central to the curriculum as a key part of the non-qualification activity.

It may comprise work experience, internships, taster days, as well as academic projects, or specific programmes to enable SEN students to prepare for adult life. Students also have access to a Careers Fair which brings our students into contact with the world of work.

In order to maximise the outcomes of work experience, it is important to be clear about the learning outcomes for students.

1. Generic skills: experiencing work, including following working routines, working with adults, undertaking new tasks, developing confidence. You may also wish to use the placements to focus on, for example, improving motivation by highlighting the links between learning in school and working life, or on raising awareness of opportunities in work or learning.

2. Understanding and developing employability skills.

3. Learning outcomes related to subjects. These are particularly relevant for students on vocational courses and are more often a feature of placements for post-16 learners. 

Further Information:
Post 16 Work Experience DfE Guidelines
Starting your search: November-December
Your work experience journey begins at the start of year 12. Once you have settled into your studies and the first half term is out of the way we begin your search. In November of Year 12 we will use an enrichment session to discuss the aims and benefits of work experience. This is when you will start thinking about possible placements and how they link with the subjects you are studying. Have a look at the attached PowerPoint which is used during the enrichment session and the letter sent home to parents/carers.
Enrichment PowerPoint: Work Experience
Work Experience Parent/Carer Letter
Preparation time: January-February
Now that you have thought about possible work placements it is time to start preparing your CV and cover letter. This is a very important stage as you will use these documents when you come to contact employers. We will use 3 enrichment lessons to prepare your CV and cover letter/email. Mrs Speed will have samples available which you can download from Show My Homework. Remember, when you have completed your CV and letter, email it to Mrs Speed to check over!
Making contact: March-April
Now comes one of the most important parts, making contact with employers. This can be done in several different ways. Most employers have website with a 'contact form' which you can use. Email is also very useful. Some students will decide to send a letter, this is most relevant if the employer does not have an email address. Failing all that pick up the phone or make face to face contact! Sometimes the direct approach is best. Again, Mrs Speed will be on hand to help you with your search. When you have confirmed a placement we will email the employers with all the necessary details including health and safety information and insurance details. We will also ask the employers for some more basic information to help you, including start times, dress code and lunch arrangements. You can see the email we send below.
Employer Email
Starting your work experience! July
Now that you have confirmed your placement it is time to start your work experience. At this stage it is important to remember the aims of this placement. Use the checklist below to make sure you are fully prepared. Remember a member of staff will always be on hand if you need any help during your placement.

Work Experience Checklist


West Derby School
364 West Derby Road
Liverpool L13 7HQ
Headteacher : Sian Graham Contact Member of Staff : Lorraine Rigby
Chair of Governors : Karen Callant SENCO : Helen Howe



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