Work Placement Guidelines
Year 12 students are encouraged to participate in the Work Placement Programme. This offers the opportunity to "shadow" a professional at work.
Work placements offer students a valuable chance to find out more about their interest in future career pathways whilst providing an opportunity to observe professionals in their actual working environment. The experience generally helps students to develop enterprise and employability skills, such as communication, organisation and teamwork.
An increasing number of degree courses and careers require evidence of relevant experience. In a competitive world, this is a good way for students to make their application stand out to admissions tutors and prospective employers.
Wherever possible students are encouraged to seek their own placement opportunities. However, they will be given help, advice and support from the Work Placement Team who will make necessary health and safety checks and formalise arrangements for any placements organised through school.
- Work related placements can take place either during school holidays, at weekends, after school hours or during a period of extended study leave, 10th to 14th June 2012
- All students have a guarantee of one placement, for which school will make the necessary enquiries with regard to health, safety, insurance and safeguarding.
- Details of the guaranteed placement, and any other placements undertaken during school hours (including during study leave), must be submitted for checks and approval by school. School will inform parents of placement arrangements once they are checked.
- Beyond the guaranteed placement arranged by school, students may also wish to make their own private placement arrangements. The School will have no involvement in or responsibility for such private arrangements.
- We feel sure that you will support your son/daughter in acquiring this experience. Your signature on the work placement application form will authorise all 6th form work placements.
A copy of the handout given to students regarding work related learning procedures can be downloaded here.
Work Placement Legislation and Guidelines
Students and trainees, including young people aged 16-18, on work placements are regarded in health and safety law as employees. Students on work placements must be provided with the same health, safety and welfare protection given to other employees.
We have included the main links below for your information:
Health and Safety Executive
Work Related Learning and the Law
The Work Related Learning Guide (Second Edition)
A guidance document for employers, schools, colleges, students and their parents and carers. Please click on the PDF link (in red) below to download the document.