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Sixth Form Work Placement Guidelines

(This is currently under review following the retirement of the Work Placement Co-ordinator.  Students are supported by careers staff to find their own placements.)


Year 12 students are encouraged to participate in Work Placement. 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. Although school cannot take responsibility for placements which students find themselves, students will be given help, advice and support from school with regards to how to look for opportunities and how to contact employers.

Key Procedures

Work related placements can take place either during school holidays, at weekends or after school hours.

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.


Work Placement Legislation and Guidelines

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Health and Safety Executive