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Work Experience


As part of the government’s national curriculum, our Year 11 students will be involved in a Work Experience Placement from Monday 21 October to Friday 25 October 2019.

This is an important part of the school’s curriculum and the benefits students gain from being in an adult working environment can play a vital role in their successful transition from school to work; it may also offer an insight into a career, part time or even full time work, or a training place.

To ensure an enjoyable and successful placement it is important that students identify the nature of the work they would like to discover.     

In previous years, most students have contacted an employer themselves.  Many companies and organisations prefer this, they feel the student has shown both interest and initiative.  In the majority of cases our students have had a very rewarding and enjoyable work experience placement and most employers speak highly of the contribution made by our students.

In the past, placements have been arranged in:- 

  • Engineering/Mechanical work
  • Retail - working in shops, supermarkets etc.
  • Office/Administration work
  • Catering/Tourism/Leisure/Sport
  • Factory/Practical/Workshops
  • Outdoor/Farming/Landscape Work
  • Legal work e.g. solicitors, The Courts
  • Community Work/Primary Schools/
  • Nursery Schools
  • Charity Shops/Organisations
  • Working with the elderly/handicapped
  • Conservation Work
  • The Media e.g. newspapers, television, radio

Most companies will only take 1 student per week, and the Stafford high schools all choose a different week to organise work experience.  However, as you can imagine, many companies are approached for work experience placements many times during the year so it is important for students to make contact with an employer as soon as possible.

Students can really go anywhere for their placement, although we must consider safety, transport arrangements and availability.  Once a student has secured their own placement, they must supply the school with a name and address as we will need to write to the company/organisation to confirm the arrangements and to ensure that the necessary insurance is in place.  Employers accepting a student on work experience need to have Public Liability and Employers Liability insurance.  For the majority of companies this is standard practice, but some sole traders, who do not employ anyone else, may not have this insurance.

We have built up a database of the companies and organisations who have accepted our pupils in the past and will write to many of these companies and ask them to support us again in offering another placement.  Should your child experience any difficulties in finding contacts and addresses, or indeed in securing a placement, do ask them to come and see Miss Hughes (ahu@bwh.staffs.sch.ukin the main office who will provide as much support as possible.

Word icon Sample letter requesting Work Experience placement

 Word icon  Work experience Form