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Work Experience

Work Experience occurs for a week in Year 12.

This year it will take place from the 6th July – 10th July 2020

Organising your own placement

Students organise a placement for a week, on the above dates. We advise that it is relevant to a career aspiration they have.

They must complete the Own Placement Information Form, with the placement details and either email to Mrs Hill on elizabeth.hill@sjwms.org.uk or print off and hand in to her in Room 603 - Silent Study room.

They must provide all the information that is asked for on the form.

They must supply this information by the following dates:

Placements organised outside Kent / in London by Thursday 13th February 2020.

Placements organised in Kent by Friday 3rd April 2020.

Please note: These dates are contractual and not negotiable. Any information received after these dates will not be sanctioned and students will not be eligible to attend. These dates are set by our partners, Medway Education Business Partnership, who organise the Health and Safety checks for all the Work Placements on behalf of the school.

They also provide a selection of placements for students who do not manage to arrange an Own Placement.

If students need advice on how to contact or approach a business and what to say, please speak to Mrs Hill.

Please ensure that they do not organise any trips, University visits or appointments during the week.

Please click here to view the WORK EXPERIENCE PRESENTATION

Please click here for the work experience OWN PLACEMENT INFORMATION FORM

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who organises Work Experience?

Students are strongly encouraged to arrange their own placements (with some parental assistance) which are subject to Health and Safety checks by Medway Education Business Partnership. They also arrange appropriate job descriptions with the company you put forward.  However, MEBP can also provide work experience placements for students on behalf of the school, where necessary.

Why ask students to organise their own placements?

We want students to organise their own placements wherever possible. The whole experience the students gains, outweighs placements where they are asked to just select from a provided list. From company research, identification and selection, approaching and communicating with an employer, self-organisation, regular travel and attendance, to log book completion. This all builds confidence and provide students with the satisfaction that they completed the process independently, and really helps inform a career path. 

It also provides students with relevant work experience that they have organised, which in an increasingly competitive job market helps to equip them with the confidence for University interviews or Apprenticeship and job applications. Previous students have communicated how beneficial their Work Experience was, although it was not necessarily realised at the time. Having to seriously think about their careers, explore different types of career paths, employer contact and gain a valid work experience, focused their minds on the options open to them. It also provided relevant experience for their University applications and Personal Statements, Apprenticeship applications and CVs.

Students on Work Experience have also benefitted from Companies going on to offer them  student Internships whilst at University, summer and weekend work and Degree Apprenticeships based soley on their week with them. It is the start of the students understanding of the real working world and highlights the importance of effective communication and networking.

For students who do not manage to organise their own placements, we provide them with a selection of MEBP local placement’s to choose from.  These are also beneficial, and give sound work experience however they may not offer the breadth of subjects or career paths the student may wish to experience.

Why ask for a donation of £30 for students who have organised their own placements?

We currently pay £35 per head for all our students to attend Work Experience. On top of that we pay a further £35-75 a head (industry dependent) for each student who organises their own placement, for a Health and Safety check on the business they wish to attend.  The voluntary £30 payment helps us offset some of the schools costs. Last year we had 110 students successfully organise and attend own Work Experience placements.

Do MEBP offer a choice of placements?

Yes, if your son or daughter does not organise an own placement, they can make up to 4 selections from the MEBP list subject to availability. These are allocated on a first come served basis and are available from the beginning of May.

When are parents and students notified of the placement?

Parental consent forms and Job descriptions are issued from the 8th June onwards.  Parental consent forms must be signed and returned as soon as possible. In they are not signed and returned by a parent, the student may not attend.

In the rare event that a placement falls through, students are offered the opportunity to reselect from the MEBP places that are still available. Very occasionally there may be no availability, in which case students attend school for the week as normal but participate in different activities.

What should I do if my son or daughter doesn’t like the placement she is offered?

Students often do not understand what a placement has to offer until they have tried it. In most cases they have originally chosen it and need to be encouraged to attend. The basic idea of work experience is to gain an experience of work in some form and although they may think it is not the ideal placement for them, they will learn. Indeed they often learn more from an experience outside their expectations and comfort zone. 

Who do they contact if there is a problem whilst on the placement?

Students  first point of contact is Mrs Hill, who can be reached at the school by email on elizabeth.hill@sjwms.org.uk (the week of work experience,at any time) or by telephone during school hours on 01634 844008 ext. 241

What if my son or daughter is sent home from the placement?

You must contact the school immediately. The school will contact MEBP. Legally students attending work experience are still involved in a school activity.

Will my son or daughter be visited at placement by someone from the school?

The WEX Co-ordinator, supported by school colleagues, will make every attempt to contact all placements during work experience week.

What is the Work Experience Log Book?

This is a log book designed for the student to record the daily activities and experiences of their placement and that helps them to identify and develop specific skills. There is a section for employer feedback and parental feedback. The book is handed in at the end of the placement to Mrs Hill. All sections must be completed.

Excellence Award

This is further to the Log book and is a certificate issued to excellent students. To apply for this students must inform Mrs Hill of their intention to obtain it, complete a separate section in the Log book and write a report on their placement, with evidence of interviews and further information concerning their placement.

My son/daughter gets free school meals – will a lunch be provided at the placement?

No - they will need to take a packed lunch with them unless the employer states otherwise.

My Son /Daughter gets a free bus pass- will this be valid for the placement?

No.