Details of Work Experience Scheme
Unfortunately, there will be no Work Experience placements this year due to COVID-19 restrictions.
It is a requirement of the Work Experience Scheme that your organisation holds Public Liability and Employers Liability Insurance, and that these cover students on work experience placements: please provide confirmation of cover as detailed below. The preferred minimum level of cover is £2 million. If you do not hold this level of cover, please contact Mrs S Frazer so that the placement and the student's proposed activities can be reviewed.
Health and Safety:
Under the Health and Safety at Work Act, the employer is responsible for the students' safety on the premises. Employers must inform the school, (contact Mrs S Frazer), immediately in the event of any accident or injury to a student.
- Under the Health and Safety at Work Act, the employer is responsible for the students' safety on the premises.
Students will be in their last year of compulsory education.
Students would be treated as junior employees and would be expected to perform a useful job within their capabilities and within the scope of the law. Merely observing various people at work or participating in a training scheme would not meet the aims set. Work Experience schemes usually offer jobs which are clerical, unskilled or involve assisting skilled workers.
Students would receive no direct payment for the work they complete. Employers may wish to assist with certain expenses, such as extra fares or the cost of meals out of school, or to extend the benefits of any welfare schemes to students on work experience. Generally firms gain no financial benefit from having students and there can be no question of students being used as "cheap labour".
- Students will work normal daytime hours subject to a maximum of 40 in any one-week and no more than 8 in any one day (including breaks).
Preparation and follow-up:
Each student will receive guidance before attending each placement and will be expected to complete a Work Experience diary of their placement, this will be given to them by the school. Any assistance given to students completing this would be very much appreciated. On return to school a debriefing session will be held with students.
- A Work Experience Report Form covering punctuality, attitude, attendance, etc. will be sent to all employers to be returned to the school via the student or post.
A summary of the educational objectives of work experience are as follows:-
- promoting a knowledge of the industrial, commercial and public employers in the area and an understanding of how they function;
- assisting the development of personal and social skills such as the ability to operate in groups, to take responsibility, to relate to adults in a place of work and to adjust to a culture outside school;
- helping to motivate students by enabling them to see aspects of the curriculum as having meaning and relevance for their particular interests and aspirations;
- promoting realistic but challenging aspirations;
- assisting students in choosing a future occupation;
- the erasure of stereotyping;
- giving an understanding of the rewards and strains of employment.
Through first-hand experience of work, young people can see for themselves how different work places are organised, what the work processes are, what social relations at work are like, and the part that management and trade unions play at the work place. Work Experience should help young people to understand the expectations that employers and adult workers have of them, and how they themselves will fit into working patterns and working relations that are very different from those at school. It should help them to extend their social skills and encourage the self confidence needed by an adult in an adult world.
Organising Work Experience
There are two ways of organising work experience:
* Choose five companies from the listings on the Farlingaye SharePoint site and complete a Blue Form. A form can be downloaded from this site. Placements are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
* Or by organising a 'Private Placement'. These are places, which have not necessarily been advertised on the school list. It may be that your child wishes to work with you if you run your own business, or it may be that they would like to work at a friend or relatives place of work. They can also contact companies themselves to organise their own placements. If you wish your child to undertake a 'Private Placement', please fill in a Yellow Form. Please be aware that a person who is self employed does not have the necessary public liability insurance.
What your child needs to do next:
Choose 5 companies from the website in which they are interested in working.
OR organise a private placement and complete the yellow form.
To view Photos from last years Work Experience, please click here.