What are work placements/experience?
Work placements are a period of supervised work, where students have the opportunity to experience working in a specific role within a company.
- Work placements are carried out on the employers’ premises.
- Students will carry out a range of tasks or duties; as would an employee; but with the emphasis on the learning aspects of the experience.
- Work placements offer students the opportunity to gain a better understanding of and be more prepared for life in the workplace.
- Work placements are available to all students and authorised on an individual basis.
Why are work placements important?
Work placements can contribute to a student’s careers education, personal development and social skills acquisition. They also help students in their understanding of a particular subject or course and the gaining of key skills for a specific career.
These opportunities introduce learners to the world of work and improve the employability of young people.
Colleges and Universities are increasingly looking for evidence that students have undertaken a satisfactory work placement.
How are they organised?
- The school considers work placements on an individual basis.
- Students need to identify a potential employer in an industry relevant to their career ideas.
- Students to approach and speak to the potential employer to organise their work placement.
- Students to provide details of the potential work placement to the Careers Coordinator for each placement to be authorised.
- All work placements will be carried out during school holidays.
What happens during work placement?
Employers are asked to provide the following during work placements:
- A planned programme of work which introduces learners to the workplace.
- Set tasks for students to carry out.
- Time for students to observe tasks and activities.
- Opportunities for students to review their experience.
The school will monitor progress during placements and review the experience on return to school.
Health & Safety
Both the school and employer take reasonable care to ensure that work placements meet certain standards in terms of health and safety and insurance arrangements. All placements receive a pre-placement visit from a health and safety qualified member of school staff.
Organising your child’s work placement
If assisting in the organisation of a work placement for your child; you will need to ensure that the work placement organisation has relevant Health & Safety and Insurance arrangements in place.
In exceptional circumstances, when there is no opportunity for a Health & Safety check by the school; and the student still wishes to attend; then the school will require parents or guardians to sign a disclaimer in full knowledge that the school has no liability should anything happen.