Introduction to Work Experience
As part of our Careers Education Advice Information and Guidance at Alder we are pleased to be able to offer the opportunity for all year 10 students to take part in a week of work experience. In academic year 2019/20 this will be 18th – 22nd May 2020.
To help maximising student success in gaining the best work experience possible, we will be working alongside work experience specialists ‘Changing Education’ who have an established database of over 25,000 tried and tested employers on an app called ‘CONNECT’. This variety allows them to ensure that placements match a student’s interests and ambitions providing a worthwhile experience for them with an opportunity to realise their potential. Students will need to download this app which takes them through the process step by staff. Further support will be given with how to do this in the launch assembly, form time tutor support and PSHE careers lessons to ensure all students are able to access the process.
Initially we will encourage students to find their own placement where possible as it develops good practice for the real world. It shows initiative and gives the employer a good first impression of the student, showcasing the student’s employability skills and personal attributes. If successful, this can in turn lead to good references, employment, a traineeship, apprenticeship or useful networking opportunities for the future. Taking advantage of local contacts through family and friends is advised. The deadline for self-placement will be the end of January 2020. Again, support will be given through PSHE lessons and form time about how to self-place and the app also provides a bank of resources to support this process.
If students are unsuccessful in finding their own work experience further support will be given.
If you wish to discuss work experience further please do not hesitate to contact Mr Eaton, Head of Careers at school.
Information about the CONNECT app