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Work experience managers guidance

We're committed to supporting and providing high quality work experience placements.


Work experience is designed to give people a more realistic insight into the world of work, providing an opportunity for them to:

  • learn about working life and the skills and attitudes required by employers
  • develop vocational skills
  • enhance their understanding of the importance of the school curriculum to their own ambitions
  • develop self-reliance, flexibility and the ability to work with others
  • raise awareness of company structures and career options
  • develop career planning skills

The benefits it provides, include:

  • influences the quality and preparedness of people joining the labour market
  • informs people about career structures
  • promotes vocational qualifications and training opportunities
  • develops an understanding of the current education system through links with local schools and teachers
  • raises the profile and image in the community and within the workforce
  • enhances the development of managers and other employees

The guidelines and forms attached to this page will help you plan and structure the placement to suit the needs of the individual. They will also help you to evaluate the placement once it has finished.

It's recommended that you read the documentation before the placement starts to familiarise yourself with any council or legal requirements.

School placements will be automatically risk assessed if recorded on the schools' work experience database via the schools' intranet. Most of our premises are covered by generic risk assessments but if in doubt contact your health and safety officer for advice.