Year 10 Work Experience
26th-30th June 2023
We are delighted to announce a return to work experience for all students in Year 10 this year. During this period, there will be no timetabled classes – each day all students will be expected to be undertaking work experience either virtually at home, or at the workplace of their host employer. There will be two employability days offered in school on Thursday 29th and Friday 30th June, please see below for details.
Work experience gives students the chance to learn about what type of job they might enjoy, and develop their CV in preparation for further education or employment applications. We know it can be one of the most transformational experiences young people have during their education.
Students (and their families) are asked to source their own work experience placements. The careers guidance team will do its best to support students in finding placements if they have been unable to find their own, but because we have limited resources, we expect to only be able to help a few students.
In person placements
Students are asked to find placements independently where possible. Students receive guidance in PSHE lessons, tutor time and year group assemblies about how to undertake this process.
WSE Work experience placements
Students are invited to apply for a number of roles at WSE from the placements listed in the link below. In order to apply, students should email Ms Bellamy: firstname.lastname@example.org. Students would write a short personal statement explaining why they would like the role and why they feel they are well-suited to the job description and required skills/traits.
Live Virtual Work Experience
Live virtual work experience entails students completing activities such as webinars, tasks and meetings online in real time. This allows for meaningful interactions with employers/work places and gives a realistic experience to students. Placements run from one to five days and students may wish to complete more than one placement during their week from the comfort of their own home.
There are a large number of live virtual work experience offers which run throughout the year which you will be able to search for independently. However, as a starting point, we recommend making use of the search feature on Speakers for Schools to help with this. You will be able to register for a free account and search for work experience by date. You can select Ms Bellamy as the teacher link when registering for work experience. Please use the link below:
Speakers for SchoolsAdditional links will be added as placements are advertised.
On demand virtual work experience
As referenced in the original letter to parents/carers, students are also able to opt to complete an on demand virtual work experience. This entails using pre-recorded webinars and completing activities online. Students will receive a certificate on completion and can work flexibly. Please use the link below to access the virtual work experience offers via Springpod and ahelpful guide to the process:
WSE employability days
In addition to physical or virtual work placements, students are also being offered two fantastic opportunities in school as detailed below. In order to register for a place students simply need to complete the short Google Form via the link.
Innovation Challenge, Thursday 29th June
Working with Innovate UK, STEM Learning and the STEM Ambassador network. Although this is a STEM Learning challenge, it is for a general audience and the focus is on essential skills rather than STEM-specific skills.
What this programme offers:
• A real work challenge – Students will identify a real problem and generate a solution. They will work in teams, present their idea and receive feedback from the judging panel.
• Developing skills – Students will learn the innovation process through a series of mini lessons and activities, culminating in a final pitch (of their invention or business idea) to be recorded for judging.
• Reward and recognition – The winning pitch from the school will be invited to a regional final in September (date TBC and this is optional to attend).
Army Information and Education Brief and Command Tasks, Friday 30th June
This morning session will entail students receiving a briefing about education in the Army, the UK's biggest Apprenticeship provider. Students will then complete a series of command tasks in the sports hall in order to experience a more hands on approach to life in the Army.
How to record your placement on Unifrog
If you can't access your school email, please follow the link below to set up your Unifrog account. Please note, you will need to use your school email address.