Work Experience – Why do it?
Work experience enables students to gain important insights into their career interests and can help them with their future decision making. Students will have the opportunity to understand the work environment, practice employability and interpersonal skills, prepare for employment and add value to their CV, cover letters and personal statements.
Benefits of immersive work experience include networking opportunities and written references for Post-16, Post-18 and employment as competition for jobs, apprenticeships and University is very high.
Students must find their own placement. We encourage students to ask their parents/carers, families and friends for help finding placements. Advice and support is always available from The Leigh Academy careers team.
Companies must have Employer Liability Insurance. Lone workers, including the self employed will not have Employer Liability Insurance and we therefore are unable to allow work experience with the company/person unless it is immediate family.
It is a mandatory requirement for any employee who works with a student on a one-to-one basis to have an Enhanced DBS Certificate. Failure to provide this document will result in the placement being unauthorised.
Your child will receive a yellow Work Experience Form following their work experience assembly. This must be completed in full and the undertaking read and signed by the student and parent/carer.
Deadline to return completed Work Experience Forms is Friday 24th February 2023 but many students choose to return the forms earlier due to the high level of competition for places.
If your child is asked to provide a CV and/or cover letter, templates can be found in the Job Ready section on The Leigh Careers Bulletin:
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Mace-Baker firstname.lastname@example.org, Work Experience Coordinator or Mr Williams, Careers Lead.
Mr M Williams