The date for Years 10 and 12 pupils taking part in a week of work experience will be confirmed in January 2021.
For most pupils this will be the first opportunity they have to experience the world of work and to gain the valuable experiences that both Universities and employers seek from school leavers. Many University courses and employers will stipulate a placement as a condition of the entrance requirements and therefore this week is a vital part of their preparations for life beyond the Sixth Form.
It is important that students select a placement that is relevant to their chosen career path or course and not one that isn’t beneficial to their future plans.
As part of the process your son/daughter will organise their own placement, completing the online form Webview via https://medway.learnaboutwork.org so that our work experience company MEBP can confirm the placement. Log in and Pins were sent home. If you are having trouble loggin in please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Travel: Students will ha/ve to make their own way to their placement. Kings Ferry are offering free travel for students working in London. Please see their website for more details.
|Students who are sourcing their own placements will be required to enter the following information onto Webview:
After these cut off dates MEBP cannot accept any further ‘own’ placements and students will need to select one from the system.
(These periods of notice are required to be sure of reaching all providers to arrange the checks before the date students can access all the placements. The longer period for placements outside Medway is necessary because other agencies provide the checks in these cases and they require a minimum of 16 weeks’ notice to guarantee checking in time).
3 Feb if outside Kent
27 March if in Kent
|MEBP will populate Webview with sufficient placements for every student and the system will ‘Go Live’ at the end of office hours on this day||
|Students make four selections each, in order of preference, taking note of the traffic lights system. The School Co-ordinator will finalise the students’ selections, ensuring the placements allocated are suitable to the students’ abilities and needs. After the time allotted to this the system will lock and no further selections or alterations can be made.
Immediately after this Job Descriptions and Parental Consent Forms are to be produced through the system and sent to all parents /carers – these MUST be signed and returned to the school before placements commence.
At this time MEBP sends Final Confirmation Letters to the employers, with Job Descriptions including the students’ names, dates of birth and health and other conditions where relevant.
Unavoidably, a small number of employers cancel placements at the last minute. MEBP will notify the school as this happens and the affected students will be required to reselect from those placements still unused.
You will be kept informed of the details of your son/daughter’s placement; however please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries at any stage during the process.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Who organises Work Experience?
Students are strongly encouraged to arrange their own placements (with some parental assistance) which are subject to Health and Safety checks by Medway Education Business Partnership. They also arrange appropriate job descriptions with the company you put forward. However, MEBP can also provide work experience placements for students on behalf of the school, where necessary.
Why ask students to organise their own placements?
We want students to organise their own placements wherever possible. The whole experience the students gains, outweighs placements where they are asked to just select from a provided list. From company research, identification and selection, approaching and communicating with an employer, self-organisation, regular travel and attendance, to log book completion. This all builds confidence and provide students with the satisfaction that they completed the process independently, and really helps inform a career path.
It also provides students with relevant work experience that they have organised, which in an increasingly competitive job market helps to equip them with the confidence for University interviews or Apprenticeship and job applications. Previous students have communicated how beneficial their Work Experience was, although it was not necessarily realised at the time. Having to seriously think about their careers, explore different types of career paths, employer contact and gain a valid work experience, focused their minds on the options open to them. It also provided relevant experience for their University applications and Personal Statements, Apprenticeship applications and CVs.
Students on Work Experience have also benefitted from Companies going on to offer them student Internships whilst at University, summer and weekend work and Degree Apprenticeships based soley on their week with them. It is the start of the students understanding of the real working world and highlights the importance of effective communication and networking.
For students who do not manage to organise their own placements, we provide them with a selection of MEBP local placement’s to choose from. These are also beneficial, and give sound work experience however they may not offer the breadth of subjects or career paths the student may wish to experience.
Does work experience cost the school money?
Yes, we currently pay £35 per head for all our students to attend Work Experience. On top of that we pay a further £35-75 a head (industry dependent) for each student who organises their own placement, for a Health and Safety check on the business they wish to attend. We do not ask for a contribution from parents but we just ask for students to attend their placement.
Do MEBP offer a choice of placements?
Yes, if your son or daughter does not organise an own placement, they can make up to 4 selections from the MEBP list subject to availability. These are allocated on a first come served basis and are available from the beginning of May.
When are parents and students notified of the placement?
Parental consent forms and Job descriptions are issued from the 8th June onwards. Parental consent forms must be signed and returned as soon as possible. In they are not signed and returned by a parent, the student may not attend.
In the rare event that a placement falls through, students are offered the opportunity to reselect from the MEBP places that are still available. Very occasionally there may be no availability, in which case students attend school for the week as normal but participate in different activities.
What should I do if my son or daughter doesn’t like the placement she is offered?
Students often do not understand what a placement has to offer until they have tried it. In most cases they have originally chosen it and need to be encouraged to attend. The basic idea of work experience is to gain an experience of work in some form and although they may think it is not the ideal placement for them, they will learn. Indeed they often learn more from an experience outside their expectations and comfort zone.
Who do they contact if there is a problem whilst on the placement?
Students first point of contact is Mrs Lock, who can be reached at the school by email on Suzanne.Lock@hundredofhooacademy.org.uk or by telephone during school hours on 01634 251443.
What if my son or daughter is sent home from the placement?
You must contact the school immediately. The school will contact MEBP. Legally students attending work experience are still involved in a school activity.
Will my son or daughter be visited at placement by someone from the school?
The WEX Co-ordinator, supported by school colleagues, will make every attempt to contact all placements during work experience week.
What is the Work Experience Log Book?
This is a log book designed for the student to record the daily activities and experiences of their placement and that helps them to identify and develop specific skills. There is a section for employer feedback and parental feedback. The book is handed in at the end of the placement to Mrs Hill. All sections must be completed.
This is further to the Log book and is a certificate issued to excellent students. To apply for this students must inform Mrs Hill of their intention to obtain it, complete a separate section in the Log book and write a report on their placement, with evidence of interviews and further information concerning their placement.
My son/daughter gets free school meals – will a lunch be provided at the placement?
No – they will need to take a packed lunch with them unless the employer states otherwise.