Work Experience at West Exe School
All students have an entitlement to work experience at West Exe School. This is normally taken at the end of the summer term in Year 10, when students will be in work experience for one week. The intention is for students to experience the world of work rather than make career choices! It is also an opportunity to put into practice the enterprise skills that they have developed in their lessons in the four years that they have been at the college
Ideally, our students will be innovative in their approach, and will make a start at the beginning of Year 10 in looking for something suitable. They should also be prepared to travel to give themselves the best opportunity in getting a placement that they want to do. You can find a letter which you can send to an employer asking if you can do work experience there further down this page.
For more details, please look at the Student Parent Guide 2017
In some cases, students will go on extended placements for a day a week during the whole of their upper school career. This is often part of the Learning for Life Programme.
Introduction to Work Experience 2017
It’s never too soon to start thinking about Work Experience, even though you are not due to go out on placement until July 2017.
Popular places fill up very quickly and West Exe is one of many schools out at this time, so the sooner you decide what you would like to do the better.
The first thing to remember is not to panic. It may seem scary to think about going out into the workplace, but this is a really valuable and exciting experience and if organised properly should go off without a hitch.
Things to remember
- This is your work experience – DON’T choose something because your friends are doing it – DO IT because it’s what you want to do.
- The majority of businesses only offer placements to one student at a time.
- It is up to you to find a placement, we can help, but you must write letters/or make phone calls, it is all part of the experience.
- Try to have lots of options – don’t limit your choices to only one profession.
- Any experience is better than none.
- Be prepared to try something new.
- DO NOT leave it till the last minute. Ask for help sooner rather than later.
- Most primary schools WILL NOT take ex pupils.
- As soon as you have a placement, let Mrs Rice know.
- Local authority sports centres (such as Clifton Hill etc.) do not take students under 16.
Writing your letter
It is important that your letter is professional-looking, contains no errors, is polite and respectful, and includes all the information an employer will need to decide whether to consider offering you a work experience placement.
The three model letters below can be downloaded and changed by you for your own details.
Still not sure? Check our FAQs below before asking Mrs Rice!
Have you heard back from the people I have written to?
As soon as I hear I will let you tutor know, either by email, or if the employer has sent it back I will put a copy of the Employer Risk Assessment in your tutors pigeonhole.
What form do I put with my letter?
The Employer Risk Assessment, your tutor should have copies.
I have found a placement, what do I do now?
Let Mrs Rice know the details, contact name, company name, address and telephone number. She will then arrange a Health and Safety check and send out confirmation to the employer.
What is my PIN number?
Your tutor has a list of the PIN numbers.
I haven’t heard from the people I have written to, what should I do?
Phone them, ask if they got your letter and if they did, are they able to help you with a placement.
Where is the sample work experience letter?
You can find the letter on the R drive – R:\WRL\work experience
Information for employers