One of our main aims at St Bernadette Catholic Secondary School is to prepare students for the world of work. We therefore expect all Year 10 students to organise a week’s worth of Work Experience in June each year.
We believe that Work Experience offers a number of benefits to the lives of our students: it raises awareness and understanding of the world of work; helps to inform decisions about future career paths; and, develops personal & social skills.
All students are encouraged to think carefully about the type of Work Experience they would like to undertake and how it will benefit their future career aspirations. This is done through their Tutor Group activities, and the support of their Tutors and Achievement Coordinators. Students are also encouraged to see this as a way to try and discern whether a particular type of career is what they can see themselves doing; whether that be the work, the hours, the people, the commute – anything that type of job might entail.
The organisation of these placements is firmly the responsibility of the students. The school can offer support to coach and offer ideas, but it will always come back to it being the students’ responsibility for their placements.
In order to confirm their placements, students need to have their prospective placements complete the Pre-Placement Check List and Employer Agreement and return to Mr Stutt. We legally require these forms as the school has a duty of care for students during work experience week. We also need to have proof that the placement follows Health & Safety protocols as well as holding Employer’s Liability and Public Liability insurance. It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that this information is correct as we will be using this to contact placements in the lead up to and during the week – particularly for staff visits.
The dates of this school year’s Work Experience are 24th-28th June.