We organise over 1000 placement opportunities each year for young people in Peterborough and can be provided to other localities.
What is Work Experience?
- The opportunity for students from local schools to experience an employer’s work place for either one or two weeks or weekly over an extended period.
- Students carry out tasks which will give them an opportunity to gain valuable transferable skills and an insight into a variety of career paths.
- Work experience is an integral part of the school curriculum for students aged 14 – 18 years old.
- Every year in our local area over 1500 students go on work experience and hundreds of local companies support students with placements.
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How employers benefit
- Recruit young people – students can form a future recruitment pipeline for either full/part time work, apprenticeships or graduate schemes.
- Help prepare young people for the world of work and in particular, your sector.
- Provide staff with opportunities to develop their skills through supervising and mentoring young people.
- Promote the company within the local community.
- Gain new insight and ideas for businesses from a young person.
- Build links with local schools and learn more about the education and qualifications system.
How Students benefit
- Find out more about the world of work and how it differs from school.
- Find out how companies really work.
- Carry out real, meaningful tasks and learn new skills.
- Work with and be treated as an adult.
- Develop confidence and communication skills.
What does work experience involve?
- A member of The Skills Service Work Experience team will visit your company to set up the placement and agree the tasks the student will undertake whilst they are with you, along with the health and safety implications and safeguarding to ensure the placement is as safe, enjoyable and meaningful as possible.
- With your agreement, the placement details will be held on our database for schools and students to access.
- When a student expresses an interest in your company, the schools own coordinator will make contact with you via phone, email or post to see if the placement is available during their school dates.
- If you are able to offer a placement during the requested dates, the student will then contact you to make arrangements for an interview.
- The school will prepare students for their work experience and provide them with a diary or work book to gather information about their placement.
- During the placement a member of school staff will contact you to see how the student is progressing.
- The Skills Service Work Experience Team are able to support all employers during the time of the work experience
- On returning to school the students are debriefed and are encouraged to share their experiences
What we need from you as an employer:
- An overview of your company and meaningful tasks for the student
- Adequate supervision for the student
- Possession of Employers Liability and Public Liability Insurance
- Observation of appropriate legislation relating to Health and Safety and equal opportunities
- A commitment to fair and equal treatment of young people on the placement
- Support for the student with any workbook or assignment they may have
- A brief report on the student at the end of the placement
Employers should take account of the safeguarding of young people. The Skills Service includes an explanation of safeguarding as part of the duty of care visit. We will also leave you with an information sheet and poster to share with all staff working with young people. By following the guidance outlined in the information sheet, it should be possible to ensure that the placement is a secure and productive environment for both the provider and the student.
If your insurance company is a member of the Association of British Insurers or Lloyds, then your Employers Liability Insurance will cover a work experience student for the duration of the placement. The insurer must be notified that the employer is planning to take on work experience students. Where a student will be travelling in a vehicle for the purposes of work the vehicle should have business insurance with a competent driver.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) provides access to criminal record information through its Disclosure Service. However , in the vast majority of placements, since the employer / employees involved will not have regular unsupervised access to young people at work – there is no need for DBS checks to take place. Across the country, around 550,000 work experience placements take place each year and it is estimated that DBS checks take place for just 1% of these.
Students on work experience must not be paid as this is a curriculum activity, however employers can assist with travelling or lunch costs if they wish.
Peterborough schools can contact our Work Experience Co-ordinators on 01733 317493 or 317487 or email us via firstname.lastname@example.org.