During Enrichment Week all Year 10 and Year 12 students are expected to complete a work-based placement.
In 2019 work experience week will be Monday 8th July – Friday 12th July 2019.
Work experience is a wonderful opportunity for students to gain an insight into the world of work and learn new skills. This is a chance for students to demonstrate their employability – you can never have too much work experience on your c.v!
Here is a step by step guide to help you through the work experience process http://kinetonhighschool.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/work-experience-tool-kit-.pdf
The big challenge is finding an employer that is willing and able to offer a work based placement (stringent Health and Safety Regulations apply*). In order to encourage self responsibility we actively discourage students from relying on working with their parent/carer; however, we do encourage parents/carers to actively support their son/daughter in choosing and succeeding in their work based employment. All students are also supported by their Form Tutors and Mr Perkin and we are fortunate that a number of employers continue to support our work experience programme despite the tough economic conditions. Work experience placements confirmed for this July include Aston Martin, Wellesbourne Airfield, Legal and General Insurance, Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust and Guide Dogs charity.
Students should actively approach possible employers about work based placements during the summer before the year of their work experience week and submit the relevant forms in September. It is very important to start looking early and to approach a number of employers.
Year on year, Kineton High School students are able to feel proud of their achievements during their work placements. One year a student completed their work experience at an Architecture firm, the week involved designing a house for a customer based on a real life case study. Another student, on a Marketing work experience placement reviewed the company’s website and presented back how they thought it could be improved.
In a number of cases, work experience has even led to students being successful in gaining either an apprenticeship or more permanent position with their chosen employer. One student secured an apprenticeship with Aston Martin following their week of work experience. Another student impressed their employer so much they were offered a part-time job while they finished their studies at Kineton High School and then a full-time job after completing their GCSE’s.
* All placements have to undergo a health and safety check. School will pay for the cost of the checks for local placements in Warwickshire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire only. Parents will need to pay for checks for placements further afield which cost more (circa £30-£50) and can take longer to process.
Please find below the letter regarding work experience and other important documents which will need to be completed prior to the work experience placement:
Work Experience Week 2018. Where will you go?
Shakespeare Service Centre in Wellesbourne. Mallory Court Hotel.