020 8590 2245

Ms J L Hamill (Headteacher)
45-65 Oaks Lane, Newbury Park
Ilford, IG2 7PQ

Work Experience

University, Apprenticeships and Careers Success: Work Experience


What is work experience? 


Work experience is an opportunity for Year 10 and Year 12 pupils to spend one or two weeks with an employer in the workplace. It gives them an opportunity to gain experience within a professional environment, learn new skills, gain confidence in their abilities, relate their learning to the workplace and help them make decisions about their future. 


What are the aims and objectives? 


Work experience placements offer our pupils many benefits and learning opportunities: 


  • Employability and key skills: insights into skills and attitudes required by particular sectors and employers; and an opportunity to develop, practise and demonstrate key skills in a work setting, in particular, in working with others, communication and improving their own learning and performance. 
  • Careers education and guidance: better understanding of changes in the world of work and the implications these have for their own careers. 
  • Personal and social development: development of increased maturity, with improvements in aspects such as motivation, self-confidence and interpersonal skills. 


What does it involve? 


The school will prepare students for this process through PSHE lessons, assemblies and tutor time activities. This includes: 


  • Guidance in contacting employers to find placements
  • Explanation of the school work experience procedures
  • Working through a preparation programme, which includes information on interview skills and Health and Safety


Finding a placement


Pupils are encouraged to find their own placement, or parents may be able to source a suitable placement for their son/daughter. For comprehensive guidance documents click here for y10 and y12


It is important that when organising your own placement you are satisfied the company has the correct insurance status and are aware of welfare issues for students under 16 years of age (for year 10s) i.e. not being left alone with a single adult or travelling alone with a single adult. 


Students must complete a ‘self placement’ form in order to undertake work experience. The deadline for this will be communicated to students in school.

The form can be found here 

How can you help? 


  • Help your child find a placement (we will be advertising opportunities in the newsletter each week)
  • Sign and return the placement form promptly 
  • Ensure that both the school and employer are notified if the pupils is unable to attend on the designated days 
  • Encourage the pupil to have a positive approach to the placement, even if it isn’t quite what they expected
  • Ensure that they are wearing appropriate clothes for their placement 
  • Look at this website for possible placements https://www.s4snextgen.org/


For our student and parent support pack click here

Comprehensive guidance documents have been Groupcalled to parents and emailed to students.

We hope you have found this information useful. If you require any further information please contact:

Ms O’Connor moconnor@oakspark.redbridge.sch.uk

Careers team careers@oakspark.redbridge.sch.uk 

Tel: 0208 5902245

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