Year 10 students at Dormston School undertake one week of work experience during the Spring Term. This is complemented by a work-related topic in their Life Skills lessons.
The aims of the work experience programme are:
- to give pupils their first taste of the world of work;
- to give pupils their first taste of job-hunting;
- to develop pupils interpersonal skills in a work context;
- to help pupils to understand more clearly what careers they would like to have after school, and how they might achieve this.
HOW WORK EXPERIENCE WORKS
- the placement is organised and entered into our database;
- the school sends out Health and Safety Checks for every student;
- once approved, placements are finalised;
- Spring Term LSK: Pupils prepare for Work Experience;
- during Work Experience: Pupils complete their Work Experience booklets and are visited by a member of staff to check on how they are doing;
- Spring term LSK: Pupils go through a debrief of their Work Experience and write a letter of thanks to the company.
Pupils will be encouraged to find their own placement and liaise with their company contact to organise the placement themselves. The placement should be in an area of industry which interests them and is being considered for a possible career, although this is not always necessary.
In the past, pupils have undertaken placements many areas, such as:
- public services (Fire Service arranged by school).
HEALTH & SAFETY IN WORK EXPERIENCE
At Dormston, we are committed to making sure our pupils have an enjoyable work experience, but also a safe one. Along with Dudley Education Business Partnership (EBP), each placement is put through a Health and Safety Check. Pupils are not allowed to go on a placement that has not been checked.
During their placements, pupils are provided with a contact in the school if they have an issue. Many are visited by members of staff. Any issues or concerns with placements are addressed.
LEARNING, LIFE SKILLS & WORK EXPERIENCE
Work Experience forms the basis of careers education in year 10. During the Spring Term, pupils are prepared for and debriefed about their Work Experience placements. Pupils receive basic health and safety training and a booklet with information about what to expect.
Pupils are asked to come up with 3 targets for their week at work, which are revisited at the end of their placement. Pupils keep a diary of their experiences and evaluate them at the end. There is a section for parents and carers to fill in following the week, and an employer's report.
- Work Experience Administrator: Mrs Lorna Evans;
- Year 10 Tutor: Mrs Waldron.