"Find your passion and your success will follow"
Work Experience is an incredibly valuable programme, where students are given a wonderful opportunity to gain an insight into their chosen or potential career path, and into the world of work. The programme helps students build and develop their employability skills, gain essential first-hand experience, and stand out in their applications to 6th Forms, Colleges, Universities, and potential Employers.
We are fully committed to supporting your child through this programme, but equally their commitment is essential. Your child will be expected to contact and arrange their own placement and secure their own work experience opportunity. Students will be representing their academy, so we expect the usual high standards from them all. Employers must be contacted in both a professional and respectful manner.
Research has shown that young people are more likely to be successful in finding employment when they have a proven track record of work experience. Taking part in the Work Experience Programme shows motivation and interest. Sometimes, work experience proves that the job or industry is not for you, this is good as you have tried it, identified skills that you need, learned what you enjoy doing and what you don’t enjoy doing. It is also about networking and possibly building up contacts for the future. You never know, it might lead to future employment or recommendations.
Your child should now be thinking about, and starting to arrange their own work experience placement for our programme taking place week commencing Monday the 4th July 2022. They should be getting ideas, thinking about their interests and what they hope to gain from their placement.
We work alongside Telford & Wrekin Council’s, Education Business Links Team (EBL), who govern whether students can go out on work experience. The EBL Team ensure businesses offer valuable placements and carry out the required Health and Safety checks ensuring a safe environment is provided to students. The team tell us whether a placement is suitable and decide whether a student can take part in this experience. Any decision made by The EBL Team will be fully supported by the Academy.
To help assist your child with their journey, we are pleased to be able to give them access to the EBL Database. This database contains the details of many employers who have offered work experience placements in the past. Your child can access this database from the following link https://dac.telford.gov.uk/workexperience/ to start their search for potential work experience placements. Full training on how to use this Database will have been provided, but a Student Guide will be emailed to child once access has been granted.
It is important that students contact employers themselves by either phone, letter, or email, as this is all part of their experience and builds on their communication skills. Students will usually be expected to write a letter of application and send a CV along with it. Do not forget there may well be other Schools trying to arrange their work experience placements too – so remember to stand out in your application and not to leave it too late.
Students must remember to include:
- Which Academy they are from and the contact details
- The name of their Work Experience Co-ordinator (Mrs Hoof)
- The dates of their placement (4th – 8th July 2022)
- Their name and contact details
- The reasons for their interest in their chosen company
- Anything else that will help them stand out in their application
All employers must have Employers Liability Insurance in place, and able to provide evidence of this. Without this insurance the EBL Team will not approve any business. This is to ensure the necessary insurances are in place should anything happen. It is essential your child checks with their employer that they have the relevant insurance in place covering a work experience placement before they submit any placements to the academy for approval.
Once a placement and the insurances have been confirmed by the Employer, your child will need to enter their placement details onto the EBL Database to request Approval by the EBL Team.
To add details onto the database, students will need to know the following information:
- Name of Business
- Contact name
- Full postal address
- Phone number and email address
- Which department they will be working in/type of placement
It is important that placements are arranged quickly, and that we receive the information as soon as possible. The EBL Team will need to carry out a Health & Safety check well before the start of the placement – usually 3 months before the start date.
It is therefore essential that all placements are arranged and confirmed by the Employer no later than: Friday 27th May 2022. Your child must inform the employer of any medical conditions or any additional requirements they may need during their placement too.
We understand this can be a nervous time for your child, but we hope they are able to see the huge benefits and make the most of this rewarding opportunity. We look forward to supporting them through their work experience journey and hearing all about it.
As always, if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Mrs Tracey Jayne Hoof
Cover/Data/Work Experience/Careers Co-ordinator
Tel: (01952) 387300
Direct: (01952) 387303
Ercall Wood Academy
Golf Links Lane, Telford, TF1 2DT
The form also provides us with a point of contact for the placement allowing us to make a visit or telephone call to ensure that all is going well.
Telford & Wrekin Council have issued guidelines categorising placements into low, medium and high risk. Many large Companies, Schools and Nurseries already have rigorous health and safety checks in place so would be classed as low risk and would not require a check.
Medium risk placements such as those at a hairdresser, warehouse, riding stable or gym may require a visit if they have not hosted a work experience student before or do not employ apprentices.
High risk placements such as those in agriculture or construction would require a visit should they fall into the same category as above.
High risk and some medium risk employers are referred to Shropshire Education Business Link to undertake checks on our behalf.