Work Experience

Work experience is an excellent way to improve your confidence and skills, by letting you explore a range of different careers and see you enjoy them. It also helps your CV!

Students over the age of 14 can undertake work experience. Students under 18 need permission from a parent or guardian. All Year 11s will have work experience in the Autumn, and Year 12s will have work experience in the Summer.

YEAR 11 WORK EXPERIENCE  15 - 19 November 2021 Work Experience TBC

Please find below the Parent/Carer Information Letter which outlines the timetable of events that take place and details which forms need to be completed, and when, leading up to when students go out into the world of employment.  ALL parents/carers and students must complete the Student Application Form in order to participate in Work Experience week.  

There are 2 ways to secure Work Experience - either through a school arranged work placement OR by the student organising their own placement. Relevant documents are below in Key Documents; deadlines for returns of forms are detailed in the Parent/Carer Information Letter and on the forms.

OxLep (our County Provider) visit and check all student own placements and school arranged placements to check employer H&S[1] and Insurance etc. Their endorsement of a placement is essential if the placement is to proceed. 

We will keep parents/carers updated regularly between now and November as your support in finding the correct employer is paramount. Should you require any further information, please contact Mrs Nicky Mellings, Work Experience Coordinator at:  n.mellings@wgswitney.org.uk

KEY DOCUMENTS FOR YEAR 11 WORK EXPERIENCE

1. A Parent/Carers Introductory Letter which explains the process, types of placement and deadlines for return of forms - can be found TBC

2. A Student/Parent/Carer Agreement Form which MUST be completed by ALL students and returned by TBC - can be found TBC

3. Section A - School Placement Form - can be found TBC

4. Section B - Own Placement Form - can be found TBC

5. Work Experience Information for Parents & Carers - can be found TBC

Useful Documents:

OxLep Work Experience Handbook For Employers (Dec 2019) - can be found here  

OxLEP Work Experience Learner Handbook for Pupils (Dec 2019) - can be found here

If you have any problems accessing these documents, please contact the School Office.

Work Experience with Thames Valley Police

If you wish to undertake work experience at Thames Valley Police, you will need to identify a person within the Force who would be willing to support and organise the work experience for you. The Thames Valley Police employee should then email the People Services Help Desk, requesting the documentation they will require to assist with the organisation of the work experience.

Work Experience with Oxford Univerity Hospitals

The Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust offer a variety of work experience opportunities across their four hospital sites and have an open process to encourage all those interested in a future career within the NHS to apply. Those attending must be aged 16 years and above to attend clinical areas and aged 18 years and above to attend theatres - students aged over 15 years are restricted to administrative areas only where they may undertake clerical type duties. Hospitals are now gradually resuming Work Experience placements.  To apply for a placement see here . Students are actively encouraged to approach their preferred department via email enclosing a CV in order to request a placement: a list of departments is available from the above OUH webite (the majority of OUH email addresses are formatted as follows; firstname.surname@ouh.nhs.uk).  OUH encourage students to identify appropriate contacts via the department and services section to secure a placement.  Places are offered at the discretion of the various departments.  Do note the Trust charges the following administration fees (subject to change) :  £25 for one day of observation, £40 for longer placements and £30 for the summer and department programmes.

YEAR 12 WORK EXPERIENCE  19 - 23 July 2021

Year 12 Students find their own work experience placements.  

Please find below the Parent/Carer Information Letter which outlines the timetable of events that take place, the form which needs to be completed, and when, leading up to when students go out into the world of employment.  A copy of the Year 12 Student Own Placement Form must be handed to Mrs Mellings for our records.  

Parent / Carers Information Letter - To follow
Student Own Placement Form -  To follow 

Work Experience Employer Feedback Form - To follow

Useful Documents:

OxLep Work Experience Handbook For Employers (Dec 2019) - can be found here

OxLEP Work Experience Learner Handbook for Pupils (Dec 2019) - can be found here

If you have any problems accessing these documents, please contact the School Office.