At Herne Bay High students undertake Work Experience in Year 10 and in Year 12 and this meets Gatsby Benchmark 6. Work Experience should be unpaid and separate from a student’s ‘normal’ part time employment to allow them to develop as a person and experience a different industry sector.
Benchmark 6: Experiences of workplaces
Every student should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks
A work placement is a student’s opportunity to spend a period of time outside the classroom, learning about a particular job or area of work and experience the workplace. Work experience can help a student decide on their options for after year 11 and beyond. Students will be able to develop and show evidence of vital skills such as self-confidence, communication, independence, and a variety of others, depending on what kind placement they undertake.
In Year 10, the placement is organised by an external provider and is undertake in Term 6 and should provide students with a realistic idea of the workplace with a view to aiding their exploration of career opportunities and expanding their network.
In Year 12, the placement is organised by the student allowing them the freedom and scope to apply for a more focus pathway relating to their potential onward destination Post 18. Students document all information using the placement tool in Unifrog.
Guidance regarding Work Experience can be found here: Young people at work - work experience - HSE
All students should keep a reflective journal throughout their Work Experience placement to allow then to learn from their experience.