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Work Experience

Work Experience is an important part of education for employability, which allows students to learn about the world of work in a "real life" working situation, while gaining the key skills needed within the workplace rather than a chance to try out an occupation they may want to follow.

The Lincolnshire & Rutland Education Business Partnership delivers the contract for work experience for students in the last 2 years of compulsory schooling, (from the beginning of year 10).

Normally, companies where a student has close family connections or where the student already has a part time job are not used.

As far as possible students should undertake real tasks to give them real experience of the work carried out, they should learn how a company is organised. Some students may observe more complicated tasks or tasks which are deemed too demanding for inexperienced students.

As well as experiencing the tasks of work, many students will learn about enterprise, creativity and innovation within the company to support business growth. A programme should be organised for the student, and the employer should monitor the student achievements. Each student should have a Work Experience Record provided by the EBP, which will direct and support both student and employer. The employer's input is extremely helpful to the student and local certification is decided upon the employers' contribution to the Work Experience Record book.

Parents/carers can offer valuable support in finding placements. Their written consent is needed before a placement can take place and confirmation that the risk assessment is acceptable. They will have information about the arrangements and will know how to contact the school if there is a problem during work experience. They will be asked about medical information, which could affect health, safety or welfare issues for their son or daughter whilst on placements.

Work experience organisers have a duty to assess the ability of a work experience placement provider to provide for a student's health, safety and welfare whilst on work experience.

Employers need to inform students of their main duties and tasks, the type of work, any specific associated risks and their control measures and remind the students of their responsibilities whilst on placement. Parents/ carers will also have to be told of these risks, it is recommended that the schools support the employers in this process and gain evidence of confirmation.

During preparation in school, students will learn about their health and safety responsibilities at work. This will be reinforced by employer induction, which takes place very early in the placement.

Each student's health should be considered before a placement is chosen; for example, someone with asthma would avoid dusty places. If a student is on medication the employer must be informed, The parents will be asked to provide medical information which may affect the safety and welfare of their son or daughter whilst on placement.

It is the responsibility of the employer to report any accidents, incidents or dangerous occurrences that occur on site following their normal procedures for reporting covering RIDDOR.

The employer must report such accidents or incidents to the school and a student's emergency contact number should be provided.

The school will arrange a visit to the student during the placement to check all is fine with both the employer and student.

Each school has a work experience co-ordinator who works closely with the EBP to ensure all systems and procedures are in place before, during and after work experience.

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Last updated: 13 August 2012

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