Year 10 Work Experience

Please see below important information regarding Year 10 Work Experience which will take place between Monday 8 July to Friday 19 July 2019. 

It is important that you are aware of the online Work Experience Student Application Form and the procedures required in order to secure a suitable placement. To ensure you are fully informed of the process and dates, we encourage you to read the information provided below carefully.

Downloadable Documents

List of Previous Employers who have assisted with Placements

Sample Letter for students to use

Work Experience Agreement Form



Mrs Jackie Cinderey, Work Experience co-ordinator or the SGS Careers advisor are available to deal with questions and queries relating to work experience. 

E-mail - telephone on 01594 822257 ext 101.

Year 10 Block Work Experience

All students in Year 10 spend a minimum one week on work experience in July. 

What is it?

It is a placement on an employer’s premises where a student carries out duties or tasks more or less as would an employee.

Why do it?

Work experience gives young people the opportunity to develop valuable skills they will need in the work place. It increases their awareness of the working world and the expectations employers have of their employees.

Choosing a Placement

The school has a large database of local employers who provide placements on a regular basis. This means that there is a good range of placements to choose from.  The type of placements available tend to fall into the following categories:

  • Primary school or nursery placements
  • Catering/kitchen/restaurant and hotel work
  • Care homes
  • Animal placements – stables, kennels
  • Clerical/office based placements
  • Work shop placements – garage, repairs, assembly, warehouse
  • Construction trades – building, plumbing, electrical
  • Retail placements – shop work

Points to bear in mind when choosing a placement:

  • Find your own placement where possible – that way you’ll get the placement you want. Think of family friends or relatives who might be able to provide a suitable placement.
  • A placement does not have to be related to future career plans – the main aim of the experience is to develop confidence and begin to understand the world of work.
  • Sort out the placement early. Use the October half-term holiday to source a placement and complete the form.
  • Contact possible employers directly – write or call or visit them. Get an agreement from them and write it on the form. That way, you can guarantee your placement.
  • Speak to the Careers advisor or your Tutor about your plans.

Insurance and Health and Safety

Employers providing work experience placements must be approved by The Forest High School and have insurance to cover young people under the age of 16. All the information on health and safety is set out in the Information for Parents leaflet.

Work Experience Preparation and Review

Through the Careers sessions, students are briefed on;

  • Interview technique
  • Health and safety at work
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Dealing with difficult situations

The work experience is reviewed on the Monday after returning to school where students reflect on the learning outcomes of their placement and form an action plan for Year 11.

Work Experience Booklet

Students are asked to complete a record of their experience in a log book that is returned to school on the morning following work experience.

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