Work Experience

Year 10 Work Experience

Work Experience is a memorable time in most people’s lives, which often can be remembered with fondness or dread! However, it is also a time that is vital in educating our young people about the ways of working life and helping develop their skills and character.

At Bishop Walsh work experience takes place at the end of Year 10 in the last two weeks before the summer holiday. In 2014, for our current Year 10 cohort, this will take place in the weeks beginning Monday 7th July and Monday 14th July. The process works such that the emphasis for finding places is with students. Students are given assemblies and information throughout the period from the end of Year 9 up to work experience itself to help them prepare. Over the summer holidays between Year 9 and Year 10 students are expected to contact employers that they could potentially spend their placements with by ‘phone, letters or in person. They are given until February half term of Year 10 to gain acceptance with an employer and return details of that placement to school on the ‘Work Experience Details Form’. We also have a database of previous contacts as a reference for students to use if they are struggling. All information is kept as reference for students on the school’s Virtual Learning Environment and they can also visit me for any additional help.

After a placement is found and accepted information for employers and parents is sent out by school and placements are health and safety checked for their suitability. Once placements are finally confirmed, instructional assemblies about the practicalities of work experience are given in school in the weeks leading up to students going out on placement. As a school we provide work experience diaries for students, which we expect to be filled in, and also ensure a member of staff visits or ‘phones each placement. Students at the end of their placements invariably enjoy their time and find it very rewarding time in which they have matured and learnt about the life of working businesses.

We have students going on a range of experiences on work experience, many go to old primary schools or to parents’ work places in offices. However, lots also search further afield and we have had students spending time with football clubs involved in their training activities, in multinational banks in the city of London, teaching horse riding lessons in Portugal and working the fashion industry in Paris! Students really need to think carefully about what they want to do later in life and what they enjoy and the key to success in work experience is searching and applying for work experience early!

Should you wish to find out any further information about work experience please contact me in school on 0121 3513215 or via

m.orourke@bishopwalsh.bham.sch.uk.

Mr O’Rourke