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Careers And Work Experience

Our Careers Framework:
Student planners have dedicated pages for students to consider their future
• Y7 Competence – The Real Game, includes considering future employment
• Y8 Citizenship – Careers lessons in Spring Term
• Y9 Citizenship – Careers lessons before introducing options and how to select GCSE courses, y9 meet the employers morning [summer term], independent adviser is available at y9 options eve
• Y10 – Citizenship Careers morning, Work experience week with prebriefing and debriefing
• Y11 – individual and group interviews with adviser, individual interviews re sixth form or other plans with staff member
• Y12 – Careers lessons in Citizenship, UCAS planning, introduction to Apprenticeships and the World of Work, work experience week
• Y13 as y12 with addition of employer and Ucas interview practice
Impartial advice is offered through face to face interviews and using online materials

What other opportunities do we offer:
• participation in events such as RockinUrTeens – raising girls´ aspirations, Sussex StemFest – y10 careers in STEM, Takeover Challenger
• curricular visits to the workplace – science and ICT have recently taken groups on visits
• range of dynamic extra–curricular activities to support skill development, students´ participation tracked
• outside speakers in Citizenship from such groups as Speakers for SchoolsWork Experience
Work Experience takes place every year in March for Year 10 students. This is co-ordinated by Mrs Wallbridge, whose direct phone number is 01243 558210.

Why is Work Experience important?
Young people need to be prepared for the world of work. Employability skills cannot be fully developed in the classroom so experience in the workplace is essential. Work Experience can support students in a number of ways including:
• Increasing confidence, self-esteem and independence
• Giving an opportunity to demonstrate personal qualities
• Learning new skills
• Raising aspirations
• Working with adults other than teachers
• Understanding Health & Safety in the workplace
• Providing evidence for employment or further education interviews
• Confirming an interest in a particular career area.

How is Work Experience organised?
Initially, students are encouraged to find their own placements. We may be able to suggest possible placements from Chichester College´s approved list. It is not always possible to find a placement which is directly related to a students specific career ideas. However, from previous experience we know that any purposeful, structured work experience is of benefit to young people as it contributes to their employability skills regardless of whether they are intending to follow that particular career path

Will my child have to have an interview?
Some employers require this, or ask for a written application to be made before they will confirm a placement.

What if the placement we have found is not approved?
We will take no responsibility if a parent insists on their child going to a placement that has not been approved and the student´s absence from school will be marked as unauthorised.

What hours will my child work?
Students are expected to work the hours of the business, up to 8 hours a day, and in some cases e.g. hotels and sports centres they may be asked to work shifts. Most employers are happy to negotiate shorter working hours in special circumstances. You will be advised of the hours of work on the agreement form before the placement commences.

Will my child be paid for the work they do?
Payment of students on Work Experience is not permitted as it invalidates insurance. Some employers may help towards lunch and travel costs.

How will my child get to their placement?
School does not arrange travel to and from the placement. If it is possible, independent travel is an important part of supporting students towards adult life. It is useful to encourage your child to do a trial run of the journey beforehand.

What about Health and Safety?
Details of any risk factors associated with the placement will be sent home with the agreement form, for your information. Students must obey the employer´s safety regulations whilst at the placement. Under the law a student is an employee whilst on Work Experience and has the responsibility for both his/her own health and safety and that of colleagues in the workplace. As for all employees, the employer has the responsibility of checking that the student understands the regulations and ensuring that adequate supervision and training is always given. All students will receive an appropriate Health and Safety briefing in school before they start their placement.

How will the school know how my child is getting on?
Contact is maintained by either telephone or personal visit by a member of staff. Both the employer and monitoring staff will complete a report for school and student records.

What if my child is ill, or needs time off from the work placement?
If your child is unable to attend their workplace on any day, please contact the employer to let them know and also please telephone the school. This ensures that we know the whereabouts of all students and any member of staff who is visiting can change their arrangements if necessary.

What happens after Work experience?
Whilst on Work Experience students complete a Log Book. Their experiences are used as the basis for follow-up work in school

Contact Us

St Philip Howard Catholic School
Elm Grove South
West Sussex
PO22 0EN

Telephone: 01243 552 055
Fax: 01243 552 900
Email: office@sphcs.co.uk