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Work Experience & Careers

Students at Winterbourne Academy have the opportunity to participate in a week long (up to) Work Experience placement as part of their ongoing careers education and preparation for the world of work.

The benefits of Work Experience for students:

  • Gain skills from researching and organising their placement;
  • Personal experience of the demands of being an employee;
  • Improves understanding of the employer’s sector of industry;
  • Improves awareness of routes into careers;
  • Develops key employability skills;
  • Improves confidence and independence;
  • Helps learning to be applied in the wider community and helps further progression;
  • Contributes towards academic achievement.

When to go:

Year 10 students will be allowed to take up a Work Experience placement during one of the following weeks in July 2018:

  • Monday 2nd July – Friday 6th July 2018
  • Monday 9th July – Friday 13th July 2018
  • Monday 16th July– Friday 20th July 2018

Procedure for organising a placement:

1. Students (with the help of their parents) identify areas of interest and approach suitable employers. (Students should only use companies with more than one employee). This can be in the form of telephone call, letter or e-mail.
2. Students agree dates with the employer.

One of the below weeks:

  • Monday 2nd July – Friday 6th July 2018
  • Monday 9th July – Friday 13th July 2018
  • Monday 16th July– Friday 20th July 2018

Once placement is agreed with the employer, students and parent(s)/carer(s) along with the employer complete the Work Placement Form and submit it to Mrs Mee by Friday 27th April 2018.

Email: Zara.mee@trfwia.org.uk

Office hours: Monday 8.30am – 4.15pm, Tuesday 8.30am – 4.15pm and Wednesday 8.30am – 12.30pm.

3. Electronic copies of the Work placement form are available in word here and pdf here.

Please complete and return:

By post to: Mrs Zara Mee, Winterbourne International Academy, High Street, Winterbourne, Bristol, BS36 1JL.
By email to: zara.mee@trfwia.org.uk

4. Mrs Mee checks Work Placement Form and approves (or not). The student and employer will be contacted by Mrs Mee if there are any problems.

5. The students completes the Work Experience Placement (completing a Log Book as they work through it), and asks the employer to complete the Feedback Form. They then get a parental signature and return these to the Academy as soon as possible.

Contact Details

Email: Zara.mee@trfwia.org.uk
Office hours: Monday 8.30am – 4.15pm, Tuesday 8.30am – 4.15pm and Wednesday 8.30am – 12.30pm.

Please find below the Guidelines Booklet and Work Placement Form: