Work experience

A guide to work experience placements

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Here we explain the purpose, scope, and procedure of offering work experience opportunities where we invest in the development and future of young people.

The benefits and challenges of work experience

Work experience is no longer a statutory requirement for schools or local authorities. When offered, it can help young people to launch their future careers, develop their skills, and discover their interests.

Health and safety, safeguarding, and insurance requirements

Placements must take place at a Council premises, with a dedicated and available placement line manager. A risk assessment must be completed for the primary and any site locations. One to one working and DBS checks are not permitted. Parental consent is required for travel and transport. Placements are covered under the Council's Employers Liability Insurance Policy.

Expectations and standards for the duration and recognition of placements

We are invested in offering placements for up to 5 working days. Young people will not be paid for their time. The placement line manager will complete a checklist to plan and evaluate the placement. The young person will receive a confirmation letter upon completion.

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