In an integral part of the Key Stage 4 school curriculum is the provision of a Work Experience Programme for all students in Year 10. The provider is the Education Development Trust (EDT), a charity that has provided careers guidance to students in Harrow for many years.
We have found Work Experience to be extremely beneficial to students in preparing them for entering the world of work. In particular, it should give them:
All students have to complete the Work Experience Student Application Form which is given to them in October of Year 10.
On the same week as the Bentley Wood students will be out on work experience there are many other Harrow High schools also on work experience. It is therefore going to be a challenge to place students in their chosen job area. We very much welcome students using their family and friends’ networks to seek their own work placements.
In particular, if your daughter has an interest in the media, fashion, design, barristers or solicitors, you may want to help her find her placement. These placement opportunities are limited and difficult to get into. If your daughter is hoping to find her own placement, it is necessary for the employer to fill in the Self-Found Placement Form. Last year many of our students found their own placements.
At Bentley Wood , we strongly encourage students to undertake work experience whenever possible in other year groups.
This should ideally take place in the school holidays, althouigh leave of absence from school can sometimes be negotiated with your relevant Head of Year - make sure you have a chat with your Head of Year before signing up for any opportunities that arise.
Regular work experience opportunities that come to our attention will be posted on this website and emailed to all relevant students as they often have quite tight timeframes for applications.
GSK run an extremely popular three day work experience programme in the February and October half terms called 'Molecule to Market' and based at their Stockley Park offices. Eligible year groups will be notified by email when applications open.
Cisco run a technical and business based work experience programme in November and July every year called 'Pathway to Your Future' and open to Year 10 and 11 students. Relevant year groups will be directly emailed when applications are open.
EY is a 'professional services' company, meaning that they provide assurance and accountancy help, assistance with tax affairs, consultancy and corporate transactions. They run a one week Business Acadeny programme for Year 12 students in the summer. Click on the logo below to find out more and apply.
McLaren Automotive offer a work experience programme for Year 10 and 11 students every year, usually with a February application deadline. Click on the logo below and search for 'work experience' to see if there are any opportunities currently on offer.
The BBC has four application windows every year and each one lasts two weeks. There are several categories of work experience available at four locations. You can only choose one category in one location. There is no separate category for online work, but all of categories offer placements that have a strong interactive element.
When you choose your location and category and fill in your online application, they will ask you some questions about your interests and passion for your chosen placement. If you are successful, they will do their best to match you to a placement that’s right for you.
Every work experience placement is different, but they’re all designed to give you the opportunity to make the most of your time there. When you arrive, your Placement Manager will want to find out more about you and what you want to get out of your time. They’ll try to get you involved in the things that interest you most.
Remember that work experience is unpaid but it’s a learning experience and not a job.
To find out more and apply, click on the BBC logo below.
Click on the logo below to visit Premed Projects, an organisation offering medical work experience and shadowing in the UK. Note that there is a significant charge for this service.
Legal work experience can be very difficult to find, but the link to All About Law below provides you with some ideas. Remember that you can always visit a court during the school holidays and watch court proceedings. You don't usually need to ask for permission, but it might be polite to email them first - there is always a contact email on the court websites.
The Guardian newspaper run a series of short courses for aspiring journalists - some of them are run by well-known Guardian columnists.There is a fee for them, but quite a reasonable one. Click HERE to find out more.
Click on the Success at School logo to visit a great list of current work experience opportunities to be applied for with a range of organisations such as the National Trust and JP Morgan.
The Prospects careers website has lots of useful tips on both work experience and volunteering. Click HERE to access the starter page.
This website has an excellent guide to work experience, including a list of large companies and organisations that regularly offer it. Click HERE to read the feature.
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