Work experience is a great opportunity to put learning into practice whilst gaining knowledge about a job or area of work. It can inform and support future career choices or study options and could lead to an apprenticeship or a paid employment.
Work experience also provides the opportunity to demonstrate employability skills on a CV, helping you to stand out from the crowd while giving employers an insight into the talented students on their doorstep.
“Two thirds of employers rate quality work experience as being of critical or significant value for young entrants to the labour market”
( Department of Education’s Employers’ Perspectives Survey )
Speak to your tutor or Personal Development Coach to find out when your department has scheduled your work experience (WEX) placement dates and the number of hours you need to complete. Work experience placements can be as little as one week up to 45 days depending on the course you are studying.
Your tutor and Personal Development Coach will support you throughout the process. You will receive training around expectations in the workplace, covering issues such as timekeeping, dress code and language. You will also be made aware of your responsibilities whilst on placement, including your duties under health and safety legislation. Support in finding a placement will be provided by your tutors and Personal Development Coach.