Finding a work experience placement for 14-21 learners
Last year we enabled over 1600 learners access work experience opportunities Work experience can refer to a week or two spent covering a company or organisation. It can involve working on tasks appropriate to a junior level, in which case the National Minimum Wage is required by law. Work experience could otherwise involve shadowing an employee to follow them around, discover what they do and learn from them. This would not involve work and would not be paid. Longer periods of work experience can include internships and paid internships.
In addition, students who are studying on a further education or higher education course may be expected to do a work placement as part of their course - employers are not obliged to pay any student on a work placement that lasts less than a year, but often do.
How learners benefit from work experience
Work experience opens students’ eyes to new career possibilities and expands their horizons.
Students are more motivated and do better in course work and exams as a result of their work experience.
Knowledge and skills gained in the classroom can be applied in a working environment.
Students step outside of their comfort zone to experience a professional work environment.
Students develop important core skills and personal qualities such as time-management and communication.
Students gain first-hand experience of a job or sector that they could be considering for a future career.
Work experience expands students’ awareness of different jobs they could do, and the qualifications they will need to achieve to get there
What we offer
Organisations choose us because they want the best talent working for their business. Quality runs through the heart of everything we do, and that starts with our quality placement processes.
Our experienced Work Related Education team receive and vet placements in a range of sector including administration, creative industries, engineering, construction, hospitality and marketing. We that only quality placements are offered to pre-16 (age 14-16) and post-16 (age 16-18) students.
Bespoke placements are offered to students with special educational needs. We take pride in our reputation for excellence and the relationships we create between clients and candidates. We look forward to hearing from you and assisting you with all of your needs
How our programme works
In the set up process Creative learning will:
Interview learner to ascertain skills and aspirations
Match learner with provider
Visit the work experience provider
Vet the the provider
Undertake all health and safety checks
Undertake all risk assessments
Inform parent/carer of the placement
provide on-going support to the employer
Provide you with regular updates on your learners progress
In the preparation processCreative learning will:
Support to school in preparing the learner for the placement- activities and documentation
Provide a work book to support your learner in preparation and throughout the placement
Check alignment of the work plan objectives against those of the learner and school
During the placementCreative learning will:
Ensure all contact details are shared
Conduct monitoring visit to the learner on site
Review the learner’s workbook progress
Address any ‘in situ’ issues
As part of thepost placement reflective learningCreative learning will:
Provide documentation to record learner’s reflections and progress
Provide documentation to retain an evaluation from the provider on the placement and progress and learning of the learner
Provide documentation to provide parent/carer with feedback on placement and outcomes of the learner
Provide documentation to support learner to write a reflective thank you letter to placement