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Work experience

Everyone should go on one or two weeks work experience in Year 10 or 11.

Work experience will help you to:

  • understand what it's like to go to work 
  • develop skills, such as teamwork and communication 
  • learn how people behave at work 
  • learn about different jobs within a company, and 
  • find out about yourself, for example, what you're good at and what you like or dislike.

Finding a work experience placement

Your school will help you find a work experience placement. The work experience co-ordinator will:

  • have details of placements in Derbyshire and the surrounding area
  • tell you how and when to apply for placements.

Preparing for work experience

You will have at least one lesson on preparing for work experience which could include:

  • a discussion about what to expect 
  • watching a health and safety video 
  • a discussion about how to behave and what to wear 
  • information from employers about what they expect from you, and 
  • instructions for keeping a diary or logbook to record what you did and collect information about the company.

Remember:

  • work experience is much more than just finding out about a job that interests you 
  • don't limit your choices or be influenced by other people 
  • try something different.

Health and safety 

Health and safety is very important, especially when you go out on work experience. Accidents can kill - remember to use your common sense.

Machines, electrical devices, trailing cables and noise are just a few of the dangers that you might come across at work. 

Ask your teachers about hazards in the workplace and how to avoid accidents. If you want to find out more about work experience talk to your teachers in school.