YEAR 10 WORK EXPERIENCE – 14th March – 18th March 2022

WORK EXPERIENCE WEEK IS COMPULSORY!

Our Work Experience program is administered by Medway Education Business Partnership.

Why is Work Experience important?

  • Work Experience helps to develop employability skills.
  • Discover what qualities employers are looking for.
  • Gain real experience of a workplace and how it is different from school.
  • Discover if you really want to progress along a certain career path.
  • Develop transferable skills, such as communication and teamwork.
  • Understand how organisations work.
  • Provide positive evidence to future interviews with employers, college, university and apprenticeships.

Key Dates

  • 10th December 2021: Log into Portal
  • 14th January 2022: Choose Work Experience options
  • 14th March – 18th March 2022: Work Experience Week

Sorting out your MEBP placement

  • Students will receive a PIN card in form which will give you access to MEPB Webview (the online work experience portal).
  • From 14th January 2022, you select three opportunities on the portal. Placements will generally be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
  • Once your placement is confirmed, MEBP will pass on and confirm the student name to the company.
Medway Education Business Partnership (MEBP) logo

Your Logbooks

The logbook is for you to:

  • Keep a record of your personal information
  • Clarify what you hope to gain from the placement
  • Record your activities
  • Demonstrate your employability skills
  • Consider your personal career plan
  • Think about what you learned and what you will do

These logbooks will be distributed to you nearer the time of your Work Experience.

Completing your logbook is not a choice – It must be completed!

Photo of the front cover of an MEBP Year 10 Work Experience Logbook.

your placement

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  1. Fill in and complete the ‘Before Your Placement’ section in your Logbook.
    • Personal and placement details
    • Get the message to parents/carers section signed
    • Planning and preparation checklist
    • Pre-placement self-assessment
    • Personal targets
  2. Make a telephone call to the company and introduce yourself, ask any questions and set up a pre-placement interview if one is needed.
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  1. Support from School:
    • School Staff will either contact students and employers during the week or will come in person and visit.
    • There will be follow up tutorials in the weeks after your placement.
  2. Fill in and complete the “During your Placement” section in your Logbook
    • Health and Safety
    • Employability skills and examples
    • Daily Diary 
    • Supervisor/Employee evaluation form
  3. Work Supervisors will sign off your daily log
  4. You are a role model for yourself, the school and teenagers generally
    • Make eye contact
    • Shaking hands
    • Being polite
    • Using initiative
    • Ask questions

Turning up for one day, Saying it’s not for you and then not returning…

IS NOT AN OPTION!

You Must Attend!

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  1. Write a ‘Thank You’ letter to the employer
  2. Fill in and complete the “After your Placement” section in your Logbook
    • Debrief and follow up notes
    • Post-placement self-assessment review
    • Post-placement personal target review
    • Students evaluation form
    • parent /carer response 
  3. Complete an additional report book in order to achieve the Excellence Award
    • Write 500 word assignment 
    • Complete excellence workbook 
    • Complete work experience log book
  4. Hand your completed logbook to your form tutor once completed
  5. Any students who do not have them completed will report to middle school
  6. Interact with debrief tutorials in which you can reflect on skills learned
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The Excellence Award

  • You must complete the work experience logbook and an additional report book
  • Must write a 500 word assignment about your placement
  • Completing the excellence award will provide:
    • An achievement to write about on your CV
    • A talking point for an interview
    • Evidence that you are a hardworking employee

Frequently Asked Questions

What safeguarding arrangements are in place for students on work experience?

MEBP ensures that all placement providers are adequately Health and Safety and insurance checked by NEBOSH-qualified EBP personnel, and are DBS checked where considered necessary. In addition, all students undertake preparation in school, covering health and safety in the workplace, the use of the Work Experience Log Book and employers’ expectations in the workplace. Furthermore, parents and students sign and return the Parents Agreement to approve the job description and risk assessment. The school will monitor students on placement via telephone contact. 

Students who attend a school or nursery for work experience are not allowed to work 1:1 with any pupils.

Who organises Work Experience?

Students are strongly encouraged to arrange their own placements (with some parental assistance) which are subject to Health and Safety checks by Medway Education Business Partnership. They also arrange appropriate job descriptions with the company you put forward.  However, MEBP can also provide work experience placements for students on behalf of the school, where necessary.

Do MEBP offer a choice of placements?

Yes, if your son or daughter does not organise an own placement, they can make up to 4 selections from the MEBP list subject to availability. These are allocated on a first come served basis and are available from the 14th January.

Who do they contact if there is a problem whilst on the placement?

Students first point of contact is Mr Townsend, who can be reached at the school by email on james.townsend@sjwms.org.uk (the week of work experience, at any time) or by telephone during school hours on 01634 844008

What if my son is sent home from the placement?

You must contact the school immediately. The school will contact MEBP. Legally students attending work experience are still involved in a school activity.

Will my son be visited at placement by someone from the school?

The WEX Co-ordinator, supported by school colleagues, will make every attempt to contact all placements during work experience week.

What is the Work Experience Log Book?

This is a log book designed for the student to record the daily activities and experiences of their placement and that helps them to identify and develop specific skills. There is a section for employer feedback and parental feedback. The book is handed in at the end of the placement to Mr Townsend. All sections must be completed.

Excellence Award

This is further to the Log book and is a certificate issued to excellent students. To apply for this students must inform Mr Townsend of their intention to obtain it, complete a separate section in the Log book and write a report on their placement, with evidence of interviews and further information concerning their placement.

My son gets free school meals – will a lunch be provided at the placement?

No – they will need to take a packed lunch with them unless the employer states otherwise.

YEAR 12 WORK EXPERIENCE – 4th July – 8th July 2022

Please view all the relevant Year 12 Work Experience information on the Sixth Form Work Experience page linked below.

Year 12 Work experience