Post 16 Work Experience

Work Experience: Monday 6th July – Friday 10th July 2020

Year 12 students are encouraged to participate in the Enrichment Programme. The Blue Award consists of activities related to experiences of the workplace. Work experience is a vital part of our Post 16 programme and offers students a chance to gain valuable skills, knowledge and experience of a work environment. This experience will form an integral part of their UCAS personal statement or CV for their applications at Post 18 and universities. Employers consider work experience as an essential element of the selection process. Students also receive feedback from the employer and this can be used as a reference to strengthen any applications they may make in the future.  We have set aside time in the teaching calendar to facilitate a week of work experience from Monday 6th July to Friday 10th July.

Brookvale Groby Learning Campus is working in partnership with the Leicestershire Education Business Company (LEBC) to organise one week placements for our students.  LEBC has been organising work placements for students across Leicestershire for more than 20 years and are the leading practitioners in this area.

These are the options available to students for sourcing work experience: 

LEBC PLACEMENT

The first option is LEBC finds the placement for the student. The student fills out a form indicating the areas of employment they would like their placement in, and the LEBC will find them an appropriate placement. They will carry out all the Health & Safety Checks and ensure all insurances are in place for the duration of the placement. The cost of the LEBC placement is £57.

The deadline for the application forms is Friday 1st November 2019. The payment needs to be made via ParentPay and will be due by Sunday 10th November 2019.  Forms need to be completed and handed in to the Post-16 Office or directly to our Campus Careers Advisor. We understand this is a short space of time, but the LEBC need to start processing applications as soon as possible, to try to ensure all students get an appropriate placement.

SELF PLACEMENT

This entails the student finding their own placement opportunity and the employer filling out a self-placement form. This is then passed onto the LEBC who will ensure all Health & Safety checks are completed and insurances are in place for the duration of the placement. The cost of a self-placement is £50.

It is essential that the student contacts employers when looking for a placement, not the parent, as some employers have said they are unlikely to offer a placement unless the student has the initiative to make the call themselves.

FAMILY PLACEMENT (SELF)

This option requires the student to find their own placement with a family member either in their own business or in their place of work.  The parent/carer is responsible for ensuring that the employer has the appropriate risk assessment procedures and employers liability insurance in place, and the parent/carer takes full responsibility for the student during the work placement. There will be a form to fill out and sign from the Post-16 office, but there is no charge for this as the responsibility will be fully with the parent/carer. The deadline to complete the form for this option is Friday 1st November 2019.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

Please note that some placements may require a DBS check and this could cost up to £60. This check is carried out through the company you have the placement with and so the payment is payable to them. Common places which may ask for a DBS includes: schools, hospitals, care homes, childcare settings, anyone who works with vulnerable people and social care.

Should you have any queries regarding the work experience placements please do not hesitate to contact: Hayley Dymond; Careers Advisor E: hdymond@brookvalegroby.com 
Tel: 0116 287 9921 Ext: 295

For details of this process please refer to the documents below: