Year 10 Work Experience

All students in Year 10 are expected to take part in the work experience programme as part of their work related learning education. The aim is to provide an ‘experience of work’ rather than specific job training.

Students get the opportunity to work with an employer for a short, unpaid period of time to find out more about industry and the workplace. They can observe and work alongside people as they go about their daily tasks and experience the disciplines of the workplace, such as attendance, time-keeping, regulations and the importance of teamwork, especially in a job or area of work that they might be interested in.

As a good variety of placements are increasingly difficult to obtain, students are encouraged to use their initiative and find their own placement(s). They will receive support from assemblies, lessons and the Work Experience Administrator in order to achieve this. Family and friends may help by setting up placements within their own organisations.

Work experience benefits students that are unsure about what sort of career path they would like to follow. They get an insight into what employers look for when they want to employ someone and how the subjects they study in school link into certain jobs. It provokes thought about jobs that had not been considered before and the skills and grades needed to plan for the future.

We are always looking for new placements for our students so if any family, friends or employers can offer a placement to one (or more) of our students, or would like to know more about what is involved in providing a work experience placement then please contact the Work Experience Administrator - workexperience@northgate.suffolk.sch.uk.  

Year 10 Work Experience Information Evening 2020

Our Year 10 Work Experience Information Evening covered information surrounding the work experience week, including the benefits of work experience, how the work experience programme is run at Northgate and ideas on how to support your child in applying for and securing a placement within an industry they are interested in learning more about.

The presentation can be viewed by clicking on the link below: 

Year 10 Work Experience Information Evening

Year 10 Work Experience Programme – Summer 2020

Due to the challenges that the Covid-19 virus is presenting to so many areas of life, including to businesses and education, we have taken the...

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Information for Students

You are responsible for finding and arranging your own placement to cover the full work experience duration. You will decide where you would like to go and what you would like to achieve in your time there.

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Information for Employers

Work experience introduces young people to the work environment and is the most important factor in shaping their perception of the world of work.

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Information for Parents and Carers

Northgate has a dedicated Work Experience Administrator who will help your son/daughter with application forms, interviews, placement suggestions and any questions you or they may have.

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