Work Experience

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WHY should you take part in Work Experience?
At Bolton St Catherine's Academy, we would like our students to get a taste of the world of work through work-experience, work-shadowing or through work visits. The work environment is key to motivating you to succeed and progress. It is important that students get the full experience of a real work environment external to an educational institution, in order to be work-ready and experience external to the educational institution can bring. We would like this experience to be with an external employer, external to the learning environment and at an external site.


Most employers, training providers and universities are looking to recruit students with some experience of work. This may not be in the specific field for which they will eventually go into employment, however they do want students to have experienced a workplace and the benefits that accompany that placement.

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Work-experience greatly enriches the curriculum and it enables students to prepare for adult and working life in a controlled environment. Work-experience is a valuable and rewarding learning experience, gained in a real working environment. It offers a taste of what 'working life' is all about and provides the opportunity to develop personal skills, increase self-esteem and raise self-confidence.

Students are strongly encouraged to find their own work experience placement, so that it may be in an area of interest to them, however, help with finding a suitable placement will be available should it be needed. All placements must hold Employer's Liability Insurance which needs to be enquired about when liaising with the placement. Placements will be checked for Health & Safety and Safeguarding by Tailored Education Ltd.

For further information click on the documents on the right hand side of this page.

Virtual Work-experience
It is important for students to experience the workplace environment to help their exploration of career opportunities, expand their networks and understand the context in which they could one day be working in Developing employability skills is key in preparing for the future. Due to COVID-19 our students in Year 10 & 12 were unable to have the opportunity of being in a workplace. We do not want our students to miss out on opportunities, therefore, the following resources will enable students to get an insight to working like through virtual and interactive provisions listed below.

Barclays LifeSkills
You'll get to see the inner workings of Freeformers, a 'digital transformation' agency, and actively work with different departments on one exciting project, helping them solve problems and complete real-life tasks. Click here to register.

Brighton and Sussex Medical School Medical Work Experience
Brighton and Sussex Medical School have created an online work experience platform. You will be taken through six areas of medicine, exploring the roles, skills required, and challenges faced by today's doctors. Click here to register. See here for more information on applying to medical school.

Career Ready
Career Ready is the UK wide charity linking employers with schools and colleges to open up the world of work to young people. Career Ready are excited to launch the Career Ready Skills Festival, an eight-week-long series of online careers and skills development activities hosted by their generous network of employer volunteers, featuring a range of online sessions from skills & industry insights to perfecting a job application. You can access and register here.

Jacobs Juniors Virtual WEX Programme
A Virtual WEX offer that centres around the design of a Coronavirus vaccine research facility. For more info and to register, see here.

Learn Live
Live broadcasts from different workplaces by different employers where young people can ask questions. If you have missed a live broadcast you can catch up on it in the on demand section. Register here and watch here. Teachers and parents can also register.

Oak National Academy
A five day Work-experience lessons: https://classroom.thenational.academy/year-groups/year-10/work-experience/

Push: https://www.push.co.uk

Speakers for Schools Virtual Work Experience (VWEX) programme.
To address the need for high quality work experience, in communities which often have a disconnect between the aspirations of young people, and the presence of outstanding employers.

VWEX'ing will expand our current on-site work experience programme to level the playing field for all. VWEX programme is the first of its kind in the UK and enables employers to solve key problems in their business while delivering meaningful and structured work experience to more young people wherever they reside. Read about our VWEX in the media.

Giving young people eye-opening virtual work experience and inspiring remote insight days. Speakers for schools also offer employer career talks. Register your interest for virtual work experience by clicking here.

Wessex Information Network (WIN): http://www.winncop.ac.uk

White and Case Law Work Experience
Free 5-6 hour virtual work experience programmme allowing you to gain practical skills and experience. A first-hand insight into life as a White and Case lawyer and experience the realities of cross-border law. Click here to register.

Further information and supporting documents

Letter to Parents/Carers

Information Booklet

Placement Form

Medical Form