Sixth Form Work Experience

Sixth Form Work Experience – Summer 2016

Preparation for university and employment is an integral part of the sixth form programme at The Misbourne.  Employability or work-readiness is becoming more and more important to universities and employers.  While qualifications remain essential, with very few exceptions, they are no longer the only consideration.  By gaining work experience in relevant sectors our students can gain a real advantage when applying for university or work.  While on work experience students will be able to talk with and observe skilled and qualified people who can give them a better idea of what their job involves.  It is an opportunity to network and find contacts.

We are asking Year 12 students to complete work experience during their summer holiday; there are a number of reasons for this.  In the past students took a week out of school for work experience; however, the week did not always coincide with when employers were able to take the students.   In addition, we were required to organise placements through the Education Business Partnership which placed restrictions on the geographical locations in which students could work and often turned down placements at the last minute.  By completing work experience during the long summer holiday these problems can be avoided and students will not lose any valuable learning time.  

All students are expected to find their own work placements.  Taking personal responsibility for finding the placement and researching their further education and career path is an important part of the process.  While we will provide support and inspiration in school and, no doubt, you as parents will do the same, but we expect students to actively find the placement and apply for it themselves – and they will learn a great deal from doing so.  The students have attended an initial assembly about the process and we will be organising regular clinics to help those students who require support, we also have a group of local business people with extensive contacts who work can work with students to research and approach placements if required.  If your son/daughter is having any difficulty with the process please ask them to come and see Mrs Cook in the Sixth Form office for help.

The half term holiday will provide an opportunity for students to start their research and make initial enquiries with employers.  After half term, we will be discussing with students during form time who they are applying to and all students are asked to provide details of where they will be working no later than Friday 30 June.