Work Experience

Part-time Work Advice

Success at School have shared some tips for students, including making sure that their job doesn’t eat into study time and that their employer follows the rules for working with people under the age of 18.  Please see here for details. 

Please note that children cannot work until they are 13 years old and may only do work involving light duties. All children aged between 13 and the statutory school leaving age, who are employed, must hold a work permit. Babysitting is not considered ‘work’ by the law. Statutory school leaving date is the last Friday in June in the academic year in which the child is 16 years old.

Please refer to the Oxfordshire County Council website here for information on how to apply for a Child Work Permit and further legal conditions that apply to employing children. Please note that as part of this process the employer and parent/child will need to complete a ‘Part Time Employment of School Children Form’ and then send that form to the Wood Green School Attendance Officer at Attendance@wgswitney.org.uk for their completion.

Work Experience

Work experience is an excellent way to improve your confidence and skills, by letting you explore a range of different careers and see you enjoy them. It also helps your CV!

Students over the age of 14 can undertake work experience. Students under 18 need permission from a parent or guardian. All Year 11s will have work experience in the Autumn, and Year 12s will have work experience in the Summer.

Oxfordshire Virtual Work Experience for Year 10 to 13
Oxfordshire virtual work experience Oxfordshire virtual work experience for Years 10 to 13 will be available FREE through SpringPod and will run from 14th March – 18th April. The 10 hour programme, which can be completed any time during these 4 weeks, will be focused on developing students' workplace skills. It can be done at home and can be used as a perfect pre-cursor for students going out on work experience or as a stand-alone programme. Please see here for details and note that the deadline to apply is the 9th March. Places will fill up quickly, so please apply early.

YEAR 11 WORK EXPERIENCE  21-25 November 2022  

Please find here the Parent/Carer Introductory Letter. All students will receive an introduction to work experience session during their Personal Development lessons and during tutor time. We are working with a new Work Experience provider this year and have teamed up with Unifrog. The system will aid us in recording and managing student placements and will negate the need for hard copy form filling as the process will be managed online using the Unifrog platform, which your child already has access to (www.unifrog.org).  Information about how the new system works, along with deadlines for when various elements need to be completed by etc will be issued in the next few weeks. 

There are 2 ways to secure Work Experience - either by the student organising their own placement OR via a school arranged work placement.  We strongly encourage students to arrange their own work experience placement as we find that by doing so, students take greater ownership and interest in their placement and organise an experience that is relevant to their own future career interests.

All all student own placements and school arranged placements will be checked to meet employer H&S[1] and Insurance etc requirements. Endorsement of a placement is essential if the placement is to proceed. 

We will keep parents/carers updated regularly between now and November as your support in finding the correct employer is paramount. Should you require any further information, please contact Mrs Nicky Mellings, Work Experience Coordinator at:  n.mellings@wgswitney.org.uk

KEY DOCUMENTS FOR YEAR 11 WORK EXPERIENCE

1. A Parent/Carer Introductory Letter here 

2.Work Experience Update letter to parent carer 2022 - Letter 2

3. Work Experience Update letter to parent carer 2022 Letter 3

4.Work Experience Student Own Placement letter to parent carer 2022 Letter 4

Useful Documents:

Unifrog Employer Guides - can be found here

Unifrog Student Guide to Placements/Work Experience - can be found here

If you have any problems accessing these documents, please contact Mrs Mellings.

Work Experience with Thames Valley Police

If you wish to undertake work experience at Thames Valley Police, you will need to identify a person within the Force who would be willing to support and organise the work experience for you. The Thames Valley Police employee should then email the People Services Help Desk, requesting the documentation they will require to assist with the organisation of the work experience.

Work Experience with Oxford Univerity Hospitals

The Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust offer a variety of work experience opportunities across their four hospital sites and have an open process to encourage all those interested in a future career within the NHS to apply. Those attending must be aged 16 years and above to attend clinical areas and aged 18 years and above to attend theatres - students aged over 15 years are restricted to administrative areas only where they may undertake clerical type duties. Hospitals are now gradually resuming Work Experience placements.  To apply for a placement see here . Students are actively encouraged to approach their preferred department via email enclosing a CV in order to request a placement: a list of departments is available from the above OUH webite (the majority of OUH email addresses are formatted as follows; firstname.surname@ouh.nhs.uk).  OUH encourage students to identify appropriate contacts via the department and services section to secure a placement.  Places are offered at the discretion of the various departments.  Do note the Trust charges the following administration fees (subject to change) :  £25 for one day of observation, £40 for longer placements and £30 for the summer and department programmes.

YEAR 12 WORK EXPERIENCE  18 - 20 July 2022 

Year 12 Students find their own work experience placements.  

Please find below the Parent/Carer Information Letter which outlines the timetable of events that take place, the form which needs to be completed, and when, leading up to when students go out into the world of employment.  A copy of the Year 12 Student Own Placement Form must be handed to Mrs Mellings for our records.  

Parent / Carers Information Letter - To follow
Student Own Placement Form -  To follow 

Work Experience Employer Feedback Form - To follow

Useful Documents:

Unifrog Employer Guides - can be found here

Unifrog Student Guide to Placements/Work Experience - can be found here

If you have any problems accessing these documents, please contact Mrs Mellings.