This requires the pupil to participate in the actual work
required for a particular job. Work experience is usually offered to pupils
at Key Stage 4.
This requires the pupil to observe a person involved in
a particular job. Work shadowing is usually offered to post-16 pupils.
Work placement is most effective if teachers, pupils, parents and employers
see it as an essential and integral part of a pupil’s personal development
and an opportunity to develop employability skills. Appropriate experiences
of the world of work will benefit pupils, schools and employers.
improves pupil’s self knowledge
increases pupil’s employability skills
increases pupil’s motivation to learn
gives relevance to the work pupil does in school
encourages pupil to consider the wide range of jobs available
gives pupil an insight into the workings of business and industry
highlights the skills, qualifications and experience needed by employers
brings the curriculum to life
develops closer links with business and industry
allows staff to gain an insight into the world of business and industry
provides opportunities for teachers to develop new skills
highlights the essential employability skills needed for future employment
employers gain an insight into developments in education and can relate
education to the work environment