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20 February 2015
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There are two types of work placement:

Work Experience

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.

Work Shadowing

This requires the pupil to observe a person involved in a particular job. Work shadowing is usually offered to post-16 pupils.

The Benefits of a Successful Work Placement Programme
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.

Advantages of a work placement for pupils

  • 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

Advantages for schools

  • 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

Advantages for employers

  • 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

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