At One we have a number of courses where work experience placements are compulsory for you to pass your BTEC/Diploma course. These courses include:
- Beauty Therapy Level 2 & 3
- Engineering Level 2 & 3
- Health and Social Care Extended Diploma Level 2 & 3 (please note this does not include the Extended Certificate)
- Information Technology Extended Diploma Level 2 & 3 (Year 12 only)
- IMI Motor Vehicle Level 2 & 3
- Sport Extended Diploma Level 3 (Year 13 only)
If you are studying on another course and are looking for a work placement or volunteering opportunity to support your future career choices please email [email protected]
Work experience placements offer a great opportunity for you to develop the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to move forward within your chosen career. Here at One we have a dedicated member of staff who along with your teacher can guide you through choosing a suitable employer and assist in the process of securing your placement.
Finding it difficult to secure your own placement? Or not sure where to start searching? We have a specialist database which will enable you to search for available positions and/or employers. Once you have found the one you want, our Work Experience Administrator can help you apply and confirm your placement.
Before you can attend your placement with your chosen employer there must be up to date health and safety checks and appropriate insurances in place. We will ensure these are in place before you attend your placement.
The time you spend at your placement will vary depending on your course. Please speak to your teacher about the duration of your placement and the hours required to pass your course.
Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic our physical work experience is currently on hold whilst we await guidance from the DfE and our awarding bodies. In the meantime, there are a number of things you can do to build your employability skills and gain experience in your chosen sector. You could search the internet for virtual work experience, get involved in online volunteering opportunities, help to support vulnerable people in your local area, apply for temporary or part time roles. Check out our weekly What’s on Wednesdays’ Newsletter for some ideas https://www.suffolkone.ac.uk/one-extra/careers/careers-newsletters/
Work Experience Costs for 2020-2021*
(*based on costings from 2019/20 and subject to change)
The amount to be paid will vary depending on what is required for your work experience placement, it may cover the cost of some or all the following items:
- The placement administration fee of £30 (Health & Safety/Insurance checks)
- An Enhanced DBS Certificate (DBS)
- A polo shirt
- Manual Handling & First Aid Awareness Course
- Out of area provider (where applicable and this may attract additional costs)
Beauty Therapy Level 2 - £30 for your work experience placement
Beauty Therapy Level 3 - £30 for your work experience placement
Engineering Level 3 - £30 for work experience placement in Year 12
Engineering Level 3 - £30 for work experience placement in Year 13
Engineering Diploma Level 2 - £30 for your work experience placement
Health & Social Care Level 2 - £70 for your work experience placement (this includes an Enhanced DBS check, first aid training, manual handling awareness course and polo shirt – please note if you progress into Level 3 Health and Social Care, a further £30 work experience fee is required)
L2 Health and Social Care (Only) progressing internally from a L2-L3 Diploma - £30 for your work experience placement
Health & Social Care Extended Diploma Level 3 (Year 12 Only)- £100 includes: Placements, Enhanced DBS, Polo shirt, First aid & Manual handling awareness course.
Information Technology Extended Diploma Level 3 (Year 12 Only) - £30 is required for work experience, however If an Enhanced DBS is required this will incur an additional fee, please email [email protected] or visit the One Shop
IMI Motor Vehicle Level 3 - £30 for your work experience placement
IMI Motor Vehicle Level 2 - £30 for your work experience placement
Sport Extended Diploma Level 3 (Year 13 Only) - £30 is required for work experience, however If an Enhanced DBS is required this will incur an additional fee, please email [email protected] or visit the One Shop
Please note that an additional fee for an Enhanced DBS Certificate is not required if you progress from Level 2 to Level 3
Out of Area Work Experience Placements
Our work experience Administrator will guide you through securing your placement. However, please note that if you request an out of county work experience placement, this will be subject to an additional charge (please contact [email protected] for more information and costings)
5 Reasons why Work Experience is a Great Thing to do:
Decision - You will get a taste of what a job or workplace is like, so you can find out if you would be interested in that kind of career
Confidence - Working with other people and doing the job well will help you build your self-confidence, which in turn will give perspective employers confidence in you
Your CV - Work experience shows you are enthusiastic and ready to work hard, it looks good on your CV
Skills - Working with other people will help you develop new skills that will impress prospective employers
Networking – You will meet people whilst at work and make contacts that could provide a reference or help you in the future.
Top Universities guide on how to approach companies https://www.topuniversities.com/blog/how-approach-companies-work-experience
UCAS “Ten ways to get the best out of work experience” https://www.ucas.com/careers/getting-job/10-ways-get-most-out-work-experience
Prospects “Virtual Work Experience”