‘Work experience gives students a realistic understanding of working in industry. It is vital for students to be able to experience the types of careers they may wish to pursue to make informed choices for their future. It builds confidence in our students to develop relationships and network with professionals to enhance their employability skills. Physical and virtual work experience opportunities can open the eyes of students to discover a world of opportunities. We want to encourage our students to explore!
We are passionate to bring students employer-led opportunities as we appreciate that these interactions gives students an elevated enthusiasm during their studies and inspiration to go on and creatively seek specialist career paths in the world of work.’
Maria Austin (Work Experience Administrator)
At One, we have a number of courses where work experience placements are embedded into the course requirements to support with learning and future progression opportunities.
Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic our physical work experience has been on hold this academic year, whilst we await guidance from the DfE and our awarding bodies on how to proceed. In the meantime, there are a number of things that 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 community or apply for temporary or part-time roles.
What is Virtual Work Experience?
Virtual work experience (known as VWEX) is the opportunity to gain an experience or encounter with an employer, away from the physical work place, instead using a device with a stable internet connection such as a laptop/computer/mobile phone/tablet. Virtual work experience opportunities allow employer engagement between participants working in organisations across the country and even the world. They are particularly relevant in these exceptional times’ as they have enabled young people to gain invaluable work experience to boost their CV and university applications despite coronavirus restrictions.
Please access our guide for further information (https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:7392a85a-abeb-4b32-a466-6f8da1f50277).
We encourage all students to access our weekly Careers and Work Experience Newsletter What’s on Wednesday’s to look at current opportunities available which includes virtual work experience opportunities to get involved in.
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 along with your teacher who can guide you through choosing a suitable employer to assist in the process of securing your placement.
Looking ahead to work experience costs for the academic year 2021-2022, it is our intention to be able confirm these costings from September 2021. These will be available to pay for through the One Shop when available.
As the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted we are currently working with employers to find out their requirements. Some placements may require Enhanced DBS checks (suitable for people working with children or adults in certain circumstances such as those in receipt of healthcare or personal care) and we will be contacting students to inform them of the process and which ID documents are required in due course.
Out of County Placements
At One our Work Experience Administrator will help guide you through securing a work experience placement. However, please note that if you request an out of county work experience placement this could incur additional costs.
Can you offer Students Work Experience?
Are you a parent/guardian who works for an employer that can support work experience placements?
Or, are you an employer who would like to get involved in our physical/virtual work experience programmes?
We would love to work with you and you can get in touch by accessing this link (https://www.suffolkone.ac.uk/one-extra/careers/contact-careers-team/).
Department of Education- Not just making tea reinventing work experience- (https://www.suffolkone.ac.uk/files/6415/6862/9117/Not_just_making_tea.pdf)
How to Approach Companies For Work Experience- (https://www.topuniversities.com/blog/how-approach-companies-work-experience)
Ten Ways to Get the Most Out of Work Experience-(https://www.ucas.com/careers/getting-job/10-ways-get-most-out-work-experience)
Virtual Work Experience- (https://www.prospects.ac.uk/jobs-and-work-experience/work-experience-and-internships/virtual-work-experience)
Work Experience at One- (https://sway.office.com/NH2Ti3ppJ5jLyyDq?ref=Link)