Parents and guardians

There is a lot of information to take in when your child is about to embark on their Year 10 work experience placement. 

Finding a placement

It’s important that you ensure a placement gets secured with plenty of time to spare, last minute placements can lead to confusion and also adds stress onto students. Try to encourage your young adult to research employers and to actively contact and visit them.

Doing it for them

We know it might seem easier to sort a placement on behalf of a student, but one of the many benefits of work experience is that it helps to develop independence and confidence. Students need to stand on their own two feet and in most cases, they are more than capable of doing so.

Placement types

For the Year 10 work experience programme there are two types of placements (attach a guidance sheet). We highly recommend that your student sources a self-placement, the database of placements is limited and intended to be a back up option only.

Will they be safe?

Most employers providing placements are experienced in doing so and have had many students come to work with them. All placements are assessed with risk assessments and the employed.im team carry out routine Health & Safety visits to employers. Your student will also be visited by a teacher from school, whilst on their placement.

If you have any concerns about a placement you must contact your students’ school in the first instance.

Placements in another country

If your child/young adult wishes to do a placement in the UK or abroad then this can be done! We would however need you to take responsibility for their safety as we cannot assess overseas placements in our usual way. There is a template letter we would need you to complete, and we would require the details of the students travel arrangements and a copy of their travel insurance certificate.

Students with additional needs

If your child/young adult has additional learning needs, we can work closely with you and their case worker/teacher to find the right placement. Placements can be assessed on a case by case basis, we recommend referring to the school teachers in the first instance, who will ask for our support when necessary.

Resources

Barclays LifeSkills

Barclays has put together lots of useful information to guide parents through their children's work experience

Work experience video: a parents guide

Success at Schools has put together a useful video for parents as a quick guide to work experience and how it can benefit your child

Download the employers guide

View a copy of the guide provided to every hosting employer to understand what is expected of businesses participating in the work experience programme

Download the students guide

Every student is handed a copy of this work experience log book with useful tips, guidance on their placement expectations and fields to record what they have learned

Child protection guidance for placement providers

We've put together some key guidance information for best practices for anyone working with children to follow

Safeguarding Policy for Work Experience Placements

The Isle of Man Government Department of Education, Sports and Culture has put together guidance for safeguarding children in the workplace 

Health and safety guidance for employers providing work experience

HSE has published a brief guide to health and safety for employers and introducing young people to the work environment