Sixth Form Work Experience


Preparation for university and employment is an integral part of the sixth form programme at The Misbourne.  Employability or work-readiness is becoming more and more important to universities and employers.  While qualifications remain essential, with very few exceptions, they are no longer the only consideration.  By gaining work experience in relevant sectors our students can gain a real advantage when applying for university or work.  While on work experience students will be able to talk with and observe skilled and qualified people who can give them a better idea of what their job involves.  It is an opportunity to network and find contacts.

We encourage all our Sixth Form students to secure and participate in meaningful work experience during their summer holiday at the end of Year 12 and at other appropriate times, including other holidays.   By completing work experience during their holidays students will not lose any valuable learning time.  This models how students will often need to secure work experience during their long holidays from university, to gain experience before moving into the workplace.  Work experience is an ongoing process in the journey towards a career.

All students are expected to find their own work placements.  Taking personal responsibility for finding the placement and researching their further education and career path is an important part of the process.  While we will provide support and inspiration in school and, no doubt, you as parents will do the same, but we expect students to actively find the placement and apply for it themselves – and they will learn a great deal from doing so.  The students have attended an initial assembly about the process and we will be organising regular clinics to help those students who require support, we also have a group of local business people with extensive contacts who work can work with students to research and approach placements if required.  If your son/daughter is having any difficulty with the process please ask them to come and see Mrs Cook in the Sixth Form office for help.

Target Careers - Work experience for school students: what you need to know and how to get it.