Work Experience

For Current Virtual Work Experience Opportunities – Click Here

Work Experience is a vital part of Secondary Education and enables students to better understand where and how their unique skills and talents might fit into the Future World of Work. All the photos above show past St Aidan’s students ‘on the job’ in local companies.  

Invariably a work placement proves to be a powerful and sometimes a pivotal experience, opening eyes and minds to career opportunities and paving the way towards future goals and aspirations. Most importantly, it inspires confidence and reassures students that they have, or can readily develop, skills that employers need.

St.Aidan’s has excellent links with local business and 3rd sector organisations and is an active and long-standing member of the Harrogate Chamber of Commerce and other business networking groups. 

In Person Work Experience

Sixth Form Flow Chart- In person

We strongly promote our annual Year 11 Work Experience Programme and encourage students to use their own networks or proactive research techniques to secure a placement in specified weeks at the end of the summer term. In addition, a combination of one to one help and advice via lunchtime drop in workshops, plus access to a comprehensive work experience database ensures around 200 successful opportunities each year.  

Useful Resources for finding In Person Placements

NYBEP Work Experience Website – Please contact Mrs Farrar for the NYBEP Login and Password

Virtual Work Experience  

Sixth Form Flow Chart- Virtual placements

As a result of the pandemic, many companies have developed some excellent Virtual Work Experience opportunities which have proved so effective that the format is most definitely here to stay. Professionals working with some of the UK’s largest companies and nationally recognised organisations have devised engaging and insightful online work experience opportunities. This has provided students with opportunities that ordinarily they may not have had access too.

Speakers for Schools and Springpod have emerged as brokers of very high quality virtual opportunities and many of our students have benefitted hugely from taking part in their programmes – read some of their testimonials here. 

Useful Resources for finding Virtual Placements

Current Virtual Work Experience Opportunities

Careers Department Notices wc 27.06.22

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