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 organisations and is an active and long-standing member of the Harrogate Chamber of Commerce and other business networking groups.
Virtual Work Experience
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.
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 during specified weeks at the end of the summer term. All placements are individually risk assessed by our work experience partners NYBEP. In addition, a combination of one to one help and advice via lunchtime drop in workshops, plus access to the Connect App provided by NYBEP, ensures around 150 successful opportunities each year. The Connect app is available as a free mobile download from the App Store or Google Play and can also be accessed from a laptop or computer.
Year 12 and 13
Students may request up to 5 days, UK based, In-Person and/or Virtual work experience during Year 12 or before mid October, in Year 13. Work Experience MUST avoid internal/external assessment dates and subject related trips.
Individual verification and safeguarding checks will be made by the school requiring at least 2 weeks’ notice be given before any placement is due to commence.
In Person and Virtual Placements flow charts show step by step arrangements for organising placements.
The list of On Demand Virtual placements is extensive ( link at the top of this page). Current placements are regularly reviewed and advertised each week on the 6th Form Careers Newsletter. Recent issues can be found here
Further opportunities are available on this document: Super Curricular Engagement for Post 18 Applications
Please contact the Careers Department if you have any questions or concerns about work experience.