S4 Work Experience

S4 Work Experience Week – 26th to 30th September 2016

For pupils of North Berwick High School, work placements are an important part of our career education programme. We encourage all senior phase pupils to seek a placement with local employer or organisation during their education. Pupils are entitled to one work experience week in their school career and this can be undertaken during S4, however pupils can also experience, additional, lengthier spells if they wish. During this time, they are treated as young employees of the organisation and are engaged in a range of tasks or duties which allow pupils to learn about the skills and attitudes that employers are seeking. In our experience pupils have found that the placement encourages them to think positively about the qualities and skills that they may need to develop and become more informed about their careers they may be interested in.

There are two ways a pupil can find a suitable work experience placement:

  • Self Found: where a pupil has the responsibility to locate a work placement. This is normally done through family and friends.
  • WorkIT: where a pupil applies on East Lothian’s Work Experience website with listed companies. We cannot guarantee these will result in a placement.


Ideally, we request that pupils initially seek a Self Found placement as this can mean a confirmed opportunity. In arranging a self-found placement your son/daughter must complete a Self Found form which has sections to be signed by the pupil, the parent and the employer. PLEASE USE THE SELF FOUND FLEXIBLE PLACEMENT DOCUMENT  AND RETURN IT TO YOUR GUIDANCE TEACHER AT NORTH BERWICK HIGH SCHOOL.


Pupils who wish to use WorkIt will be briefed on its use and this will allow pupils to explore their applications before and during the summer holidays. This will allow guidance teachers to confirm placements by the end of August.


Pupils who wish experience in the NHS must apply using the S4 School Application Form. Please complete the form and return it to guidance teachers. Participants must be 16+ by August 2016. Please also read the NHS Lothian Work Experience Booklet for further information.

All placements must be arranged by Wednesday 31st August. We take the health, safety and well-being of our pupils very seriously, and this still applies when they are on their work experience placement.  East Lothian Council works closely with placement providers to help them provide a safe and secure working environment, and a Health & Safety Workplace Assessor will always visit the premises to carry out a risk assessment.

For further information please contact your guidance teacher.