Senior Phase Work Experience

Senior Phase Work Experience Weeks

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 a local employer or organisation during their education. Pupils are entitled to one work experience week in their school career and this can be undertaken from 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 the careers they may be interested in.

There will be two Work Experience Windows of Opportunity in the year:

  • Monday 25th – 29th June 2018
  • Monday 8th – 12th October 2018

Pupils can chose which window they would prefer in advance and for some pupils they may wish to save their week until a later opportunity in S5/S6. The aim of this change is to allow pupils to have a meaningful work experience when they are ready. For some pupils, due to their age, it may be that opportunities are not available until they are 16.

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. Please see the section below.
  • WorkIT: where a pupil applies on East Lothian’s Work Experience website with listed companies. We cannot guarantee these will result in a placement. For further information, which includes additional or flexible arrangments, please contact your guidance teacher.

All placements must be arranged one month in advance. 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.


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 this Self Found Flexible Placement document and return it to the pupil’s guidance teacher.


Pupils who wish to use WorkIt will be briefed on its use and can explore the opportunities available two months prior to each work experience window. This will allow guidance teachers to confirm placements and for pupils to make suitable preparations. “Introduction to WorkIt” sessions, will be available during S4 for pupils to apply for placements. S5/6 will have optional refresher sessions should they want to access the database at a later point.


Pupils who wish experience in the NHS must apply using the Senior Phase School Application Form. Please complete the form and return it to guidance teachers. Participants must be 16+ by August 2018.  Please also read the NHS Lothian Work Experience Booklet for further information.

For further information please contact your guidance teacher.