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. The aim of this 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.
During all Work Placements, students are treated as young employees of whichever organisation they are attending and are expected to engage in a range of tasks or duties which allow learning of the relevant 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.
Visit My World of Work for more information about why work experience is important.
All work experience requests must be submitted no less than 6 weeks in advance of the placement. 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.
There are a number of ways a pupil can find a suitable work experience placement:
- Flexible/Extended Placements
- During holidays
SELF FOUND PLACEMENTS (CURRENTLY THIS IS ONLY PERMITTED AS PART OF A STUDENT’S CURRICULAR EXPERIENCE)
Ideally, we request that pupils initially seek a Self Found placement as this can mean a confirmed opportunity. This is normally done through family and friends.
Pupils must forward the online Request Form to employers. To request this form (and associated email template ), please email the following address with the pupil’s name, class and potential employer: firstname.lastname@example.org
This Request Form is a legal requirement in order to assess health and safety for the proposed placement. The council will not allow any placements to take place without an inspection. The school will inform the pupil when the placement has been authorised. STUDENTS CANNOT BEGIN ANY PLACEMENTS UNTIL THIS HAS HAPPENED.
WORKIT PLACEMENTS (CURRENTLY ON HOLD DUE TO COVID)
Where a pupil applies on East Lothian’s Work Experience website with listed companies. We cannot guarantee these will result in a placement. Pupils who wish to use the WorkIt website will be briefed on its use and can explore the opportunities during the end of their S3 year. S4-6 pupils will have optional refresher sessions should they want to access the database at a later point. This will allow guidance teachers to confirm placements and for pupils to make suitable preparations. If pupils have forgotten their log in details they should contact their guidance teacher.
NHS PLACEMENTS (CURRENTLY ON HOLD DUE TO COVID)
Pupils who wish experience in the NHS Lothian must apply using the Senior Phase School Application Form. If a pupil is applying for a different health trust they should see their guidance teacher. Participants must be 16 to take part. Please also read the NHS Lothian Work Experience Booklet for further information.
FLEXIBLE/EXTENDED PLACEMENTS (CURRENTLY THIS IS ONLY PERMITTED AS PART OF A STUDENT’S CURRICULAR EXPERIENCE)
This is a bespoke placement and can be a couple of hours a week for a set term or an agreement which lasts longer than a week. Some pupils may decide this is a good idea to top up a timetable with valuable experience. These MUST be negotiated with Guidance staff before contacting employers.
This is where pupils may decide to arrange a placement during their own time. This is still an experience of the working world and is recognised by the school and future employers/education providers. It might make sense to use time during summer holidays, however North Berwick High School cannot take responsibility for these placements and students undertake these at their own risk.
For further information please contact your guidance teacher.
All pupils must also complete the Code of Conduct prior to their placement. Click Pupils Code Of Conduct to download a copy.