Experience of Work at BCCS

A vital part of Careers Education is Experience of Work (WEX). 

Why do Work Experience?

Work experience gives young people the opportunity to develop valuable skills needed in the work place.  It increases their awareness of the working world and the expectations employers have of employees.  Through taking part in WEX students can gain skills and experiences in the following areas:

  • Meet and interact with new people.
  • Gain future contacts/network.
  • Develop employability skills, such as team work, presentation skills, critical thinking.
  • Find out more about a particular industry or profession.
  • Help make informed choices about future career ideas.
  • Experience travelling to and from work.
  • Gain a better understanding of the working environment.
  • Improve self-confidence.
  • Utilise written and verbal communication skills within a work environment.
  • Learn the importance of punctuality.
  • Gain experience for a CV.
  • Identify skills, strengths and areas of development.

BCCS WEX Programme

The Year 11 Block WEX programme for 2018/19 will run between 24th June and 5th July 2019.  The programme will be launched to Year 11 students during October and full details on the WEX process will be provided.  WEX offers an amazing insight into the world of work and can support students to develop vital soft skills as well as influencing career choices.  As such it is the expectation that ALL Year 11 students take part.   

Although no formal programme WEX is also encouraged for all Post 16 students.  Post 16 students will be allowed flexibility on dates to complete a WEX placement however all school absences must be authorised by the 6th Form Leadership team.


Please view the support documents on the school website regarding WEX, however, if you have a specific question relating to work experience, please do get in touch.

We are always looking for interesting and varied experience of work opportunities for our students.  If you are a business owner/decision maker and are able to offer a Work Experience placement please contact Paul Mann, Careers & Employability Lead on 0117 353 500/pmann@bristolcathedral.org.uk