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 2023/24
In 2023/24 WEX will take place with BOTH Year 10 and Year 12 students.
The Year 12 WEX programme for 2023/24 will run between 15th January and 19th January 2024.
The Year 10 WEX programme for 2023/24 will run between 24th June and 28th June 2024.
If students would like to complete additional WEX placements outside of these dates they must seek permission and all school absences must be authorised in advance.
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 10 and Yr 12 students take part.
We are using Unifrog (www.unifrog.org) to manage the administration of the work experience programme – for example collecting information from the employer about their Risk Assessment and Health & Safety policy, as well as getting agreement from yourselves for the placement to go ahead.
Some important logistics:
- Students need to agree the placement with the employer first, and then students will get the ball rolling by adding the placement to their Unifrog account (they’ll find the Placements tool on their Unifrog homepage).
- The Unifrog system will then email the employer, the parent / guardian, and the school, to collect the necessary information and permissions. For the process to work, it’s essential that students add the initial information about the placement accurately.
Finding out more:
- Useful Guides for Students and Parents
- The Unifrog process and how it works
- How to add a placement using Unifrog
- Advice on how to find a placement and be successful on it
- Please read the placement guides on Unifrog, and then start contacting possible hosts for the placement.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
As part of the BCCS ethos, we encourage all students to access this valuable opportunity. If you have any concerns regarding sourcing an appropriate WEX placement that will be able to meet your son/daughter's needs or would like further advice or support, please do get in touch. We aim to work in partnership with yourself, the Learning Support team and employers to ensure that your son/daughter has an experience which is tailored and beneficial to them.
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 us.
All contact regarding WEX should be directed to: