A service to schools undertaking work experience activities (predominantly for year 10 students). Assessing organisations for work experience placements to comply with legislation including: Health and Safety Policy, Risk Assessments, Public Liability Insurance, First Aid etc. to ensure the safety of students on placement. For full checklist of checking service please see guidelines below.
Extended Work Experience Placements
For some students in years 10 & 11 an alternative curriculum would be beneficial to them and to the school. This could be in place of, or in addition to, existing college 14-16 provision. It could be flexible e.g. one day a week over e.g. three months, or three days a week for a month etc. etc. Careers Plus can find an appropriate work placement, and then liaise with the young person and the employer during their placement.
As well as retaining the work experience week in year 10, students would benefit from opportunities throughout their school life for additional work related volunteering or community service. This would not only enhance the ‘citizenship curriculum’ but how the school and young people actively support the local community e.g. Day Centres, play groups, local charities etc. It would also enhance the employability of young people and enhance their CV in preparation for Higher Education if they have more volunteering experience. This could be occasional days of volunteering or longer term (e.g. once a week provision).
Why work experience is important to students
- A work placement is your opportunity to spend a period of time outside the classroom, learning about a particular job or area of work.
- A work experience placement will enable students to find out what skills employers look for when they’re hiring someone to fill a job vacancy.
- Young People will also get the chance to develop their self-confidence and communication skills. This will help students to work better with other people in further or higher education, as well as in their future career.
Cost to Schools for Health and Safety Checking Service
Some companies offering health and safety workplace checks do so on the basis of a flat rate price based on the number of students in the year group. This pricing policy takes little account of the actual numbers undertaking work experience, the fact that a number of students may undertake work experience with the same employer, or the type of workplace. Therefore, where a school uses an employer for multiple student placements Careers Plus will only charge for one check, not for each student.
The Careers Plus pricing policy is to charge per the number of employer premises being used for work experience (rather than number of students in year group), and will differentiate between higher and lower risk workplaces thus making the cost to schools more affordable.
£20 for each category 1 (Higher risk*) workplace check requiring a personal visit to the premises.
£10 for each category 2 (lower risk) workplace check able to be conducted without a personal visit to the premises e.g. telephone/e-mail checks.
*Higher risk workplaces are those which pose a higher risk to students as a result of the business activities undertaken e.g. agricultural, engineering etc. These can be defined as potential exposure to hazardous substances, risk from moving machinery, issues of dust, noise and heat etc. lower risk workplaces will be those premises that have been visited/risk assessed within the previous three years or premises with minimal risk e.g. schools.
Example of comparative cost for an average sized school
200 students in year 10 are undertaking work experience. For a flat rate single price health and safety provider (e.g. EBP) the cost to the school could be in the region of £6,000.
However, using the Careers Plus model and making an assumption that e.g.10% of students don’t undertake work experience and approximately 10% of student placements are based in multiple placements this could reduce the cost to the school to around £2,200*.
*£2,200 based on undertaking 60 category 1 checks, and 100 category 2 checks for 160 employers used for work experience.
As an East Devon based organisation Careers Plus undertakes health and safety checks in postcode areas EX1-EX16, DT7 and the Taunton, Chard and Wellington postcode areas.
Work experience checks for higher risk placements outside of these postcodes will not normally be undertaken by Careers Plus – although telephone and e-mail based low risk checks are. Therefore, schools are recommended to seek local work experience placements wherever possible.
Tony Badcott has undertaken health and safety professional development completing stage one and stage two health and safety courses through City College, Plymouth over a period of twenty weeks (completed 10 Feb 2011). Tony has also recently completed (One year duration ending July 2012) a Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety (The Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety at OCN Level 3 is accredited to meet the academic requirement for Safety Technician (Tech IOSH*) grade. Certificates are available on request