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Work Experience

As a school, we are committed to the importance of work experience and feel strongly that this is a valuable and relevant opportunity for our students. Work experience is currently an opportunity for Year 10  and Year 12 students, during the Summer Term.  

The Ashcombe recognise that students benefit from work experience in a number of ways including;

  • Develops their understanding of work
  • Enables them to learn about how businesses operate and an awareness of the demands and expectations of working life
  • Develops an awareness of employment opportunities
  • Enabling opportunities for professional, personal and social development
  • Potential referee for future training, employment and potential job opportunities
Work Experience 2023  Year 10 Monday 10th July to Friday 14th July 
Work Shadowing 2023 Year 12 Monday 10th July to Friday 14th July

The Work Experience Coordinator is: Mrs Persey 

workexperience@ashcombe.surrey.sch.uk

Students are expected to independently source, with support from the school, their Year 10 Work Experience placement. We believe this not only helps ensure each student undertakes a placement that is most beneficial to them, but also develops important employability skills for the future.

Our management of the work experience process includes ensuring that all placement providers have Health and Safety checks and appropriate risk assessments in place.  As an education provider, the Health and Safety Executive asks that we take reasonable steps to satisfy ourselves that placement providers have risk assessments in place and as such we will conduct all necessary pre placement checks.   Higher risk placements will require an industry specific health and safety check, and we will need to approach this on a case-by-case basis, but will endeavour to do our best to facilitate these placements.

As a guide for parents, Surrey County Council’s occupational risk banding for high risk occupations can include agriculture, animal nursing, catering, chemical products, engineering, equestrian, fishing, forestry, horticulture, manufacturing, outdoor pursuits, motor vehicle repair, and construction.

Virtual Work Experience

In addition to in person Work Experience, there is a variety of virtual work experience opportunities students can access. Two of the best providers of free opportunities are:

Speakers for Schools  

Springpod