At Ormiston Denes Academy, we recognise work experience as an essential part of a student’s education. Each summer term year 10 students take part in an organised work experience week. Normal timetabled lessons are suspended for the week and students are placed with a company or organisation, experiencing a job of their choice, normally in or around the Lowestoft area (although students are able to experience placements outside the local area, subject to meeting the required criteria).
Work experience offers many benefits and learning opportunities, such as gaining an insight into the skills and attitudes required by particular job sectors and employers as well as the chance to develop, practice and demonstrate these skills in a work setting. It helps students prepare for adulthood and to give students the opportunity to gain an understanding of the world of work and working life. Students gain valuable experience and return to the academy with increased confidence and a greater understanding of the skills required for future employment, and add relevance to the school curriculum.
Our work experience scheme is very successful, with our students being placed in various environments such as shops, offices, schools, manufacturing industries and many others. However, we actively encourage our students to find their own placements. This method helps ensure they obtain their chosen placement.
Students on work experience will remain the responsibility of the academy and every placement undertaken by an Ormiston Denes Academy student is subject to checks to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the student. These checks are carried out by our work placement officer.
More information about work experience, including job choices, application form and parent/carer guides, will be available here soon. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the academy’s work experience, please contact:
The dates for the 2019 work experience week will be confirmed in due course.
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