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Work Experience

Virtual Work Experience

In the current environment it can be difficult to obtain work experience within a workplace. We therefore encourage students to enhance their CV or personal statements by completing relevant virtual work experience and online courses.

Work Experience

Preparation for university and employment is an integral part of the Sixth Form programme at Amersham School. Employability or work-readiness is becoming more and more important to universities and employers. While qualifications remain essential, with very few exceptions, they are no longer the only consideration. By gaining work experience in relevant sectors our students can gain a real advantage when applying for university or work. While on work experience students will be able to talk with and observe skilled and qualified people who can give them a better idea of what their job involves. It is an opportunity to network and find contacts.

We encourage all our Year 12 and 13 students to secure and participate in meaningful work experience at an agreed appropriate time, this may be in the school holidays, ideally October Half Term. Virtual work experience may be necessary if lockdowns persist. Work experience is an ongoing process in the journey towards a career.

All students are expected to find their own work placements. Taking personal responsibility for finding the placement and researching their further education and career path is an important part of the process. While we will provide support and inspiration in school, we expect students to actively find the placement and apply for it themselves - and they will learn a great deal from doing so.

Students need to let the school know when they have organised work experience so that their records can be updated and the information used to help support their reference.

Year 7 Day to Work

Each year, Year 7 students have a chance to visit a workplace for a day with a parent, carer or other trusted adult. This gives them valuable experience in relation to what it's like to go to work, what they might expect in a workplace and how to conduct themselves. 

For more information, visit our Year 7 Day to Work page.