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Work Experience

At George Mitchell, Year 10 students have the opportunity to complete two weeks Work Experience. A work experience placement is a great way for students to find out whether a certain type of career is for them. It also gives students the opportunity to learn new skills, build contacts and experience, and find out what it’s like working in a real 9-5 job.

Employability skills for school leavers are high on the government agenda. Students gain an understanding of the world of work, improving their self-confidence and creating the opportunity for them to make more informed choices about their future. By simply participating as part of a team, they gain useful life experience.

According to an employer survey carried out by Gumtree, some 90% of employers thought that work experience was essential for anyone applying for jobs in the current climate. The survey found that job applicants with good work experience were seen as more knowledgeable (67%), more confident (44%) and more committed (40%).

So, we know that work experience can do you the world of good when it comes to looking for jobs in the future.

To find out more you can view the Work Experience Student Presentation (ppt)

Examples of placements 

Placements in 2017 included: Banking, Pharmacy, Construction, Gym/Leisure centres. Restaurants, Hairdressers, Charity shops, Food quality tasting, Bookshops, Garages, Transport for London.

Here is some of the amazing feedback from Employers:

Easha Altaf 10w “Eashas attitude was impeccable, she brought smiles and laughter to our team throughout her placement”

Adah Shafiq 10g “Adah used her initiative throughout her placement. She was very well prepared and had a great positive attitude”

Deimantas Lebedevas 10w “Deimantas made excellent progress, always on time and very friendly”

Antonio Scartoaja, 10f   “Excellent attitude. Fast learner great at working in a team. Great placement”