This year, Year 10 students will take part in one week of work experience from Monday 21st June until Friday 25th June.

The Work Experience Programme will be launched to students during an assembly on Thursday 4th March in conjunction with a representative from employed.im (employed.im is an employability and skills platform which promotes jobs, apprenticeships, training and skills development opportunities in the Isle of Man).

The Programme offers an extremely valuable and exciting opportunity, designed to give each student a greater understanding of the world of work and the opportunity to work with adults other than teachers.

With the knock-on effect from Covid-19, many companies are operating differently and may not be able to offer placements to our students. We therefore suggest that students use contacts of family and friends in order to self-place.

For those students who do not manage to secure a self-placement, the work experience database will be available to them from Monday 15th March. It is hoped that some local companies will be still in a position to offer placements to our students, although we anticipate that there may be less than in previous years.

Further information about the Programme will be issued after the launch, however, if you have any queries in the meantime, please contact the School and ask for Mrs Ferns (Work Experience Coordinator) or Miss Riley (Director of Work Based Learning).

What is Work Experience?

You may be based in a shop, office or large organisation, carrying out tasks just like a normal employee. It’s a real chance to learn about a job and what work is all about. All sorts of benefits can be gained from doing a work placement – you find out about your strengths, improve your skills and abilities, explore an area of work you may be considering as future career, gain first-hand experience of what is needed to do well in a job, and build personal confidence for now and the future. Work experience also shows that, whatever the job, we never stop learning!

What if I still have questions, worries or concerns as a student or as a parent?

Miss Riley (Director of Work Based learning) coordinates the Work Placement Scheme at Queen Elizabeth II High School. She is very happy to talk to students or parents about any concerns or questions they may have. Do please call the school on 01624 841000 if you wish to discuss anything with her.

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