The Department for Education describes three patterns that work experience for 16-19 year old study programmes are expected to follow .
Experiential work experience is ‘one or two short periods of work experience or other work-related learning to test out vocational ideas connected to future study or employment options, such as study visits, projects and engagement with local enterprise’ (https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/299597/Not_just_making_tea.pdf)
The vocational model is ‘focused on a particular vocational area to contribute directly to a study programme’
Finally, the extended model focuses on “developing employability skills, with maths and English covering the majority of the study programme time” and will apply to students on a traineeship, who need additional support to prepare them for apprenticeships or a Supported Internship
The common principles of a high quality work experience placement are that it:
Ofsted state that work experience must be purposeful and planned. It should give young
people the opportunity to develop vocational and employability skills in real working Conditions.Work experience should contribute to students’ overall development. For example, when considering outcomes for students, inspectors will explore how well they can develop their employability and vocational skills and personal effectiveness (e.g. attendance, attitudes, punctuality, and behaviour) in relation to their starting points while on work experience.
This is the current list of most frequently applied for roles offered by companies on work experience placements. It’s really up to the employer - we just want the young people to find out what it is like in a real workplace - so if you don’t like any of these roles, feel free to suggest other ones to us!
No. Much the same way that parental consent is not needed for Google or other apps, parental consent is not needed to use Workfinder.
The obligation to obtain parental consent in order to download an app from the app store is dependent on whether or not any information is being required from the person downloading. We do not require the user to disclose any information to us in order to use the search aspect of the services.
No. The requirement to obtain parental consent in order to transmit an application to an employer is dependant on the type of personal data being transmitted.
Where the data is used for any of the following, it is advised that parental/guardian consent is obtained:
disclosure of the child's name to a third party;
use of the child's details for marketing;
publication of the child's image on a website that anyone can see; or
the collection of personal data about third parties, for example where a child is asked to provide information about his or her family members or friends
In order to protect students from inadvertent discrimination, Workfiner does not transmit the applicant's name or personal data to the employer, nor do we use their details for any marketing activity, or to display pictures on any public website, and we do not collect information about the students’ families and friends.
Much the same way that Royal Mail does not have an obligation to read a letter between a young person and a CEO, and BT does not have the obligation to listen to the dialogue between a young person and a business employer, we also don’t have the obligation to monitor this transaction.
This is related to the age at which a person has the legal capacity to enter into a contract under English Law: As such, the answer is as follows:
18 years old in England:
If the applicant is under 18, we ask them to share the job offer they have received with their parent or guardian for ‘signoff’.
This is related to the processing of personal data under English Law. As such, the answer is as follows:
If the applicant is over the age of 18: No
If the applicant is 16 or 17: No
If the applicant is under 16: Yes
After the user has clicked on the ‘apply icon’ Workfinder asks them for their date of birth so that we can let the employer know the age of the applicant in order to be able to make an ‘indicative offer’ subject to parental permission being gained by the student.
We then contact the student with the offer subject to parental permission (given their age) and seek the email address of the person the child needs permission from.Note: the request for work experience does not contain any information from the student that would allow them to be identified.
Yes. If organisations already employ young people, risk assessments won’t need to be repeated for work experience students. Employers with fewer than 5 employees won’t need a written risk assessment. For more information, visit the Health and Safety Executive’s website and read the guidance on work experience here. http://www.hse.gov.uk/youngpeople/workexperience/index.htm
Provided the company holds employer’s liability insurance and the insurer is a member of the Association of British Insurers or Lloyds (the vast majority are) then it automatically includes young people on work experience and treats them as employees for the duration of their placement. The Health and Safety Executive advise that employers inform their insurer that they will have students on placements but they should be automatically covered.
There are very few work activities a young person cannot do due to health and safety law. However, it’s important to remember that the employer has the primary responsibility for the health and safety of the student and should be managing any significant risks. This can be done by explaining the risks and how they are controlled when inducting any individual undertaking work experience, checking that they understand what they have been told and know how to raise health and safety concerns.
If required by the permission grantor, we can ask the employer to upload a photo of their certificate or a link to the policy on their website to our system in order to validate the voucher. This certificate would be available on the company profile we refer permission grantor’s to.
No, a separate risk assessment, specifically for work experience students, is not necessary as long as your existing assessment already considers the specific factors for young people. Furthermore, there is no requirement to re-assess the risks each time an employer takes on a new work experience student, provided the new student has no particular needs.
See this article by the Health and Safety Executive for more details: [external link].If you are told otherwise, there is a Myth Buster Challenge Panel that is set up you can appeal to see this [external link] for how to contact them.
We ask the employer making an offer to a student over our service to confirm that they have a child protection policy currently operating in our terms and conditions and we provide links on our employer briefings to child protection policies operated by other employers who offer work experience placements. Some of the best advice can be find here:
If required by the person the student needs to get permission from in order to accept the job offer, we ask the employer to upload a photo of their certificate or a link to the policy on their website to our system in order to validate the voucher.
This content is available to view by the permission grantor via the workplace offer summary page.
We work to the guidelines laid down by the Health and Safety Executive and the Department for Education. There are no restrictions relating to whether a child is over or under 16.
We ask the employer to confirm that they have employer’s liability insurance in our terms and conditions and this is indicated in the employer briefing we make available to the student and their parent guardian (if consent required).
we provide links on our website to other liability policies operated by other employers who offer work experience placements.
If required by the person the student seeks permission from, we can ask the employer to upload a photo of their certificate to our system in order to validate the voucher.
Provided the company holds employer’s liability insurance and the insurer is a member of the Association of British Insurers or Lloyds (the vast majority are) then it automatically includes young people on work experience and treats them as employees for the duration of their placement.
The Health and Safety Executive advises that employers inform their insurer that they will have students on placements but they should be automatically covered. Please see HSE advice: http://www.hse.gov.uk/youngpeople/workexperience/placeprovide.htm
The following guidelines from ABI reinforce this:
Employers can buy employers’ liability insurance through insurers or intermediaries like brokers or trade associations. You may find that it often comes as part of an insurance package designed to cover a range of business needs.
An employer’s policy must be with an authorised insurer and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has a list of these. You can check their register on the FCA website.
Workfinder accepts no liability for risk assessments: but the work placement offer document contains information that allows schools and parents to request proof of the claims made by the employers before they give permission to the student to accept the offer they may have received (by giving the student the voucher they will have).
In order to make the offer, the employer has stated that they have employer’s liability insurance. This is shown on the work placement summary page that is emailed to the person the student is seeking permission from in order to accept the work placement offer.
There is no requirement to DBS check employees although some schools prefer to avoid students working with a sole trader. The responsibility is that of the applicant or the person giving permission to the student to accept the work placement on offer.
If the student or the person the applicant seeks permission from asks for a DBS check in order to grant permission, they can indicate this by messaging to the employer, outlining the reason. If the employer does not provide what the consent-provider needs, then the job offer will lapse, the voucher will remain valid and the employer is able to offer the job to another applicant on the waiting list.
Applicants have 7 days to accept the job offer and this includes time to get permission from a parent or guardian.
If the employer already has a valid DBS check, then they can upload a photo of this to the employer dashboard which we share with the applicant so they can view it or share it with the person they are seeking permission from in order to accept the offer after the offer is made.
No. It is not a legal requirement, but if the student requires permission from you or the school in order to accept the placement, then you or the school may wish to conduct a workplace visit in order to convince yourself that it is safe and secure before you give the voucher to the applicant which is needed by the applicant to accept the offer.
If you would like more information, please follow the link below:
The young person’s contact information is passed on to the employer after the young person accepts the offer of a work experience placement so that the employer can perform right to work checks that they are required by law to perform.
Our service allows both the young person and the employer to agree the times and dates of work experience placement.
The placement is up to you and whether or not it is convenient to you to host a student on a regular school day or at the weekend. The concept of ‘a Saturday Job’ has been around a long time and is transformative to students. Some schools encourage students to do work experience every other Friday in the afternoon. Others for the first couple of weeks in July. Parents often help their children find a work experience placement during half-term break or at Easter / Summer break.
If an incident occurs during the work experience placement, please inform us (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible.
The full terms and conditions for the work experience placement service can be found [link to specification document here] , but we summarise the most important points for parents here:
By accepting the offer of a work placement: your child is agreeing to the following: