Work Experience / Placements

Why do Work Experience?
Work Experience provides an opportunity for students to undertake full time work, in an environment that differs significantly from that of school. The purpose of Work Experience is not necessarily for students to decide upon the career which they wish to pursue; instead the emphasis is on working in the ‘real world’ and understanding how organisations operate, as well as working with different people and having the opportunity to try something new and interesting. It also provides the opportunity to develop or utilise existing employability skills which future employers will themselves be looking for.


Work Experience at Brixham College
Work Experience is open to all students in year 11 and assistance is available to all who demonstrate enthusiasm to take part. Students are actively encouraged to source their own placements and the same process also applies to those who seek an out of county placement. Students will start their applications in Year 10 (March) and will take part in a week of work experience when they are in Year 11 (September).


Help and support from family members and staff is encouraged. However, it is important that students engage in the process themselves as this is a valuable part of the Work Experience Programme and will help to develop their understanding and ability to seek future job/ course opportunities.


Legal Requirement
The law requires that checks are made on all placements with regard to Health & Safety and Insurance. In the event of the schools external party not endorsing a placement, the student will NOT be permitted to attend. If the student does not attend an endorsed placement, or does not come into school they will be marked with an unauthorised absence. We will of course contact and advise you, should this apply to your child’s placement.