Offering work experience?
If you’re an employer, offering work experience for young people might seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be.
The benefits of work experience aren’t just for the participants. There’s a lot to be gained if you’re an employer too. You may even find a future employee.
What Insurance Do I Need?
Employers’ liability insurance covers work experience placements, provided insurers are members of the Association of British Insurers. Employers will need to inform their insurers of the placement and confirm that they are covered.
What Will They Do?
Work experience is a placement in which a person carries out tasks or duties, more or less as an employee would, but the emphasis is on learning. They should be given the chance to try out various tasks and develop skills for prospective employers. You shouldn’t rely on a work placement to fulfil roles that are necessary for your company though. A placement needs to give the person the chance to apply their skills, meet challenges and develop their knowledge of your industry. Give placements realistic learning objectives for the duration of their placement so they know what’s expected of them.
How Long Will It Last?
Work experience placements can be one or two weeks, or even once a week for a period of time. In other words, the length of time spent in a work placement is flexible and depends on your needs and their needs. School placements are typically for a week long during 4th year.
Do I Need to Carry out a Risk Assessment?
Simplified Health and Safety guidance means that, if you already employ young people, risk assessments do not need to be repeated for work experience students. And if you have fewer than five employees, you won’t need a written risk assessment. Visit the Health and Safety Executive's website and read the guidance on work experience.
Want to offer a placement?
If you are interested in offering a work placement, please contact Jobfarm using the form at "Contact Us" on this website.
You can also download and use the Work Placement form.
Before your placement arrives
There are a few aspects to consider before taking on a work placement. Consider what skills you want to help placements to development and think about what they could be involved in within the work experience environment. Skills could include:
- Time Management
- Planning and organisations
- Problem solving
- Working in teams
- Being in a work place
Offer feedback to your placements at the end of their experience. Tell them all about the job, the industry and the various routes into work in your sector.
Try to introduce them to a broad range of staff – if you have many – during their time with you and, if you’re in a larger business, think about asking them to work in different parts of the business to get a broad overview of what you do.