Service Details

Work Placements

Work Placement Support Services provide advice and support for school staff responsible for block and extended Work Related Learning/Work Experience/Work Shadowing placements.

Introduction

Work experience opportunities are really valued by employers and are vital to young people, providing them with an invaluable opportunity to engage with the labour market and helping them to make the transition from education into working life.

A well established and highly successful work placement service, Work Experience Norfolk (trading style WEX Norfolk) holds Fairtrain’s Work Experience Quality Standard for Facilitators at Gold standard. This is a national accreditation which provides external quality assurance for high quality work experience and employability programmes. Norfolk County Council are the only gold accredited provider currently operating in Norfolk.

The Work Placement Support Service provides advice and support for school/college staff responsible for block and extended Work Related Learning/Work Experience/Work Shadowing placements. We offer health and safety checks of employers, a brokered placement service for SEND students and post 16 students on study programmes, and health and safety checks of Alternative Providers.

Our aim is to offer a service which :
  • Offers practical, appropriate and timely support to schools/colleges
  • Promotes the benefits to schools/colleges and young people of gaining meaningful work experience placements
  • Works with you to help support SEND students and post 16 students on study programmes to access bespoke, brokered work placement opportunities

Benefits

  • Briefing visit/s and training sessions by our team to provide information on the service offered and ongoing support to ensure staff are effectively supported to deal with all aspects of work placement activities
  • Access to a secure database; containing details of approx. 10,000 employers across Norfolk search, record, monitor and report on the progress of your student’s work placement opportunities
  • Completion of the required health and safety checks for students in years 10 to 13 to enable placements to take place
  • A flexible approach to placement requirements (block and extended) to meet school/college and student needs, including brokered placements for SEND students and post 16 students on study programmes
  • Challenge and support for post 16 educational establishments
  • Ideas sharing and best practice

Contact Details

Sandra Gotts Employment and Skills Officer on 01603 638388 sandra.gotts@norfolk.gov.uk
Zack Wedral Employment and Skills Officer on 01603 223890 zack.wedral@norfolk.gov.uk

You can also contact the team by emailing work.experience@norfolk.gov.uk

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