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Work Experience

Work Experience Introduction:

Recent guidance from the Department of Education has highlighted the benefit of work experience for college students as they are well placed to begin preparation for progression into employment or higher education.

In order for students to gain the most from work experience, the placement should ideally be meaningful and relevant to their future career aspirations and study programme.

Work Experience provides enrichment opportunities to:

  • Make informed choices about your future career.

  • Improve motivation for learning and raise aspirations.

  • Gain an understanding of the expectations of employees in the workplace.

  • Develop your understanding of the responsibilities of both employer and employees within the workplace, including health and safety.

  • Gain an understanding of the skills and qualities valued by employers, including effective communication, enthusiasm, problem-solving, time management, negotiation and team working.

  • Increase confidence, social skills, self-discipline and responsibility.

  • Encourage research into routes for specific career path(s).

  • Enhance your CV and personal statements for university, employment or apprenticeships.

Work Experience Team


Ms A. Hopkins, Sixth Form Study Supervisor/UCAS


Ms S. Brooks, Head of Sixth Form

sbrooks@shoreham-academy.org - 01273 274100 ext: 341

Mr K. Felton – Assistant Principal - Senior Lead

kfelton@shoreham-academy.org - 01273 274100 ext: 206


Employer Testimonials

“It is rare to get someone for work experience who is of genuine helpfulness and can be used in a reliable manner. He has been great…authoritative when required, and did not require much supervision. Would welcome back anytime”

“Friendly, engaged and a quick learner. She was super keen to learn as much as she possibly could from her time with us. She has a strong eye for detail and applied herself fully to improving her skills…”

“… has shown a caring attitude to the children, but has also known when to step back and assert a level of authority”

“Very enthusiastic and keen to learn the different aspects of retail banking, asking lots of questions and not afraid to challenge with questions”

“…such a pleasure to have here …. He turned up on time, well presented, listened and carried out all tasks well with a great 'yes' attitude”

“Very eager to learn and great positive attitude”

“…very positive student with a professional approach to work experience and has been a pleasure to have in the work place”

Student Testimonials

“Meeting and interacting with new people and developing skills I need for the future. Also has enabled me to identify my future aspirations, and allowed me to work closer to achieving them.”

 “I thoroughly enjoyed working with students lower down the school with their reading, writing and problem solving. This offered me an insight as to how children interact and acquire language in different ways.’

[Enjoyed] “The independence”

“…being able to develop my skills and get a taste of work”

Student advice for others

“Take every opportunity that is provided”

“Choose a placement that you’re interested in and will benefit you”

“Make sure to choose something you are passionate about and that will able you to decide what you want to eventually go into as a career as it can really help.”


Selected Work Experience Partners

United Learning comprises: United Learning Ltd (Registered in England No: 00018582. Charity No. 313999) UCST (Registered in England No: 2780748. Charity No. 1016538) and ULT (Registered in England No. 4439859. An Exempt Charity). Companies limited by guarantee.
Registered address: United Learning, Worldwide House, Thorpe Wood, Peterborough, PE3 6SB.

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