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6y, 21h agoPosted 6 years, 21 hours ago
Hi,
I'm looking for a bit of advice...my son who is coming up 15 is currently trying to organise his works experience for next year.He would work for the company for one week to try and gain some experience and just give them an insight into the "real world" lol. He has printed a letter to send out to companies explaining his interest in retail business (he is currently doing a diploma in Business, Admin and Finance) as well as his GCSE's.
I am aware that a lot of companies don't take on works experience...but does anyone know any that do?
He has approached the big companies ie Debenhams, M&S etc to no avail.
Thanks in advance
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6y, 21h agoPosted 6 years, 21 hours ago
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#1
my son went to PC World couple of years ago & my daughter has done hers this year at Boots. Doesn't your sons school provide a list of companies that take work experience kids, I know ours did.
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I had the same problem when my son was doing it 3 years ago, many are not involving themselves in work experience anymore due to health and safety issues, and the red tape involved, in the end a small local business accepted my son for the week, but we had to sign a disclaimer re accidents etc and it wasn't in the field he wanted, he wants to be a radiographer and ended up in a pet shop, still its good life experience. Your sons school should have a list of businesses that have accepted pupils in the past.
#3
I remember doing mine at the Forte Crest Taunton years ago.

Anyone remember Forte's? :-)
#4
my 18 year old did his with the local vet and loved every minute-he got to stay in the room while the surgeries were conducted and look after the animals who were kept in.

16 year old last year was assistant for the week to ken mcintosh our local msp and really enjoyed that
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wishihadadonkey
I had the same problem when my son was doing it 3 years ago, many are not involving themselves in work experience anymore due to health and safety issues, and the red tape involved, in the end a small local business accepted my son for the week, but we had to sign a disclaimer re accidents etc and it wasn't in the field he wanted, he wants to be a radiographer and ended up in a pet shop, still its good life experience. Your sons school should have a list of businesses that have accepted pupils in the past.


Radiographer? Whilst that sounds like a great/interesting career ambition (and not a common one, so good on him) ... I can totally understand why there would be H&S barriers to allowing work experience in that area.

My father works as an X-Ray engineer, fixing and servicing machines in hospitals around the UK for a large company. There is no way on earth he'd ever be allowed to take someone to work with him on a work experience basis.
#6
Its been 13 years since I did mine! Even then I remember people complaining, i.e a girl who wanted to be a nurse worked in a care home and on her first day was left on her own in an old folks home with no training to do everything including washing the patients and cleaning their "mess"

And people complaining that they were being used as they would be in somewhere like a shop and the paid staff would chat to their friends and let the work experience person do all the work.

Then again thats how the real world does work really, heard similar stories about New Deal claimants etc.

Strange that M+S dont do it though, when I did work experience through Princes Trust though this was 4 years ago they gave me health and safety training first day first thing and gave me a certificate at end.
#7
I did mine at the british library, it was awful, so pretty much prepared me for real life.
#8
At school I did it in the electronics department of john Lewis, which was great, except it was during France '98 so had to watch Beckham getting sent off on every screen in the shop, all day, all week

At college I went to the legal department of McDonald's head office. Mind numbingly boring, but a good experience
#9
I work in a school and my job is to help the year 10s find their work experience placements. M&S do take students, although it may be store specific, John Lewis, IKEA, all the major supermarkets, Boots - all these have had our students in the past. Get your son to speak to whoever is responsible for work experience at school, they should have a list of employers that have had students from his school previously.

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