Schools have adopted a variety of different approaches when organising work experience programmes. For example:
Applications - some schools encourage students to find their own work placement while others have developed partnerships with local employers. It may be the Guidance Counsellor or another teacher who assigns students to the various placements available. If, as an employer you feel you can offer a student a placement, contact the Guidance Counsellor of a secondary school in your local area.
Paperwork - whether the school or student organises the work experience, the facilitating employer will normally be required to complete a form confirming the availability, nature and dates of work experience.
Insurance - TY and leaving cert students are insured by their schools’ insurers. Each child generally has a personal accident insurance organised by the school. Community and Comprehensive Schools have a State Indemnity for all school activities. Employers will normally be given a document containing the relevant school's insurance details, which should be filed for reference. Check for exclusions for certain types of work.
Format - will depend on the school programme the student is participating in. Transition year (TY) and Leaving Cert Vocational (LCVP) students will require a one week block of work. Leaving Cert Applied (LCA) students normally require a two week period. Occasionally work experience may be organised on a day-release basis once a week.
Payment - the employer is not required to make any payment to the student during work experience.
Monitoring - as part of the monitoring process, the student’s teacher may on occasion request to visit the student at the employer’s premises during the work experience.
Recording - during the course of the work experience, a student will normally be required by the school to maintain some type of record/diary of his/her experiences so that they can reflect on the learning points when they return to school.
Feedback - on completion of the work experience, the employer would normally be requested to provide feedback to the student on their performance and there would normally be a short feedback form to be completed and returned to the school.