WorkXperience - a Community supported schools programme
If your son or daughter is currently in Transition Year or undertaking the Leaving Certificate, Leaving Cert Applied, or Leaving Cert Vocational programme, they may have the opportunity to take a work placement as part of that programme.
A work placement is one of the most important factors in shaping young peoples’ perceptions of the world of work. It helps them to learn about a particular occupation, gain valuable personal skills such as independence and team work, and understand the expectations of employers.
During the placement, they will actively develop the skills needed for future enterprise and employability. The structure of work placements varies from school to school. In some cases, the work placement is for a full week, although it is also common for this to be a three day week, and occasionally, placements are organised on a day-release basis once a week.
Why your son or daughter might benefit:
- Doing a real job of work in a real organisation
- Finding out what they are good at
- Working closely with adults
- Learning new skills
- Behaving in a safe and responsible way
Participation in a work placement at an employers place of work has implications for parents, the school, and of course your son/daughter. In the normal course of events, parents will be asked to fill in a Parental Consent form, which allows your child to be absent from school for the duration of the placement.
In addition there are insurance issues which are designed to protect both the employer and your child. Most employers will take health and safety issues quite seriously, and it is the responsibility of the school to ensure that their students are fully covered by the employers Public Liability Policy. It is likely that you will have to sign documentation from the school or the employer in order for this cover to be extended to your child.
If you are involved (as opposed to the school) in obtaining a placement for your child, then you are advised to seek clarification from the employer or school as to whether your child is protected in that placement.