Information for students

Tips for finding your placement, and for getting the most out of your work experience.

Why should you do work experience?

  • You will be treated like an adult and find out what it is like to go to work.
  • You will get a chance to learn some new skills.
  • A successful placement will end with a good reference to show to potential future employers.
  • You will meet new people.
  • It will help you to make a decision about what you DO or DON'T want to do in the future.

How do I find a placement?

If you attend school in the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames and your school delivers placements through the EBP the below information will help you to arrange your placement.

There are two ways to find a placement:

  1. Find your own
  2. Use the Richmond work experience selection site to apply for a placement.

More information

The guide to arranging your work experience placement(pdf, 2052KB) will provide you with further details of both options.

I have a placement, what should I do now?

Once your placement has been confirmed you will receive a copy of your work experience job description. There are two things that you now need to do.

  1. Show the job description to your parent or carer and discuss your placement with them.
  2. Contact your employer to arrange an interview.

It is important that you get in contact with your employer as soon as possible to arrange an interview. The interview will give you a chance to:

  • Practice the journey.
  • Meet the employer.
  • Discuss any queries that you might have.
  • Confirm your start time and dress code.
  • Help you to feel more confident and prepared for your first day.

Top tips for your placement

  1. Attend every day and always arrive in plenty of time
  2. Treat everyone with consideration and be polite at all times
  3. Be enthusiastic and show a positive attitude to your work
  4. Wear appropriate clothing for the placement
  5. Listen carefully to instructions and ask if you do not understand
  6. Think before you act and work safely
  7. If you have a problem with work talk to your supervisor
  8. If you can’t sort out a problem at work tell your teacher
  9. Keep a record of everything you do and fill in your work experience diary
  10. Send a “thank you” letter to your placement provider afterwards

Updated: 5 June 2014