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Work Experience

Work Experience is an important part of our careers programme, helping to prepare students for life beyond Hatcham College. Placements are secured by the students themselves, although of course we support when needed. Students  find their experience invaluable for their post 16 education applications,  UCAS personal statements and apprenticeship applications and have secured part time jobs and apprenticeships through their work experience.


Dates for work experience in 2024:

Year 12 will be doing work experience from 8th - 12th July.

Year 10 will be doing work experience from 15th - 19th July.

The letter to parents of year 10 students is linked here.

The letter to parents of year 12 students is linked here.


Please click here for a Work Experience Application Email template
Please click here for a Work Experience Application Letter template

 Our process for this year:

  • Dates of work experience set and notified
  • Letters sent to parents
  • Students surveyed as to preferred types/areas of placement 
  • Students matched to placements (if applicable)
  • Check and permissions are conducted through Unifrog.
  • Preparation materials produced for work experience programme including Work Experience Diary
  • Health and safety insurance checks made before commencement of placements 
  • Student interviews/preliminary visits arranged
  • Organisation of staff to visit students
  • Visiting tutor packs compiled
  • Briefing of students in groups via assembly by WEXP Co-ordinator, health and safety expert and senior manager
  • Student evaluation forms distributed and collated
  • Whole-school assembly on work experience
  • Thank you letters sent to placement providers


Virtual Work Experience

Virtual work experience is completed digitally and allows students to complete work experience from home with top employers. This builds confidence and allows students to explore their job ideas. 

We recommend students and parent start exploring their options with these websites:



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