Sixth Form Work Experience

In February, Year 12 students undertake a compulsory week of work experience to give a greater understanding of the world of work in their chosen area and help build links for future employment opportunities.

The dates for the 2021 Year 12 Work Experience week will be confirmed nearer the time.

The school will help where possible, but ultimately it is down to students themselves to organise their placement.

Useful Resources

Useful Contacts

For work experience within hospitals you must apply to the NHS organisation in your home area (postcode dependent).  Use the relevant information here:
https://hee.nhs.uk/hee-your-area/north-east/education-training/trust-work-experience

This page is helpful but some of the information can be out of date!  For specific opportunities also look at:

  • If you live in Northumberland you need to contact Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust – email your request to workexperience@northumbria.nhs.uk
  • Northumberland Tyne & Wear Foundation Trust – clinical and non-clinical placements available (including psychology and mental health placements). Please complete form ‘NTW NHS Foundation Trust – Application Form – Work Experience’ available from the Curriculum Team (curriculum@qehs.net) and return to Kelly Anderson (Training) on email: Anderson@ntw.nhs.uk
  • Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – they do not offer traditional work experience but are organising ‘Do you want to be a Doctor?’ and ‘Do you want to be a Nurse?’ events in June/July 2020. They will issue application instructions in January/February 2020 (it will be competitive!).  These will be advertised in school or you can email – Raine@nuth.nhs.uk
  • County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust – details at https://www.cddft.nhs.uk/working-for-us/work-experience-(15-to-18-year-olds-in-full-time-education-or-training).aspx

For work experience within a GP practice look at: https://www.hee.nhs.uk/hee-your-area/north-east/education-training/doctors/recruitment/primary-care/medical-school-work-experience-general-practice

This includes a list of GP practices prepared to offer work experience to students not in their area.

It is recommended that you get additional work experience to demonstrate your interest and ability to work with and care for vulnerable adults and children.  You may find some useful local contacts by searching: http://www.carehome.co.uk/care_search_results.cfm/searchregion/North-East-England

Again to gain access to a teaching degree course and many childcare related courses you will be asked to demonstrate experience of the classroom and / or work with children.  Most schools are very helpful about this so you need to contact the Head Teacher initially with a request.  The following information should help you:

http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Education/Schools/Contact.aspx

https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/education-and-learning/find-a-school-or-academy

http://www.durham.gov.uk/schools

https://www.gateshead.gov.uk/article/2783/School-directory

https://northumberland.fsd.org.uk/kb5/northumberland/fsd/family.page?familychannel=1

Tyne & Wear Museums: https://twmuseums.org.uk/volunteers/school-work-experience

National Trust: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/work-experience

English Heritage: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/support-us/volunteer/about-volunteering/

Theatre Royal: contact Kim.hoffman@theatreroyal.co.uk

The Sage Gateshead: http://www.sagegateshead.com/about-us/recruitment/other-opportunities-at-the-sage-gateshead/

Seven Stories – The National Centre for Children’s Books: Offer work experience during holidays and weekends only.
Contact: Jayne Nicholson, Operations Manager (0300 3301095 ext 303/201) Jayne.nicholson@sevenstories.org.uk

The Lit and Phil – the largest independent library outside London housing over 160,000 books (23 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE).
Contact: Kay Easson (Head Librarian) email: keasson@litandphil.org.uk (0191 2320192)

Cogito Books (5 St Mary’s Chare, Hexham, NE46 1NQ)
Contact: Claire Grint (01434) 602555 – happy to take students but looking for engaging interested students only.  Please contact by telephone initially.

Waterstones bookstores: contact each Store Manager directly

Hexham Courant: the Courant do not offer work experience

Beamish Museum: follow the instructions at http://www.beamish.org.uk/get-involved/work-placement/

Northumberland National Park: Apply in writing by emailing dave.richardson@nnpa.org.uk (put “work experience” in the subject line) 

Northumberland County Council: may have some relevant opportunities (libraries, tourist information, ask them about conservation work too). Fill in the form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfMa0ZxUtbaDfDN0dwZpWtGtecY_dRH3QRH32iyF0yblHJfbg/viewform?c=0&w=1 and once NCC receive the form they will make a decision as to whether a placement is available in your chosen department.

http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Campaigns/Working-for-Northumberland-County-Council/Graduates-Work-Experience-and-Apprenticeships.aspx 

Newcastle University: School of History, Classics & Archaeology. Contact Dr Jane Webster (0191) 2087575 or email: jane.webster@ncl.ac.uk

Virgin Money: offer one week of experience visiting all the departments within the company. This is an excellent way to see how a large business operates and get to sample all the business functions to see which you may find interesting. All applications are done through Speakers4Schools and you need to register and follow the instructions – http://www.s4snextgen.org/  Lots of other companies on here too!

Egger UK Ltd.: Egger will offer placements in all their departments (not only engineering) so get in quick if you would like to look at Finance, HR, Marketing, IT, etc…  Send your request initially to Philip Maloney (Recruitment Co-ordinator) email: philip.maloney@egger.com

Vattenfall Wind Power: Vattenfall is one of Europe’s largest producers of electricity.  Its main markets are Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and the UK and they have had an office in Hexham for the past 10 years.  They are offering a number of students the opportunity to work with them for the week to specifically look at the renewable energy industry and engineering / environmental roles.  Great opportunity!  Please email Amanda Little – email: Amanda.little@vattenfall.com

Scott Mitchell Associates Veterinary Surgeons (Tyne Green, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3SG, www.vets1.com) require a CV from the student wishing to undertake the placement and details of when they would be looking to carry out the work experience.Contact: 01434 608999, farm@vets1.com