Services for Young People Hertfordshire Services for Young People

Work-related learning and work experience

Understanding the world of work is important for young people making decisions about their futures.

Young person wearing ear-defenders and smiling on work experience in a warehouse.

Engaging with employers is crucial for young people to develop their knowledge of the 'world of work', allowing them to make informed decisions about further or higher education, an apprenticeship or selecting a job, career or profession.

Offering high-quality work experience that properly reflects individuals’ studies and strengths, and supports the academic curriculum is a key part of a careers strategy.

We can:

  • source a range of employers for whole cohort work experience
  • source bespoke employers for targeted work experience
  • source employers able to support longer weekly placements
  • complete health and safety checks using IOSH qualified staff

With our comprehensive employer database, link2+, your students will have 'online' access to a broad cross-section of employers offering work experience placements.  

Work experience and work-related learning options 

Block work experience

Introduces students to the world of work, choosing an employer from a broad range of sectors and giving them the opportunity to spend a week as a member of staff. Gaining the basics of punctually, following instructions and being part of the workforce.

Bespoke work experience

Placements specifically found to support the attainment of a qualification or a course being studied. These can be focused on curriculum needs and can be offered in the majority of sectors. Programme duration can be amended as necessary to meet the needs of students.

Extended work experience

Tailored to a student's area of interest, these placements are one or two days a week across the academic year. Students get to experience working in more depth, gaining valuable skills for the future.

Mini extended work experience

Five-week trial of an extended placement where a student has the opportunity to try out a placement before they and the school commit to a long term placement.

Mock interviews

Employers support an interview day or half-day in school. Employers can be chosen covering broad sectors or be sector specific. Following each interview the employer provides feedback on interview techniques, language, dress-code and presentation.

CV workshop

Focuses students on their achievements, skills and qualities to enable them to put together a concise CV ready for today's job market. They can get feedback from employers on what they are looking for in a CV.  It can also include writing a covering letter to support their applications.

Careers carousel

Workshops delivered by employers that introduce students to the skills required within their industry sector. Groups of three or four students have 10-minute sessions with each employer outlining the day to day job role, the necessary qualifications, skills and progression opportunities. This is an opportunity to inspire your students, they can ask questions and learn more about their area of work.

Careers fairs

We can organise your careers event. We can introduce local and national businesses providing a face-to-face opportunity for students to meet employers and understand their sector and recruitment processes. Students are given the chance to speak at length with the employers discovering the qualifications, skills and attributes necessary in their field.

Employer visits

Students are given the opportunity to visit an employer's premises and hear from staff members about their working day, routes into their particular sector, focusing on key employability skills and ending with a tour of the building. These visits can be grouped (two or three employers in the same sector allowing for comparisons) or be based around a broader range of sectors.


From the Head of Legal and Democratic Services and Monitoring Officer at East Herts District Council to the SfYP SEND Team regarding the My Future Project

“It has been a pleasure providing work experience for a young person here at East Herts… A supportive work experience placement can help individuals develop transferable skills, understand how organisations work, build confidence, and confirm or decide on a young person’s chosen career path… easing young people into [the world of work] gradually is a fantastic way of helping to soften that transition.”

Interested in finding out more?

To discuss your personalised package and costs, please contact us: