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Woodbrook Vale School

Woodbrook Vale School

Woodbrook Vale

Work Experience

Rationale for work experience

We believe that all students should experience a workplace during their time at Woodbrook Vale School. To do this, all students complete a one week work experience placement at the end of Year 10.

This allows students to learn more about the world of work, develop their employability skills and try out a possible career.

From a previous survey of students that completed their work experience

  • 84% of students said they gained confidence
  • 82% improved their communication skills
  • 82% stated that their team working skills were stronger after work experience
  • 92% felt more positive about the world of work
  • 86% said that they were motivated to work harder in school
  • 85% felt they had developed new skills
  • 75% were clearer about what they wanted to do in their future education / career.

There are 3 routes to arranging the work experience placement - 

Self-placement (most students)

(ideal for students that know want type of business they want to work with)
The student knows what sector they want to work in and then approaches a business to arrange the placement. They mostly organise this themselves (with their parents) using the online assistance on Unifrog. Parents/guardians can check and give consent to the placement on Unifrog. The school checks the placement for appropriateness, suitable insurance, health and safety etc..

The student’s work placement will be with a parent, guardian or close relative. The school only does a check for appropriateness

The student's work placement will be with a parent, guardian or close relative.  The school only does a check for appropriateness.

LEBC Placement

(ideal for students that do not have strong ideas about their placement)

The student completes a paper-based form (from Mrs Mcswiney) with their interests and LEBC arrange the placement by matching the student to an employer

LEBC is the Leicestershire Education Business Company (LEBC). They create successful links between business and education so that young people can learn more about business and working life.

For more information please get in touch with Mrs Mcswiney (

Key dates

Introduction assembly  1/12/22

Date for form submission   13/1/23

Useful links

Unifrog link -

Unifrog video