June 2012Dear Parent/CarerIn November of this year, your child will be given the opportunity to take part in a work experience placement which isan integral part of the work experience programme. This programme is completed during Social Education lessons inschool and will involve your child learning all about the processes involved in applying for a job, going to work and workingin a different environment. On completion of the unit, your child will be awarded the Personal Development unit calledSelf and Work at either Intermediate 1 or 2 level.This work experience opportunity is offered in conjunction with East Lothian Council and Gateway. All placements arethoroughly checked for Health and Safety and their suitability for young people. Many of the placement providers haveoffered their services over a number of years and pupils have benefited from their experience.There is a wide selection of jobs and places of work to choose from throughout Edinburgh and East Lothian. Whendeciding upon a placement, pupils are invited to look through a database of available placements and choose one whichthey think will be most suited to their existing skills and qualities.Once the placement details have been confirmed, I would ask that all parents/carers discuss their son/daughter’splacement with him/her and begin to look into travel arrangements. If there are any problems please contact us as soonas possible.We recognise that not every pupil will be guaranteed a job that is most suited to him/her or of interest regarding careerintention and we therefore give pupils the opportunity to organise their own work placement. In recent years howeverthe laws regarding Health and Safety in the work place have become much more stringent and there is a great deal ofpaper work to be completed before we can allow any pupil to undertake a self found work experience placement at theirchosen venue. In the event of pupils choosing to organise their own placements, it is their responsibility to ensure thatthe necessary paperwork is completed by both parent and employer and returned to the school by the date stated below.
Unfortunately, if the paper work is not completed in time, we cannot guarantee that the placement will be possible.
Pupils can collect the relevant forms from their Social Education teachers or from myself. Please note, selffound placements must take place in the same week as all other placements.So that we can efficiently deal with the paper work, I would ask that you take a note of the dates below, to ensure that your son/daughter has made all the necessary returns in good time.Week beginning 20 AugustPasswords and usernames will be given to pupils to allow them to view the database.Friday 14 September
date for acceptance of self-found placement paperworkWeek beginning 17 September Database booking week12 October Parental Consent forms must be returned
19 November – 23 November Work Experience Week for all S4 Pupils
Week beginning 10 DecemberAll paperwork completed and handed inI am sure you will agree that this is an exciting opportunity for all pupils in S4. I thank you in advance for all your helpand support. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions relating to the above.Yours faithfullyMiss Easson