Work Experience

We aim to give all pupils aged 14-19 the opportunity to gain an insight into the world of work through work experience placements within the community, internally in GANF, through work place visits and locally organised career events.

Work Experience

As part of the learning programme it helps pupils to:

  • Experience work at first hand
  • Understand how an employing organisation functions
  • Experience the social relationships at work
  • Appreciate the expectations that employees will have of fellow workers
  • Assess how they will adapt to working patterns and relationships outside school
  • Gain the self-confidence needed in the adult world which in turn increases self-esteem and self-worth
  • Develop skills and knowledge for adult life

The work experience coordinator organises the placement which is then approved by the Lincolnshire and Rutland Education Business partnership. Once consent letters have been received from parent/carers the placement is then confirmed.

Work experience opportunities are advertised, pupils complete application forms and go through an interview process. We also work with pupils to organise more personal placements.

A work experience TA is available to support pupils and will accompany those who may require it.

During the period of work experience the pupil is required to complete a work experience log book provided by the school. The work experience co- coordinator will visit the pupil during their time on placement and will keep a record of this. All employers complete a short report on each student at the end of the placement.

Work experience placements usually last for either one full day or ½ a day a week for 6 weeks, however extended work experience may be offered to pupils to support engagement or to enable them to enroll on a specific course at college.

Current External Opportunities:

  • Hope Café
  • The Co-op
  • McDonalds
  • Asda
  • Children’s Day Nursery
  • Little Gems Gift Shop (Grantham College)

We also have strong links with many other local businesses such as motor mechanics, opportunities to work with animals and Grantham Museum. Our aim is to ensure that the work experience we offer meets individual needs, as such we can organise one off experiences and recently had a visit from a local ice cream van.

Internal Opportunities:

  • Building and ground maintenance
  • Reception
  • Assisting in the lower school classes
  • Assisting with Lower school sports/PE

Please click each picture to view the case study:

hope community cafe     Coop     asda     Ice Cream     little gems     Ambergate Site Maintenence     macdonalds

Work Place Visits

Alongside the work experience placements we also organise work place visits. These are one off visits for either pupils who are not yet ready to participate in the work experience programme, or to visit employers who wish to support our programme, but are unable to offer ongoing work placements.

These visits have been hugely successful, at giving pupils an insight into the day to day workings of various companies.

So far we have visited:

  • The RSPCA in Radcliffe on Trent
  • Macdonald’s in Grantham
  • Job Centre in Grantham.
  • Western Power Station
  • Yorkshire Bank

We also have lots of other exciting visits lined up for the rest of this academic year.

Western power     Dogs Trust


Careers Events

Pupils also have the opportunity to attend various careers events. These events are supported by businesses/employers to give an insight into different areas of local employment. The days are very hands on and pupils get a practical taste of different job opportunities that perhaps they had not thought of before.

Recent career days attended:

  • Construction Day
  • Field to Fork

life in construction

As you can see we have a very wide range of activities on offer, requests from pupils can be wide ranging and we are always on the lookout for new and exciting placements, if you think you can help please don’t not hesitate to contact us.

Jo Corrall

Exams Officer/Careers Advisor/Work Experience Coordinator