Work experience and internships
Spark’s Work Experience & Internships Service enables students to have the opportunity to undertake at least a one week work placement during Key Stage 4 or 5. We also offer an alternative model of Industry Insight Days, which is increasingly popular at Key Stage 4.
“Just want to say a big thank you… His work experience went very well and was thoroughly enjoyable. I don’t think I have ever seen him so keen to get somewhere in the mornings and actually hold a conversation about his day in the evenings. He even managed to get a part time summer job through a contact he made… Myself and Jasraj would like to say a big thank you for all your effort [in] making this happen.”
Mr N Kang, Parent of young person on Spark! work experience
Work experience placements are often not directly related to a young person’s career aspirations, but they give students a valuable insight into the world of work, and the opportunity to learn new skills and develop their independence and self-confidence. Nonetheless enhanced work experience programmes are available for those students undertaking sector specialisms or applied courses, such as BTECs or other post-16 qualifications.
We work closely with partner schools through co-ordinators and employers to ensure that together they prepare and deliver high quality work experience programmes – that enhance the work-related curriculum and ensure that students maximise their learning outcomes.
Please note that for contractual and insurance reasons we do not presently accepting direct commissions from parents to organise work experience placements. If you would like our support, please introduce us to the Work Experience Coordinator at your son or daughter’s school.
We are now testing Student Studio which will support students and their supervisors whilst they are out on placement.
For more information please get in touch. You should also contact our office if you are about to go out on a Spark! organised work placement and would like access to password protected resources to help you prepare.