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Work experience and shadowing: information for parents

There are a number of schemes that offer your child the opportunity to gain insight and experience in the workplace.

Why is work experience part of the school curriculum?

In a competitive workplace employability skills are becoming more and more important. Building these skills is essential. Employers are looking for people who:

  • have a good attitude to work
  • are honest
  • are reliable
  • have good problem solving skills
  • are good communicators 
  • are good at working as part of a team

What schemes are on offer?

Trident work experience

The Trident work experience scheme gives students the opportunity to develop employability skills and gain an understanding of the workplace. Each year around 1,000 14 – 16 year olds from all the Island's schools take part in work experience placements of 2 or 3 weeks duration. 

Trident has a success rate of around 97%. Trident works with a wide range of employers, many of which have been engaged since the scheme's start. For more information on Trident, see the Trident section of the website.

Trident (work experience)

Young Enterprise Company Programme

This programme focuses on developing entrepreneurial skills. It is an optional out-of-school activity open to year 12 students and involves:

  • learning how to set up a company
  • working with a team to launch a product or service and trade with the aim of making a financial profit
  • guidance from industry experts and advisers from local businesses
  • an optional level 3 exam which attracts UCAS points

Each year around 90 students from all 6th form schools and Highlands College take part in the Young Enterprise Company Programme. Meetings are held weekly (for 1 hour between 5.00 pm and 7.00 pm) at the host company’s premises. Teams are mixed so they will have the opportunity to work with people from other schools.

Young Enterprise website

Learn to Earn

Learn to Earn is a programme for year 10 students. It is designed to help young people to understand the relationship between learning and the achievement of personal lifestyle goals. The programme is delivered jointly by a business partner and teacher.

Learn to Earn on Young Enterprise website

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