At Derwen you will experience real work situations with appropriate levels of support.
As a new student you will have taught sessions in your chosen programme area. As your confidence, experience and skills increase internal work experience sessions will be included in your timetable.
You will access a range of internal work experience sessions within your chosen programme area and the operational and commercial outlets in college. As in your taught sessions, you will work towards your individual objectives and targets set by your Programme Manager.
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Towards the end of your programme you will start to work with the Work Experience and Transition team, who will arrange for you to have an external work experience placement suitable for you.
External placements are arranged by the Work Experience Coordinator and are linked to your programme area: either in one of our satellite sites or within the local community. You will generally have completed a Health and Safety Certificate and, if applicable, a Food Safety Certificate prior to starting an external placement in the community. External placements are generally accessed in the third year but exceptions have been made if a learner is excelling.
The Work Experience Team have well-established contacts with a wide range of work experience providers in Oswestry and the surrounding area and work opportunities can be linked to the home area where appropriate. These include national chains such as Premier Inn, Co-op and Tesco, as well as local libraries, catering establishments and shops. You may also gain work experience in more unusual locations, such as the Cae Post Recycling Plant and Chirk Fish Farm.
We also have a very successful partnership with Severn Dee Travel at Gobowen where Derwen College run the The Station Café. This provides invaluable work experience opportunities for students working with members of the public in a busy café environment.
The Work Experience Team have, for the second time, received a Fair Train gold quality standard award for the outstanding work that they do.
During your final two terms at Derwen College the Transition Coordinator will work with you as well as your parents/guardians to look for work opportunities in your home area. This process will usually be discussed during your first review meeting to ensure you have access to the specific learning opportunities suitable to the type of work you would like to do when leave college.
If you wish to participate in work experience in your home area during the college holidays, the Transition Coordinator will liaise with your local careers adviser to assess feasibility and assist in making the necessary arrangements.
If you already undertake work experience or paid employment, let us know and we will endeavour to continue the placement at the closest branch where appropriate.
For more details and information please contact:
Abi Baker: Work Experience Coordinator
Georgie Johnson: Transition Coordinator