Information for Students

Finding a Placement

You could choose your placement from the Mainframe database of over 4000 employers that have already been checked and approved for work experience.  Ask your Work Experience Co-ordinator if your school has signed up for this option.

Secondly, your school has a list of placements that students have used in the past, your Work Experience Co-ordinator can help you to use this list.

Alternatively, look through a directory such as “Yellow Pages”.

Either write a letter to, telephone, or visit the employer that you want to ask for a work placement.  Prepare for this carefully in advance and ask your Form Tutor / Work Experience Co-ordinator for advice if necessary.

All placements MUST be checked and authorised by Mainframe. Let your Work Experience Co-ordinator know if you want to use an employer that has not been used by your school before.

Top tips

To make your work experience a success:

  • Attend every day and always arrive in plenty of time
  • Treat everyone with consideration and be polite at all times
  • Be enthusiastic and show a positive attitude to your work
  • Wear appropriate clothing for the placement
  • Listen carefully to instructions and ask if you do not understand
  • Think before you act and work safely
  • If you have a problem with work talk to your supervisor
  • If you can’t sort out a problem at work tell your teacher
  • Keep a record of everything you do and fill in your data book
  • Send a ‘thank you’ letter to your placement provider afterwards

Health & Safety

Always remember – that you are responsible for:

  • Your own health and safety whilst on placement
  • The health and safety of others – anyone who might be affected by your actions
  • Knowing your employer’s safety policy and rules – get to know the rules straight away
  • Observing the safety rules – Health and Safety regulations should be pointed out to you at the start of your placement. Obey them at all times. Make sure you know the fire regulations, including the position of fire exits, extinguishers and alarms. Keep fire doors shut and take heed of notices displayed for your safety and the safety of other staff
  • Dressing safely/appropriately for the work you do
  • Behaving in a responsible manner
  • Reporting – any accident, damage to equipment or hazard, to the correct person (usually your supervisor and/or First Aider)

Always report accidents and enter them in the accident book.

First Aid should always be available and you will be told the name of the official First Aider in your workplace.

Do only what is agreed in your placement description.