With many young people struggling to find work, it’s wise to ask the question, ‘What are employers are looking for?’ As well as having good qualifications, it is skills and experiences that can make you a desirable employee. What skills are needed? How do I get real life experiences in the world of work?

In June, Year 10 students undertake a one week work experience placement. Work experience gives students the chance to learn new skills and improve those they already have. There is a lot of class preparation earlier in the year to develop employability skills and students are actively encouraged to find their own placements.

Students can start by:

• Thinking about the sort of person they are – what they like/dislike?

• Thinking about what they might look for in a job – working with people, animals, buildings, land, equipment or computers?

• Would they like to work in a shop, hospital, school, hairdressers, office, television or design studio, building site, garage, or maybe a laboratory?

• Trying to list any jobs that fit – what jobs match who you are with what they’d like in a job? This can be a good place to start.

Work Experience Links

Barclays Lifeskills

If you’re at school and aged 14–19, finding work experience through LifeSkills is simple, but you’ll need the help of your teacher. Start learning LifeSkills today and follow the steps to find your perfect placement.

Telford & Wrekin Council

Telford & Wrekin Council is committed to providing work experience placements for students from local schools and colleges and for unemployed people who may be looking for support to bridge the gap between unemployment and paid work.

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital

Work experience is a fantastic way to gain an insight into a particular career. It can also be an invaluable way of gaining confidence and an understanding of what it is like to work and care for people in a health care setting.


Our volunteering programme has won awards and whether you’re just starting out or changing your career, you’ll gain practical skills, work experience and a reference from us.

Southwater Event Group

As one of the largest employers in the area, we understand how important it is to ensure that those students who are interested in a career within the events and hospitality industry are supported through work experience placements.

Wolverhampton City Council

Our work experience programme is designed to give candidates an insight into who we are, what we do and the way we operate as a Local Authority.