Employability and work experience


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Employability covers a broad range of non-academic or softer skills and abilities which are of value in the workplace. It includes the ability to work in a team; a willingness to demonstrate initiative and original thought; self-discipline in starting and completing tasks to deadline.  The Director of the Confederation of British Industry states “Employability skills are the most important attributes that businesses look for in new recruits…” and the Talent and Resources Director, Crossrail and UK Commissioner for Employment and Skills says “ If we want young people who are ready for the workplace, we need to be ready to help build their employability skills”. Work experience is an excellent way for young people to develop employability skills.

The Department for Education asserts that “meaningful work placement can provide valuable experience of the work environment and help students decide on future careers or study options and demonstrate their potential to future employers or universities”

Work experience support from the Standards and Learning Effectiveness Service (SLES)

The Work Experience Service offers three levels of support including:

  • Health and Safety Assessment Support
  • Work Experience Matched Placement Service and
  • Bespoke Work Experience Matched Placement Service for learners with complex needs.

Find out more, or place an order visit our work experience service on the Services 2 Schools Webshop.

Aspire work experience database

Look up details of employers across Sussex who take students on work experience on the aspire database, which is accessible to schools and training providers who have bought in to the work experience service. Contact us if you would like to find out more about the database or how to access the service.

Student information

Students can find out more about work experience by going to C360 - work experience.

Employer information

Employers can find out more about providing work experience by going to C360 - work experience

Work experience at East Sussex County Council

You can find a number of placements at East Sussex County Council on the aspire online database. Please contact your school's work experience coordinator.

Hosting work experience placements at your school

Contact the Work Experience team if you are interested in hosting work experience in your school.

Inspiring the future

Inspiring the Future is a free service with volunteers from all sectors and professions going into state schools and colleges to talk about their jobs and sectors.