Work Experience

Dates for Work Experience are as follows:

Phase 1 –  Wednesday 12th February to Friday 14th February 2020


Phase 2 –  Wednesday 27 March – Friday 29 March 2020

Evaluations 2018/19

‘My work experience was really good. I learned a lot of new skills, for example, I learned how to communicate with foreign children who couldn’t speak English, and how to deal with young children fighting. I formed some great relationships with the students and staff I didn’t know. On Wednesday the 6th February, I worked with reception and year 1 celebrating Chinese new year and making Chinese lanterns and I also did Phonics with a small group of children. On Thursday the 7th we continued to celebrate Chinese new year and had a little play outside. Today I was with year 2 and we had magic maths in the morning, this is where parents come in for a hour and do maths with their children. After that, we did science, English, RE and had golden time at the end of the day for a hour. I worked 1 to 1 with a few of the lower students in the class. I helped with admin jobs such as photocopying and printing etc. and I played some games with the students and read books with those who where sent on a time out for their behaviour in class. In conclusion it was such a great experience and I would love an opportunity like this again.’ Charlotte Gorry

‘I enjoyed my work experience in Upton Community Centre Cafe. I learnt the skills of teamwork and organisation and worked well under pressure. Everyone there was really lovely and polite. I am going back there over the summer to volunteer to gain more experience of building customer relations.’ Tilly Adams

‘I enjoyed my work experience a lot, and the children were lovely and welcoming from the beginning to end.  I was a classroom assistant at St. Michael’s Catholic Primary School. I helped with subject such as RE and Spanish and I also did some scribing for 2 boys in the class. I learnt about communication skills and really improved my patience. It was an amazing experience and I’d love to go back.’ Lilli Wilkerson

‘I enjoyed the workplace and learnt many valuable skills. Some of these include; teamwork, communication, tolerance and all were developed in an unknown environment.’ Adam Twigg

‘I did my work experience at Liverpool airport. I experienced how to speak to customers politely and professionally. We also experienced teamwork and problem solving at the fire station. I also got to find out the meaning of hard work when doing a 12 hour shift.’ Kieran O’Dea

‘I really enjoyed my work experience. I got to work with the public which I think will be very beneficial for me in the future. The staff were very friendly and welcoming to me for the 3 days. This was a very different experience for me and the staff were very happy with the work I did in Vanity Salon.’ Lily Bird

‘My work experience was amazing at Halton Hospital, I loved my 3 days there and didn’t want to leave. My duties included:

  • giving the patients their breakfast and dinner
  • general conversations with patients
  • admin tasks
  • shadowing carers with their daily routines

Beth Kenny


Year 10 Step by Step Guide to Work Experience

  1. Year 10 students have the opportunity to participate in work experience during this academic year. The dates are as stated above.
  2. Placements can be between one and three days in length.
  3. Students are encouraged to independently research and enquire about placement opportunities.
  4. Placements should relate to career interests and the curriculum choices that you have made.
  5. All students are expected to complete a ‘Career Aspirations’ form, this will be given to you by your form tutor. I strongly recommend that each student gives as much information as possible on this form, this in turn will allow me to research and possibly assist you in acquiring a placement.
  6. Students should look to secure the most beneficial placement possible. Do not take the easy option.
  7. Once a placement is secured, please come to me for the necessary paperwork to be completed.

Please check your school email, I have provided you with a CV / Cover Letter template to help you should you wish to contact an employer.

If you have any queries, please call to my office to see me.

N. Johnson (Assistant Principal of Aspiration and Achievement)

Careers / Work Experience Co-ordinator


A work experience placement enables students to develop their employability skills and helps them to think about jobs they could do in the future. All students at Ormiston Chadwick Academy have the opportunity to go on a work experience placement during Year 10. Mrs Johnson will assist students with obtaining a placement. Students/parents can also arrange their own placement (self-placement forms are available from Mrs Johnson from September of Year 10 onwards).

Speedworks Motorsport is a British motor racing team based in Sandbach, Cheshire, I went to Speedworks Motorsport to work with their team of mechanics for my work experience, I found the whole experience to be a fantastic opportunity. I got to learn how a motorworks team really operates behind the scenes. I will never forget my experience at Speedworks it has helped me to establish my future career possibilities. NICOLE FLETCHER

I had a fantastic opportunity to undertake my work experience as an ‘Assistant Chef’ at The Quarter Restaurant in the Hope Street area of Liverpool. On arrival the staff were friendly, helpful and patient. I learned new techniques in relation to food preparation. The chain also own 60 Hope Street and Host Restaurant and I was given the opportunity to spend time in each resaurant and experience first-hand the running of the kitchens. I would highly commend The Quarter Restaurant, the food is freshly prepared, it has a really good atmosphere and the staff are helpful and friendly. RYAN MCINTOSH


VINCI Construction UK is a national construction and facilities company. Undertaking my work Experience at Vinci Construction really helped me clarify my thoughts about my future. Steven Bowen, Quantity Surveyor on site did a great job of making me feel welcome as did the rest of the team. I feel I have a reasonable insight into the role of a Quantity Surveyor, I could easily have stayed for longer had I not had serious work to return to at school, however if I could, I would definitely go back again. EMILY BROWN

My work experience was at the Cheshire Fire Safety HQ in Winsford. The amount of different things we did were amazing. I learned so much and I was only there for a week! It was a spectacular experience and I would love to work in that line of work. I may even look to become a firefighter. TASH STANKAVITCH

Best experience ever! I learned so many new skills and had an amazing time at Cheshire Fire and Rescue Headquarters. SIAN DAVIES


I really enjoyed working in a radio station. It gave me the confidence to talk to people and I learned me how research and prepare questions in advance of interviewing guests. I now know what a radio station really looks and works like. I really love music so I had an awesome time. I am hoping to do some voluntary work at the station on a Saturday. ELLIE UNSWORTH


Work experience at Santander was an insightful event, we got to see the flipside of a bank and the business workings that go into running it. Working in different areas of the bank meant that we got to experience a taste of different job roles. We particularly enjoyed ‘Business Banking’ as this allowed us to interact with the customer. CHLOE ROSS & CHARLEIGH HUGHES


Cerys Hodson worked at The Liverpool School of English in May this year and while she was here displayed maturity, a willingness to work in isolation and as part of a team. Her confidence grew by the day.

Cerys has a good ‘attention to detail’ and was never afraid to ask questions. She spent time working in the International Operations department and also observed some of our English classes.

Later in the summer we invited Cerys to volunteer as a Student Ambassador at our International Summer School during the summer holiday; which she did and I am sure will be back in future years.

Cerys’s placement is a wonderful example of how this programme can work for both student and company.

Cerys’s qualities have helped her achieve beyond our expectations for someone so young. She is a very bright young lady who smiles her way through the day and is a pleasure to have around.

I wish Cerys the very best for her future and I am sure we will see Cerys again very soon.




The Work Experience programme at HSBC UK offers a five-day shadowing experience to students in the later years of full-time secondary education, sixth form or college. The programme has been set up with the idea to help young people from different social-economic backgrounds gain an insight into a professional environment, as well as the banking industry.

We have over 300 Work Experience opportunities nationwide, all of which will be available through June, July and August 2020. Specific details regarding each opportunity and the option to submit an application can be found here”HSBCWE2020%22&Location=Europe (”HSBCWE2020%22&Location=Europe)

The application process will entail some online questions and, if successful, a telephone interview. To help prepare for this, we recommend checking out our Application Hints and Tips page here: ( . A telephone interview will be arranged with the student during the office hours (Monday to Friday), HSBC UK would request the education providers/authorities to allow the student to attend this interview during school hours where possible.

Our placements will be spread out across the UK and students can list their location preferences when applying, but please note that only one application should be submitted and we cannot make any guarantees on placing a student in their preferred location as this is subject to availability.

The closing date for applications is the 16th February 2020, however we do offer these on a rolling basis and do reserve the right to close some adverts early if we fill all our spaces. Places are limited so we recommend students apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.