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Work Experience

What we do

The Work Experience Team's role is to develop, promote and deliver Council in-house and external work experience placements.

We work with schools, other education and training providers and external agencies to deliver a programme of work experience and work related learning for students aged 14 to 19. This encourages progression into further learning or employment and complements and supports the Borough's vocational curriculum.

We work closely with local employers to build and strengthen relationships between the business community and the education sector to encourage close working partnerships. This benefits the borough's young people by broadening their skills and knowledge of the world of work. These relationships could be in the form of work experience placements or work related learning activities such as:

  • employability workshops
  • mock interview sessions
  • business awareness activities
  • specialist sessions for special educational needs and disability (SEND) learners.
Why we need your information and how we use it

The Work Experience Team acts as the Central Placement Service managing work experience placements and work related learning activities for the majority of schools, colleges and training providers in the borough.

We liaise with employers both in Royal Greenwich and further afield to ensure that the environments that students visit and tasks completed are safe and suitable.

We also ensure that employers meet all necessary health, safety and welfare requirements including having the necessary insurance in place prior to all placements or activities.

Section 560 of the Education Act 1996, as amended by Section 112 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998, enables students of compulsory school age to participate in schemes of work experience where arrangements have been made by the Council's Children's Services, or school governing body on its behalf, with a view to providing work experience as part of a student's education. Section 560 as amended applies to students at any time in the last two years of compulsory schooling.

What is our power to obtain and use personal data?
  • Compliance with our legal obligations
  • Tasks carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority
  • Consent
What type of information we collect

In order for the Work Experience Team to deliver the service we collect the following information:

Students:

  • name
  • address
  • date of birth
  • gender
  • ethnicity
  • telephone number (parent or child)
  • school name and address
  • year group, course, tutor group
  • email address (parent or child)
  • details of special education need(s) and/or disability
  • medical conditions (if relevant).

Employers:

  • name of company/organisation
  • address
  • main telephone number and/or email address/fax number
  • contact person
  • direct dial contact number or mobile number
  • personal email address
  • job title
  • individual's working days and/or hours
  • medical conditions (if relevant)
Who we may share your information with

Your data may be shared with the following:

Students

  • host employer
  • internal departments
  • other local authorities (Children's Services and other services as relevant and necessary)
  • external work experience or work-related learning organisations delivering services on our behalf
  • IT software developers
  • external funding providers
  • NHS Foundation Trusts
  • Youth Offending Teams and relevant youth custodial establishments
  • agencies with whom we have a duty to co-operate, such as police
  • Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service
  • other third-party organisations, as allowed by law.

Employers

  • schools, colleges and training providers
  • students and their parent and/or carer
  • internal departments
  • other local authorities (Children's Services and other services as relevant and necessary)
  • external work experience or work-related learning organisations delivering services on our behalf
  • IT software developers
  • external funding providers
  • Youth Offending Teams and relevant youth custodial establishments
  • agencies with whom we have a duty to co-operate, such as the Police
  • Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service
  • other third-party organisations, as allowed by law.
How long we keep your information

We archive records relating to individual students' work experience programmes until the student will have reached his or her 21st birthday. This is necessary because a student will have three years from the date of his or her 18th birthday from which to sue for a personal injury claim.

Version date
June 2019