The Education Authority Work Experience Arrangements aim to allow post
primary schools to work in partnership with organisations and employers to
ensure that pupils’ participation in work experience programmes is well managed, organised and safe. The arrangements are based on evolved good practice.
Restart of Work Experience
All types of work experience placements can recommence from 1st September 2022, where schools meet all the requirements set out below:
- The requirements of the ‘Work Experience Arrangements for Controlled, Maintained and Irish Medium Schools September 2019’ are in place and are fully implemented. The Work Experience Arrangements can be accessed below.
- The assessment of risk, for work placement practices, which is required within the work experience arrangements (see Form WE5 ‘Risk assessment for Work Experience Placements) includes adherence to any DE and PHA Covid-19 guidance which may be in place at the time of the work placement.
- Any relevant Covid-19 risks identified or procedures to be followed (as per form WE5 of the ‘Work Experience Arrangements) have been drawn to the attention of pupil.
EA will provide indemnity where schools have taken all the measures outlined above.
The board of governors in controlled, maintained and Irish medium schools offering work experience programmes should adopt these arrangements and agree a school policy that meets the individual needs of all pupils in their care.
It is the responsibility of the school to organise, manage, and administer work experience placements and be satisfied that they adhere to these arrangements including the completion and retention of the appropriate forms. Controlled, maintained and Irish medium schools will be required to make information available to the Education Authority on request in the event that a claim or legal proceedings arise.
EA Work Experience Arrangement Forms
The EA work experience forms have been extracted from the EA Work Experience Arrangements document for use by schools as part of their administrative duties in organising work experience placements. Schools may wish to add to the content of the forms for their own use; for example, extra information relating to administrative duties such as school staff contact details or notification of return dates for forms could be included within a school form.
The current content of any of these forms should not be altered or removed without agreeing the proposed amendments with an appropriate EA officer,as this may affect the conditions of the indemnity for a particular placement. Schools may also wish to brand some of the forms with their school style and logo. In most cases this is appropriate, and may help parents and employers to track and locate each school’s forms more easily. Please note that, due to legal and regulatory requirements, logos should not be inserted onto the Indemnity or Access NI vetting forms.
For specific work experience advice relating to general procedural issues, legal/indemnity issues, curricular issues, Access NI issues, please contact the appropriate person listed in the table below.