Qwilter, haven't read the responses, but any companies doing first aid courses? He could get in on that?
When I was 15 years old, I did my 2 weeks work experience at the local Co-op. I was just used as cheap labour and was left to lift heavy boxes up on to shelves whilst climbing up a step ladder to reach the top shelf. Was left completely unsupervised whilst doing this (must have been completely against health and safety regulations.) Was also left to cut the dead leaves off cabbages with a sharp knife and was given no safety equipment to prevent cuts.
Learned nothing constructive in that two weeks.
We never even had work experience when I was a school (it was a very long time ago).
My cousin's 18-y-o son worked in Tescos, on the deli counter (as a job, not a WP). He cut himself with a knive, and my cousin made such a fuss, threatening to sue Tescos for not teaching him to use a knife.
I did think that maybe SHE ought to have taught him how to use a knife, whilst she taught him how to cook for himself!
But then she managed to chop her own big toe off with a lawn mower, so maybe she wouldn't have been the best person!
Thanks for the responses. Some good points raised by all. Firstly, my hubby's school is no way going to take B on WE...it's for all the kids who have been thrown out of every other school in the area for disruptive behaviour!
We've found a few likely companies which B is going to phone in his own time after we went through the phone book with him last night. We role played him making a call (yeah very wishy washy liberal mummy!) and I mentioned that he would need to take travelling to the placement into account when looking for places.
When I worked in retail, the WE kids who came in were made to peel promotion stickers off the old CDs, thereby putting them off retail for life I would think!
Had to smile at the suggestions of sending kids to local primary school for WE. I work in a junior school and we get inundated with kids wanting to do WE. A few are really good (usually those kids who have a genuine interest in teaching/sports or working with children), but for the majority it's seen as a cushy number (particularly if they are kids who used to come to our school). It really annoys me that they haven't tried to find a "real" work experience placement.
FTR, my eldest daughter did two weeks with ASDA, working mainly in the offices with different departmental managers, trading standards, security etc. She really enjoyed it and the staff at ASDA were fab. Youngest daughter did two weeks at National Sea Life Centre and has never stopped talking about it. She worked in the Entertainments' Dept, showing school parties round, cleaning, etc etc. and would go back tomorrow if she could (she doesn't like school!).
Good luck with placement hunting!
Good news! He has to cycle past the LBS on his way to his martial arts class, so off his own back, he asked them if they take WE kids...they do and they have space in the week he's doing WE. He's mad keen on cycling, and they know him quite well already from him winning his age group at a local adventure race in summer.
Great news, and I reckon the placements they find themselves work out better as they invest time in the children rather than use them for the menial tasks. And if they know him, all the better.
to him for use of his initiative - great to know that some of the things we say do get through...
My year 11 son has just told me he has an interview friday at a racing stables to see if he can do work experience there..............It would be great as he wants to do an equestrian course next year and he already works saturdays at a riding school.....
unfortunately he won't let me go with him to the interview........Its hard .you want thenm to grow up and make their own decisions but then you don't want to let him go.......
the place is about 20/30 miles away from here and he will have to start at 6:45
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