Work experience and careers


Careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) programmes make a major contribution in preparing young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences that life demands.
Midhurst Rother College is committed to providing a CEIAG programme for all students in years 7 – 13. A planned progressive programme of activities across all years in the College supports students in choosing 14 – 19 pathways that suit their interests and abilities and help them to follow a career path and sustain employability throughout their working lives.

Midhurst Rother College’s Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Policy has the following aims:

  • to contribute to strategies for raising achievement, especially by increasing motivation; 
  • to support inclusion, challenge stereotyping and promote equality of opportunity;
  • to encourage participation in continued learning including higher education and further education;
  • to develop enterprise and employment skills;
  • to reduce drop out from and course switching in education and training;
  • to contribute to the economic prosperity of individuals and communities;
  • to meet the needs of all our students through appropriate differentiation;
  • to focus students on their future aspirations;
  • to involve parents, carers and the local community.


Work Experience

We can see the value in learning through experience and as such aim for all our Year 10 and Year 12 students to complete Work Experience in the summer term. Students, with parental assistance, are expected to source the placements themselves, providing them with a first-hand experience of searching for employment.

For some students work experience is an opportunity to gain experience of working within their chosen career, these placements can often be difficult to source. The College is able to guide students with their placement choices; we encourage students to find placements that develop the key business skills that can prove invaluable to work applications in the future. Students in Year 12  are expected to find placements that provide skills that can be utilised to enhance their personal statement for university or work applications. 

Students are given training on skills for the working world in the run up to their work experience placement – these include health and safety, punctuality and attitude to work. Students are usually visited by a member of staff during the week and they are also given a work experience booklet for completion during the placement, and we will check in with as many as possible during the week.

We pride ourselves in building a positive working relationship with placement providers, contacting them all well in advance.  This ensures the College has a good understanding of the placement, the environment and enables us to assess any possible risks associated with the student’s placement. 

We have had fansastic feedback each year from both employers and students on the positive engagement during work experience. Please contact us at if you would like to offer a placement.

What can students do?  
Use the U-Explore website to look at possible careers choices.  Talk to adults about the different jobs they do.  Talk to your teachers about qualifications and career progression.

What can parents/carers do to support?  
Talk to your child about possible career choices, the skills they will need in the work place, career progression and so on.  Encourage your child to find a placement independently.

Year 10 Work Experience 2021 including Work Experience Application Form 2021 (Letter dated 30 September 2020)
Careers Education Information Advice Guidance policy (CEIAG)
Work Experience Policy
Provider Access Policy Statement

 Work Experience 2021

Carmen in Year 10 – Fitzcanes, Midhurst – she was brilliant all week and was a pleasure to have. Fynn in Year 10 – Cowdray Golf Club - doing wonderfully well - he's a lovely lad! He has now been offered summer work with the Golf Club. Isabel in Year 10 – Midhurst Bakery - Hard working and wonderful with the customers – Has been offered part time work at the weekends.
Jasmine in Year 10– Noahs Ark Inn, Lurgashall - Jasmine works part-time here at weekends and they are already very happy with her. Lillianne in Year 10 – Lodsworth Larder - Utterly brilliant and all the customers have been very impressed with her. Madeleine in Year 10 – Woodland Vets Very impressed with her, takes initiative and eager to help out with everything, Planning on returning in the summer for another week.



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MRC Sixth Form
Apprenticeships: Guidance and Support


National Careers Week 2021
National Careers Week which took place 1-6 March and to celebrate they've teamed up with NCW to create a free guide outlining vocational options after GCSE and sixth form. It’s a great resource to give parents more information about non-academic routes to careers – and you might find some pages useful too. Click here to download your free copy.



Support through Covid 19

If your parents are struggling to keep their teens on track, especially those in Years 11 and 13, now there are exam cancellations this year and schools are closed to most pupils, do direct them to our 25 minute video on what to do at home. Alternatively, they may prefer to download one of our free guides. Don’t forget, we’ve plenty of other resources for parents developed during Covid 19, so do share a link to our website if you can:


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