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Work experience

The best way to gain employability is through work experience, which for Cranbrook students starts at the end of their third year (Year 11), when after their GCSEs, they undertake a compulsory week’s work placement with the School's involvement. Other placements are also arranged for the Sixth Formers in the holidays, and we caim to help them as much as we after leaving Cranbrook.

We help students find the best placements suitable for them and often these are with Old Cranbrookians, parents and friends of Cranbrook School. We are keen to build on our success in this area and would be delighted to have as many diverse and interesting opportunities to offer our students as possible. For some professions work experience is essential (architecture, law, medicine etc.) but it is beneficial to all. Successful placements have been in the financial sector, engineering, media, veterinary and many more. An added bonus is that students can write and talk about their work experience as part of their university application, and on into their career.

Cranbrook provides a first rate all-round education, usually leading to a top university course, but increasingly prospective employers are looking for more. The CBI puts it like this:

‘Businesses want graduates who not only add value, but who have the skills to help transform their organisation in the face of continuous and rapid economic and technological change. All graduates – whatever their degree discipline – need to be equipped with employability skills. Employability covers a broad range of non-academic or softer skills and abilities which are of value in the workplace. It includes the ability to work in a team; a willingness to demonstrate initiative and original thought; self-discipline in starting and completing tasks to a deadline.’

If you feel you could offer a work placement, please make contact with our Careers Officer, Mrs Christine Newman.