Work Experience

******************************IMPORTANT UPDATE RE. WEX 2023********************************

Year 11 students will be going on Work Experience w/c 27 November 2023! 

If you are experiencing any difficulties with WEX, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Murray, Ms Millard (on Tuesdays) and your tutor who can help.

Work Experience 

All Year 11 students (Class of 2023) are expected to attend a Work Experience placement in November 2023. See below for details of dates, paperwork, and other useful information.

Dates of Work Experience

The Work Experience week is w/c 27.11.2023 

All forms must be returned to SBL Academy by  FRIDAY 6th OCTOBER 2023 please. Any received late may be subject to a £35 H&S checking fee and can not be guaranteed.

Work Experience paperwork

All students have been issued with a green WEX form, letter and timeline before half term. 

All placements MUST be approved. All placements must be recorded and signed by employer, parent/ carer and student on the green WEX form. They will then be entered onto the system and await approval. Most placements will need to be visited by the H&S company to ensure it is safe for the students to attend. This is why the deadlines are so important and must be adhered to please.

Learn about Work WEX website

Please read instructions below or this handy PowerPoint has it summarised for you.

All students will be issued with a PIN to login and access the WEX database which can be accessed through any electronic means and anywhere!

The website can be found at

How to Log In

How to search for placements

You can download our help guide by CLICKING HERE.

Important Advice

Please note that if you add a placement to Selections, this just saves it for you.

It does NOT contact the employer or tell them you are interested in the placement. This needs to be done by the student or parent/carer

Companies on the site may not now be in a position to offer a placement. It just means they have done at some point.

Virtual WEX Opportunities

During the pandemic, many companies and institutions offered Virtual Work Experience.  These are still continuing and are a great addition to our WEX programme or for younger students who are not yet completing WEX in school (check age requirements). 

Ms Murray also regularly informs students of VWEX opportunities and discovery workshops from Speakers for School. The students who have undertaken these have rated them highly and found them enjoyable and useful. 

Virtual Work Experience in the Services 

Barclays Life Skills VWEX

Springpod is a great website with VWEX opportunities

The Brighton and Sussex Medical School has created free virtual work experience

Observe GP is an alternative to work experience for aspiring medics aged 16 and over, who are living in the UK. It is a free interactive video platform providing insights into the role of a GP and the wider primary care team.