KS4: work experience is not a statutory requirement, but it is expected
The Gatsby benchmarks state that it is 'expected' that every pupil must have had at least 1 first-hand experience of a workplace by the time they're 16. This is not necessarily a formal work experience placement. It could be:
- A work visit
- Work shadowing
- Work experience placements
- Career-related volunteering and social action
The Gatsby benchmarks are not statutory, but they are a useful framework to use to develop your careers programme in line with the statutory requirements.
Students on 16 to 19 study programmes are expected to do work experience or some form of work-related training as part of their study programme. For some, it can be the core aim of their study programme The time spent by students on work experience is funded at the same level as qualifications taught in the classroom Work experience should be