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The Bishop of Winchester Academy

The Bishop
of Winchester

Work Experience and Volunteering

We believe that gaining experience in a work place or organisation is a valuable part of a broad careers curriculum.  Over 95% of schools and colleges identify employability skills and increased self-confidence as key benefits of experiences of work.  Students will gain important insights into their career interests and values, which will help them with their future decision-making and that they will relate and apply the skills they are learning at school in the workplace.  Career management skills such as organising, negotiating, networking and self-presentation can also be practised.  

Year 10 students participate in a work experience programme where they arrange and attend a one-week placement with a business or organisation.  For the 2021/2022 academic year the placement week is 4 – 8 April 2022.  Students are provided with advice and guidance to support them in identifying possible work experience interests and are encouraged to carry out their own 'job search' and application activities.  

Volunteering can also be an excellent way in which students can gain valuable experience of work places and organisations.  We are happy to provide advice or support on exploring possible opportunities.


Community Action Network is a charity that support and champion volunteers to promote the value of volunteering.  They have a volunteering hub to search for volunteering opportunities. 

Volunteer in Bournemouth

Volunteer Centre Dorset


UP in BCP list local work and volunteering opportunities


Google "Volunteer in Bournemouth" to find a wide range of local charities and organisations seeking volunteers.


Over the last year opportunities to participate in virtual, online work experience and employer encounter sessions have also increased.  There are a number of organisations who offer opportunities for work experience and volunteering including the following:

Speakers for Schools offer FREE virtual opportunities that range from a 2-hour employer encounter to 3–5 days working with other students and employees on a particular project.

Springpod offer FREE virtual opportunities and subject taster sessions across a wide range of careers and professions.

St Chris Partners with InvestIN | St Christopher School Letchworth

INVESTIN offer work experience, subject insight and summer school programmes, online and in person.  There are fees for these activities, though bursaries are sometimes available from INVESTIN for qualifying students.

We are happy to receive requests from organisations to be added to this list.

Students are encouraged to use Unifrog to help research careers ideas and interests that they may wish to explore through work experience.  Support is also available from the Careers Office or by emailing


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