Careers experience that really works for students
Now there is even more licence for students to pick a job that suits them, with many organising the placements off their own back.
And students at a number of secondary schools have praised the impact of work experience, after it helped shape their career choices and provide valuable life lessons.
Oakley Luddington, 16, is a year 11 student at Sir John Nelthorpe School in Brigg.
He completed a week of work experience at Quality Solicitors Bradbury, Roberts and Raby, on Laneham Street in Scunthorpe.
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Oakley said: "My mum had a friend who said I might get a work experience place there and the interview went really well.
"I thought it would be something different and I enjoyed learning how to deal with work routines and handling different people's problems.
"I travelled from Ulceby each day with a work colleague, which got me into a good repetitive routine and made me more confident because I stepped out of my comfort zone."
Darcey Ingham, 15, is also a year 11 student at Sir John Nelthorpe. She worked for a week as a classroom assistant at Broughton Junior School.
"I want to be a teacher, so this placement was perfect for me," she said.
"I loved it and they want me to come back after I have finished my GCSEs.
"I like the idea of being a teacher and doing work experience made me realise that I am good with kids.
"It was quite hard work because there are so many children to keep an eye on.
"It hasn't put me off and helped teach me to be more calm with people."
Susan Taylor, work experience co-ordinator at Sir John Nelthorpe School, said: "Work experience gives them an idea about the world of work, especially during year 11, which is a crucial time for them.
"They will be making decisions about the next step and work experience can influence their decisions about higher education options. If they fall in love with a work experience placement, it can radically change their choices.
"It can also open some students' eyes and make them realise that a certain career might not be right for them.
"Getting into routines is also a big bonus, as it gets them used to being on their feet all day and operating in a work environment."
Colin Saywell, head teacher at Baysgarth School, said year 10 pupils at the school take part in work experience each year.
"The students go out at the end of the summer term after the exams have finished and they find it invaluable," he said.
"It is a very worthwhile experience for the students whichever company they go to.
"In terms of post 16 applications it is invaluable."
Mr Saywell said that work experiences brought not only benefits to the pupils, but to the school as well.
"The students will often take what they have learned while on work experience and use it in their school life," he said.
"Students take a booklet with them to reflect on a series of questions on a day-to-day basis with their supervisors to see where things have gone well and where they can improve."