Work Experience and Careers Education

What is work experience?

Work experience is an opportunity for students to spend time in an adult working environment, carry out tasks and duties more or less as an employee, but with the emphasis on learning about the world of work. Students can participate in most areas of employment; however some areas of work are restricted by law, safety, security or insurance restrictions. Other areas are restricted by availability of placements offered. Work experience is designed to offer a broad experience of the world of work and is not necessarily a way to determine a student’s future career choices.

Who participates in work experience?

All students should have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement in Year 10 at John Mason School. Further work experience is offered in Sixth Form. Students of vocational subjects may also participate in work experience to support their course.

John Mason School are now using Unifrog, an online platform that supports schools and colleges to deliver their work experience programme.

If you would like more information on Unifrog please visit their website:

If you have any queries about work experience then please email

The Gatsby benchmark assesses schools' provision for CIAEG three times per year.  Our latest report is here: 

For information on all aspects of offering a young person work experience please visit the Oxfordshire Work Experience website.


Miss Gibson are the teachers in charge of Careers Education and Information Advice and Guidance (IAG). The  school also employs an independent careers advisor, Mr Terry Bianchini, who works for Adviza to give enhanced and impartial support. He also provides a weekly drop in at lunchtimes in the Inclusion Zone.

Terry can be contacted at:

Miss Gibson can be contacted at: 

If you have young people who are going into learning this September, please encourage them to self-report their learning destination at

Information and Opportunities Officer

Early Intervention Service
County Hall 3rd Floor

Useful sources of information for students and carers

John Mason School has purchased the online platform Unifrog. This can be used by students both in lessons and at home. This year students are beginning to be introduced to the program where it will be used to support option choices in Year 9, work experience in Year 10 & 12, along with post-16 choices. The resource allows students to research regularly updated information on over 1000 jobs and careers. It enables students to make well informed decisions about their future.

Unifrog :

Other useful websites available to students include:; information provided by Oxfordshire County Council for young people aged 8-19. It includes an updated guide of volunteering, job opportunities and apprenticeship vacancies in Oxfordshire. comprehensive information on apprenticeships available in Oxfordshire. ”At the heart of connecting people to higher education”. Information on all aspects of higher education- no also including information on 16-18 choices. careers support for young people and their families.