Work Experience Placements

Work Experience Placements

Paragon Skills to support Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole students with work experience placements

Our team are pleased to be offering work experience placements to local young people at our Head Office located at Station Approach, Ashley Road, Boscombe. We are looking for those individuals who want to experience a true taster of the world of work.

The ten-day work experience period will be covered in a structured programme which will provide you adequate time with a variety of our core professional services departments such as Administration, Business Services and Facilities Management, Finance, Human Resources, Marketing and Information Technology.

You will be allocated up to two days with various departments, providing valuable insight into how a business operates. During your time with each department, you will be provided with a department mentor who will ensure you gain the best possible insight into the work that the department is responsible for.

You will be offered the opportunity to tailor-make your experience by pre-selecting the departments that you would and would not want to spend time with. To help you make an informed decision each department has provided an explanation of its role within the business and the key tasks that you may be able to be involved in.


The Finance team are responsible for movements of cash, assets and liabilities to the business. This is done through the compilation and maintenance of the trading ledgers ie sales and purchase ledger, the internal management accounts and the financial accounts which are prepared for the shareholders and external auditors (and any other stakeholders to the business). They also carry out the payroll function compiling, maintaining and paying the staff monthly payroll, operating within the HMRC framework and other legislative parameters.

Work experience within this team will provide you with an insight into the importance of accurate recording, spreadsheet maintenance, data analysis, variance reporting and data input.


The IT department prepares new laptops, repair faulty laptops, run updates, undertake upgrades and answers IT queries. They support the entire business from the office workers at our Bournemouth Academy to our remote workers across England through providing technical support and fixing equipment.

Work experience with this team will involve learning how to use, maintain and keep a computer running to a very high standard. You will support with computer builds and testing of the software, as well as perform network connection tests and undertake printer account setup and maintenance.


The Administration team are responsible for a wide range of administrative tasks including compliance, inputting data, producing contracts, processing certification claims, distribution of certificates, arranging End Point Assessments as well as administering breaks in learning, leavers and achievers.

Work experience with this team will cover a range of administrative processes; each of which is key and varied. There will also be a focus on the importance of effective communication and teamwork.

Business Services

The Business Services team facilitate and support the needs of the business across the whole of Paragon Skills. This includes booking and organise business events and travel, all aspects of health and safety as well as managing our buildings.

Work experience with this team will involve supporting the organisation with any business events as well as answering the phone, welcoming guests to the building and responding to colleague support requests.

People Team

Our People Team is responsible for looking after the colleague’s journey from recruitment to retirement. This includes colleague wellbeing, employment administration, recruitment selection, interviews, job offers and contracts of employment. The team also look after key business areas including safeguarding, health and safety and corporate social responsibility. They also publish the company’s internal colleague communication newsletter.

Work experience with this team will provide an insight into the role that a Human Resources function performs in a business. The tasks will vary owing to the timing of the placement but may include general office administration skills, how to review a job applicant’s CV, creating a job advert, how to use an internal HR system, planning internal colleague communications, creating documents, setting up for colleague training and producing certificates.

Automotive and Marine – Operational Team

Our Automotive team provides outstanding teaching and learning to our Automotive and Marine learners through the delivery of remote, classroom and workshop-based learning.

Work experience with this team will provide a chance to shadow classroom and workshop teaching at our Academy. You may also be asked to help produce or assist in producing some of these activities allowing you to increase your understanding of automotive work. You will also provide support to the administrative processes involved in delivering teaching and learning; a key part of a teacher’s job.


Our Marketing team is responsible for ensuring maximum visibility of our business within our target marketplace, encouraging businesses to invest in apprenticeships, and encouraging learners to choose the apprenticeship route with Paragon Skills. They do this through various methods including digital marketing, social media, targeted sales campaigns, events, advertising and client engagement activity.

Work experience within this team may involve (dependant on the time of year/month) digital marketing, social media marketing, copywriting, presentation creation, graphic design, campaign creation and management, event preparation, search engine optimisation, data reviews and reporting.

If you are a student and would like to be considered for a work experience placement or work in a school helping students find work experience placements and would like to find out more information about how we can support your learners, please complete the short form by clicking here.

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