Integrating Work Experience and Maths in Study Programmes

Strengthening maths skills during the work experience element of 16-19 Study Programmes (including Traineeships)

All students aged 16 to 19, whether following academic or vocational studies or a mixture, are now expected to follow a Study Programme tailored to their career aspirations  and where they are in their education. Key features of Study Programmes include:

  • Students spend most of their time taking one or more substantial qualifications (the size of an A level or larger), undertaking a Traineeship or doing extended work experience.
  • Students who have not achieved grade 4 GCSE English and Mathematics or better are expected to continue to work towards that goal.
  • Students are involved in an activity that does not lead to a qualification. This often involves work experience.

Traineeships and Supported Internships Programme are strands of 16 to 19 Study Programmes designed to meet specific learner needs.


MEI has produced two guides to support and encourage integration between the maths study and work experience elements of Study Programmes (including Traineeships):

  • Maths at Work: Integrating work experience and maths provision in 16 to 19 Study Programmes (including Traineeships) is for curriculum planners, teachers, trainers and coordinators involved in planning and delivering the maths and/or work experience elements of 16 to19 Study Programmes. It provides practical suggestions for ways in which providers can encourage learners and employers to enhance learners’ mathematical skills during work experience placements. It also suggests how maths teaching and learning can be contextualised using examples from the workplace. The guide includes examples of best practice from independent training providers, FE colleges, sixth form colleges and schools that have already established this kind of integration.
  • Maths at Work: A guide for employers offering work experience as part of 16 to 19 Study Programmes (including Traineeships) is designed for providers to share with employers who offer work experience placements. It provides background to Study Programmes and the maths that learners may be studying, as well as offering practical suggestions for ways in which employers can help strengthen learners’ mathematical skills during a work experience placement.

MEI has also produced a recording of a webinar that introduces these guides. The recording lasts 39 minutes

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