Yesterday my twins who are in year 11 in school, came home from school with letters informing them that parents need to organize one week's work experience for them during summer next year.
However, I haven't a clue on how to go about doing this! Is it just a matter of asking my children what subjects they enjoy then contact local employers who deal with that type of work or can you advice a more better method of going about organising the work experience?
When I was at school it was all arranged by the careers advisors, unless there was somewhere specific you wanted to go, I remember I had no idea what I wanted to do when I left school, so my dad arranged for me to work at the same place he did, loading vans and lorries with fruit and veg, and they paid me well for the 2 weeks I was there too Lol
As you have said the best thing to do would be to see what interests them, find companies that work in that area and then contact them, I would phone rather than email to make the first contact, as it's easy to over look emails or read them and think you will go back and deal with later and forget.
You could also contact the school with the arreas that the twins are interested in and ask if they have any contacts that they could give you, they may have names of companies that have hosted work experience in the past.
As gtts has stated there use to be careers officers and teachers who invariably arranged work experience. I wish I had been able to have a voice when my Son was found a place. The choice was made without consultation and it was automatically assumed he was interested in the same things his Father was. A place was found for him and he was totally exploited, disgraceful as his work ethic has always been excellent. Needless to say he promptly left never to return. Good for character building I suppose.
I would do as gtts has suggested, have a talk with the children to see what they are interested in and make them aware of as many options as you can, then see if you can find a placement for them.
If you have any friends who have jobs in decent size companies, this is usually a good place to start. It was a long time ago but if my my memory serves, this is how i got my work experience back in the day......long time ago though ;P