These local employers are hosting work experience students and reaping the rewards. Hear first-hand why they continue to take on placements each year.
I believe work experience is an ideal learning experience for a young person, it can kick-start a career. It is really rewarding to see our visiting students gain courage and confidence during their time with us. It is also a great opportunity for our staff to mentor and lead others, passing on their knowledge and the value of their experience. I also believe that work experience raises the profile of Crossroads Care, as we are not only giving this one working experience but are also hoping to find future employees and volunteers via the Work Experience Scheme.”
The opportunities provided to both the Student and Employer by the Work Experience programme are numerous. Students gain an immersive experience of the workplace and an insight into the complexities of being part of the corporate cultural. Although initially daunting, the nature of the programme gives the student the confidence required to enter their own careers when the time comes. Meanwhile, the Employer has both the opportunity to invest in potential future employees and to gain from the student a unique perspective of how their own business works and is perceived.
At the Youth Arts Centre (YAC), we are involved in all aspects of the performing, technical and visual arts and are very aware that there are more jobs backstage rather than on stage. As a result, we take the work experience programme very seriously and are grateful for the involvement of employed.im for their organisational skills. Young people come to the YAC expecting a week of singing and dancing, but instead find they are building databases of costumes, sorting out props and staging, building sets, create membership forms and design promotional materials. Working at the YAC is fun, but we take the work part very seriously too.
It is crucial to help equip our young people with the necessary skills and mind-set to productively and positively enter the workplace. Work Experience is a fundamental part in opening the world of work to young people so they can gain a deeper understanding of workplace expectations, responsibilities & opportunities.
A lot of students don’t realise the full extent and complexity of the role of an architect. We like to offer students a positive insight into this, from the initial Client brief through the design process, visiting sites part way through construction, to seeing the finished buildings. Helping students ask the right questions, to enhance their design is key to building confidence, making the experience worthwhile for both of us.
As lifelong educators, we recognise the importance of introducing students to a work environment, where they can safely develop their organisation, communication and interpersonal skills. The younger children at Peel Clothworker’s School really relate well to these young adults who model mature, engaging and appropriate attitudes.
As a software development company, students come to us with a wide range of pre-existing skills, abilities and preferences. Conveniently, we have a wide range of roles within the company: developer, analyst, infrastructure technician, tester, project manager, designer, marketing, sales…to name but a few. The experience they gain with us increases the student’s understanding of the variety of roles on offer within the IT industry, and helps them decide if it is a career they are interested in pursuing. We hope to be able to spot fledgling talent among our students, and invite them back for further internship, apprenticeship or permanent employment.
We really enjoy welcoming work experience students into our marketing team. It’s a great opportunity to provide insight into what marketing entails and for students to gain some very valuable experience into working in an office environment. We put a lot of thought into how we can make the placements as interesting and interactive as possible and it’s hugely satisfying to see how many students grow in confidence as the week progresses