Work Experience has been about for many years and often something that we remember from our childhood.
Work Experience provides young people with the opportunity to experience what it is like to be in a work place, learning about an industry, and gaining an insight into potential future careers.
It helps schools to reach several of The Gatsby Career Benchmarks that set a world-class standard for schools and colleges. There is considerable evidence and research that the Gatsby Benchmarks have a positive impact on young people’s future careers.
Most work experience placements take place when young people are in their final years of school and they go out for 1 or 2 weeks; with different schools going out on placements at different times of the year from September to July.
One of the organisers of work experience across the South Coast is Basingstoke Consortium with works jointly with EBP South, both charities that connects businesses with schools.
The Work Experience Team is a one-point of contact for businesses across Hampshire to provide work experience to multiple schools as well as providing advice to businesses of all sizes on how they can provide work experience.
The Work Experience Team manage the work placement process so all businesses have to do is let EBP South know the role(s) and their availability to take students on and they will do the rest.
Ian Saynor, Contracts Manger said ‘Work Experience isn’t just a great opportunity for young people but also the businesses. Many businesses learn a lot from the students and they are a great help to the business.’
The Work Experience Team also manages extended work experience placements. These have increased considerably over the past few years with both businesses and schools recognising the benefits.
Extended work experience roles can lead into apprenticeships for young people. They take place for a minimum of 6 weeks for 1 to 2 days per week.
Many organisations across all industries of all sizes from small local businesses to large corporate companies offer work experience.
Contact The Work Experience Team to find out how you can provide work experience on 02392 283400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.