Work Experience

Work Experience

“Nobody ends up where they actually want to be and the whole process is a waste of time”

ANON. QUOTE FROM YEAR 11 STUDENT

Mention the words ‘work-experience’ to students and a high percentage will openly tell you that they are dreading the period that most schools set aside in the curriculum if they haven’t been through it yet, or if they have, that they thought it was unhelpful.

A lot of STUDENTS that Student Life has spoken to talk about not getting experience in the industry or with the organisation that they wanted or if they did, not experiencing enough variety of work in the business. in school, so I started watching ‘how-to’ YouTube videos on photography, video editing and anything I thought could help me expand my skillset.

A selection of ORGANISATIONS that we have spoken to talk about unmotivated students, who openly talk about not being placed in their preferred industry and who in a number of cases don’t see out the full work experience period, for a variety of reasons.

A selection of SCHOOL STAFF that we have spoken to talk about bearing the brunt of student, parent and ‘employer’ negative feedback, but not having a viable solution to the annual event.

TIME FOR CHANGE

What if this work experience wasn’t concentrated into weekly snapshots in year 10? What if, along with the history of schools engaging in best practice and offering work experience weeks, experiencing the workplace could be a year round event for any student, in any year group?... and what if students and employers alike could guarantee a match?

Student Life’s existing website will be redesigned and improved, to support a user interface that will allow students to search for work experience vacancies from a variety of organisations across the county all year round. The vast majority of these opportunities will be unpaid/voluntary, but some may be paid, ‘casual’ positions.

To be part of the steering group that is launching this ground breaking platform, please email info@student-life.co

Terrence Higgins Trust

Terrence Higgins Trust

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