Work Experience Works for Employers
It works for young people, who get the opportunity to participate in the world of work and gain practical experience that shows how they can become valuable and productive member of the workforce.
It works for employers, who see work experience as vital in providing a talent pipeline for their business. And it works for the wider economy and society, as it brings more people into work and out of long-term unemployment.
How work experience works for employers
Apart from making a real difference to someone’s working life, offering work experience is beneficial for organisations for a number of reasons:
- Recruitment opportunities: providing work experience placements can be a way to access the local labour market and explore a talent pool that the employer may not have otherwise considered.
- Staff development: supervising and coaching young people on work experience offers an excellent opportunity to develop the management capabilities of existing employers, particularly those who may not normally have any line management responsibilities.
- A more engaged workforce: providing work experience sends a positive message to the wider workforce about the values of the organisation, which can strengthen employee engagement.
- Involvement in the local community: investors, customers and service users look more favourably on employers who play an active role in society. Work experience placements provide a valuable means of creating a positive image, where organisations address social issues related to unemployment in the community.
- Contribution to economic development in the local area: by helping to tackle some of the issues around deprivation and youth unemployment.
How work experience works for young people and society
Work experience can have a hugely positive impact on young people’s employability and can play a significant role in attempts to reduce youth unemployment. It can:
- Break the vicious cycle that many young people find themselves in - where they can’t get a job because of lack of experience and can’t get experience because they can’t find a job.
- Provide young people with an understanding of the structure and reality of working life, which is crucial if they are to secure and sustain employment.
- Provide feedback and coaching enabling young people to develop skills, including those required in specific jobs and sectors.
- Help young people to make informed choices about their futures and allow them to learn more about specific industries, organisational cultures and job roles.
- Allow young people to gain experience of working with other people, enhancing their social and communication skills, and awareness of how to present themselves and behave in a work context.
- Introduce young people to the recruitment process - including the application process and job interviews.
- Provide a positive experience of the world of work that builds the young person’s confidence and motivation.
- Help young people to develop their CVs and build a wider network of contacts.
If you are interested in taking on a work experience learner, simply contact our Work Experience Team on 01204 482 036. (Team members are Andrew Hughes 01204 482 954 and Matthew Skidmore 01204 482 033)