Support young people to make informed choices and develop their skills

Torbay Weekly

Jess Tucker, Head of Tutorial and Learner Progress at South Devon College

This week is National Careers Week and here at the College we are focusing on careers guidance and supporting young people leaving education.

The College works closely with The Heart of the South West Careers Hub, who, like us, are passionate about the benefits that work experience placements can provide to both students and employers. Jo Skeel, Strategic Lead at the Careers Hub, explains:

“We know that what we experience informs where we go. For young people, meeting employers and experiencing different workplaces is a key element in helping them find their best next step.

“Local employers are vital to help bridge the gap between education and employment and there are lots of ways you can support young people and school leaders, provide personal development for your staff and identify new talent pipelines for employees.

“Work experience or placements can be a one day, one week or a longer commitment depending on the nature of vocational training or course of study the student is currently undertaking.  Whatever time you are willing and able to invest can make a huge difference to a young person’s self-belief, aspirations and key employability skills.

“Your skills and knowledge can illuminate your sector showing young people the variety of options open to them in the future. ”

A meaningful experience will include:

·        Defined learning outcomes which are relevant to both the student and employer

·        An opportunity for a student to meet a range of employees from the workplace

·        Extensive two-way interaction between the student and employer

·        Completion of tasks which enable students to receive feedback on their work

We have extremely talented, curious and hardworking students ready to make a real difference, develop their confidence and learn more about work opportunities available to them now and in the future.

In return you will get the opportunity to shape the future work force, identify future talent you may wish to employ as trainees, apprentices or graduates, get a fresh perspective on your business and encourage current team members to share their knowledge and experience, developing their own management skills.

We have seen from employers we work with that offering work experience opportunities can raise the profile and appeal of your business and sector. Danielle Haskings, Senior Social Value Manager at Willmott Dixon, says:

“Work experience is an invaluable tool to allow us as employers to work with the future workforce. It is important to be able to give them the opportunity to work alongside our teams and give them a real life perspective of careers in construction. Being able to see them grow and develop throughout the experience is something we are incredibly proud of.”

As part of National Careers Week please consider providing work experience opportunities.   We will work with you to agree learning outcomes, prepare students for their placement, set expectations and monitor progress.

Contact your local school or College today to help open the eyes of our future work force.