"workinsight.org is not-for-profit and is structured as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). We are in the process of registering as a charity. We are currently working on a pilot before we design and build the digital platform and are looking for a small number of employers as well as schools and colleges to take part. Our aim is to provide occupational and educational and opportunities for all regardless of an individual’s socio-economic background or personal disadvantage, their academic ability, race, gender, disability, sexuality or religion." - read more
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The workinsight.org model has evolved from both the professional experience and the personal experience of the team and their teenage children. We believe that every young person should have access to multiple work place experiences without traditional selection processes that consciously, or unconsciously, result in barriers to entry based on socio-economic background, historic academic record, race, gender, disability, sexuality, religion or even just questionable fashion sense.
Young people deserve work place experiences to enable them to make better informed decisions about their choices of qualifications, internships, employment, careers, training, education or apprenticeships. There is strong evidence that the employment outcomes of those that have had access to the work place and employers more than once is significantly enhanced. Access to the work place should not just be available to those with the right support, school or social networks. Social mobility has stagnated and talent is not being allowed to find its root and blossom. Aspiration and access needs to be increased to provide opportunity for all.
Traditional work experience is scarce, costly, selective and time consuming. Many schemes provide limited value and impact for young people with diminishing returns the longer they go on. They are typically designed by and for employers. The resource requirements and lack of connections make it difficult for smaller employers to arrange schemes or liaise with schools and colleges, resulting in most schemes being offered by large enterprises in a limited number of locations. Policy is driving rapidly increasing demand for work experience, yet there is no sign of any growth in the supply. This has to change. We believe that structured, bite-sized experiences (or ‘Insights’) are the only way to increase supply and enable employers of all sizes - from a local butcher to a FTSE-100 company - to get involved and to provide individuals with the possibility of multiple and incredibly valuable experiences.
Many employers are keen to provide access to their work place to educate young people about the many opportunities within the sector in which they operate and to spot talent. Employers have an obligation to society and especially to their local communities to put something back and raise aspirations and we believe that an innovative, measurable and high quality service provided by a charity is something that employers of all sizes will contribute towards on a per head basis within their own budget to ensure its sustainability. We believe that the power of software can be used to digitise the process by developing a platform that will simply and effectively bring employers and young people together securely whilst providing data and feedback for all parties.
Digitisation, combined with the eventual participation of the vast majority of schools, colleges and employers, will transform access to work place experience enabling significant scale to raise the aspirations of tens of thousands of young people nationally.