Demand for invaluable work experience far outstrips supply so we are doing something about it by structuring short Insights into the world of work and connecting the participants using a digital platform. We want to work with employers with social mobility on their agenda, interested in working with us to inspire and motivate 14-19 year olds to enhance their career aspirations by showing them what it takes to work and succeed in their industry and provide general experience of the work place.
You can do this by offering short half to one day work 'Insights' on your premises, to individual, small or large groups of students (maximum of 10) signed up to the programme. What makes workinsight.org different from other work experience programmes?
All of this to remove the complexity of work experience schemes so that you can give something back, raise the profile of your business or sector and access talent for your longer schemes or recruitment.
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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.