Author Archive | Tom Bulman


Thames Valley Police overtake The Open University

For the first time, Thames Valley Police have overtaken The Open University in Worktree’s league table of corporate volunteering 2017-18.  The Police have now booked 42 Career WorkOut sessions in 2017-18 (20 already attended) compared The OU’s 34 (26 already attended).  This compares with last year’s 29 sessions attended by staff from The Open University and […]

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4 out of 5 pupils in Luton change job idea after Primary World of Work experience

Worktree staff facilitated an exciting Primary World of Work morning with 85 Year 5 pupils at Hillborough Primary School in Luton.  More than 20 guests from Luton companies attended, including Luton Council, Machins Solicitors LLP, Vauxhall, The Mall, Luton Town Football Club as well as construction firms Engine, Hone All. The results were extremely positive.  More than […]

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‘Talking Myself Into Work’ – Worktree guests get young homeless people talking at YMCA

The latest series of Career WorkOut sessions at YMCA Milton Keynes, a project called ‘Talking Myself Into Work’, has successfully followed the ‘Action Learning for Employment’ pilot last summer. Between November 2017 and March 2018, 31 YMCA residents participated in 373 face-to-face conversations with 65 guests from the world of work (also with 60 secondary school pupils […]

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CWO at Network Rail - Summerfield pupils 21.3.18

Network Rail hosts special Career WorkOut with Summerfield pupils

On 21st March, 14 Year 5-6 pupils (aged 9-11) from Summerfield Primary school visited Network Rail’s national centre for a one-hour Career WorkOut session in ‘the street’ of Quadrant:mk. In the session they met and interviewed in pairs eight Network Rail staff, representing a wide range of jobs and backgrounds, in a carousel of six-minute […]

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Successful ‘WorkOut My GCSEs’ pilot at Oakgrove

A pilot project at Oakgrove School, to help under-achieving Year 11 students increase their motivation for upcoming GCSE exams, has been successful.  Attending five one-hour Career WorkOut sessions, 15 students had 380 conversations with 31 different work guests, and experienced the following outcomes: 35% increase in ‘My plans for what I do in Year 12 […]

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Rhian Chandhar, Network Rail, at Denbigh 28.2.18

Rhian Chandhar, Network Rail

Rhian Chandhar, a Professional Development and Customer Consultant who has been working at Network Rail for 5 years, recently volunteered in a one-hour Career WorkOut session. “The opportunity arose at my old school, Denbigh School, so immediately this stood out to me,” she said.  “I had heard of the charity Worktree from colleagues and family […]

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What happened at Stephenson Academy

On 19th February, 8 guests walked into Stephenson Academy, which is a special school for students who have social, emotional and mental health needs.  Here, almost all students have low self-esteem and many present challenging behaviours. At the start of the session, which was held in the sports hall, one dribbled a basketball in and […]

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