Theory of change

By organising for young people to meet real workers (inputs) in a one-hour carousel of short conversations about work (outputs), we raise their career awareness, aspirations and communication skills (outcomes), so they more likely find and keep jobs they do well and enjoy…reducing the personal and social costs of unemployment and under-employment (impact).

Proving impact is not easy without observing young people later in actual employment – and long term tracking is costly.  Anyway attributing employability gains to relatively brief interventions in school risks under-stating the effects of home and community inputs.

Currently Worktree focuses simply on delivering Career WorkOut and measuring the following:

  • Inputs number of young people and volunteer work guests in facilitated work conversations
  • Outputs – number of sessions and completed Student and Guest Evaluation forms
  • Outcomes – students’ increased career awareness, aspirations, communication skills and confidence; guests’ enjoyment of sessions, feeling valued and positive about work.