• Lia Sales, MKFM Radio

    “Doing Career WorkOut was inspiring. It made me fall in love again with my job.”

  • Supt. Yvette Hitch, Area Commander of Thames Valley Police

    Worktree’s Career WorkOut sessions are a really great opportunity for the police to engage with the young people of Milton Keynes. Hopefully we can bust some of the myths and ad at the same time we learn so much from the participants.

  • Peter Horrocks CBE

    I have attended a number of events where volunteers interact with school students. When I was at the BBC I helped drive the annual BBC News School Report day. And I have been involved with Robert Peston’s “Speakers for Schools” and also Founders4Schools. All of these groups do excellent work trying to inspire large numbers of young people into believing in themselves. 

    Worktree’s Career WorkOut session is the most effective I have seen in engaging large numbers of students.

  • Carol Anderson, Debt Management, HMRC, Northampton

    My colleague and I attended Walton High School for a Career WorkOut session.  There were a mixtures of careers in our group, one farmer, a hypnotherapist, a teacher, a police officer, a support worker from the homeless shelter, to name a few.  We sat with small groups of Year 8 students who, at 12 years old, are currently looking at their GCSE options.  We both found it a great way of interacting with the children whilst also promoting the Civil Service and explaining the reason behind why we all need to pay our taxes.

  • Lisa Hathway, Principal Land Quality Engineer, NHBC

    I’m proud that NHBC sponsor Worktree by promoting the work they do and by encouraging staff across the business to attend career workout sessions across schools in MK. I tend to participate on my day off and try to attend at least once a term. Not only do I find it very rewarding, but it also builds my confidence knowing that I am helping to give something back in my community.

  • Sgt Rena Galardziak, Thames Valley Police

    “By promoting the work we do in the police we want to enforce that you don’t just have to be in uniform racing around on blue lights, but there are many roles civilian and officer that cab be fulfilled. Each of the puzzle pieces making up one big organisation that works together. By planting seeds in the young people’s minds may just determine what life path they choose.”

  • Rhiann Chandhar, Network Rail

    The questions the young people asked really made me think about how far I have come to date with my career and where the future could take me.

  • Jennifer Rowlands, Post Clerk, NHBC

    This was an amazing event for my motivation.

  • Cllr Steve Hopkins, Mayor of Milton Keynes

    It was a pleasure to meet and talk with so many Year 10 students.  They asked a variety of interesting and thoughtful questions and I hope I was able to give them some ideas.

  • Kev Hickman, Musician

    I was striking a few conversations up with students about what their dream job was (as I am fortunate to do mine for a living) and I was shocked by how many of them were worried that they hadn’t decided what they wanted to do. They’re only 14/15 and seem to have a large amount of pressure on them to have a goal of what they want to get out of their lives.

  • Stewart Goldspink, Year 11 student, Oakgrove School

    I enjoyed meeting the electrician. Now I’ve applied for a course in Electrical Installation, it’s a huge weight off my shoulders. I’m no longer interested in studying sports or to be a PE teacher.

  • Adam Darnell, Year 11 student, Oakgrove School

    It was interesting meeting people with different jobs.  It made me feel more confident talking with people I don’t know…in interviews.  It made me want to do better in Maths so I can do Finance.

  • Atlanta Evans, Year 11 student, Oakgrove School

    I found out about many different jobs I didn’t know existed and it made me have a wider range of ideas for my future.  I realised I need my GCSEs as it gives me more opportunities.

  • Year 8 student, Oakgrove School

    My mum was really curious about what Career WorkOut did.

  • Year 8 student, Oakgrove School

    When I went home I talked with my mum and dad about all the different (work) opportunities. I wouldn’t normally have that sort of conversation with them.  It’s only when we do Career WorkOut.

  • Year 11 student, Oakgrove School

    My parents are a fan of Career WorkOut because they didn’t get it when they were younger.

  • Year 12 student, Oakgrove School

    If it wasn’t for Career WorkOut, I wouldn’t have seen the work opportunities you could get from doing Maths.

  • Year 8 student, Oakgrove School

    I learned that even if something as horrible as getting hit by a car happens to you, you can still pick yourself up and carry on living your life.

  • Year 10 student, Oakgrove School

    Career WorkOut really inspired me to work hard because I know there are lots of jobs I don’t know about.

  • Year 12 student, Oakgrove School

    Career WorkOut made me feel I must keep pushing hard. You see these people, you realise there are a lot of people who might want to do the same thing as you.  Some people get stuff through family.  You have to find ways to get advantages.

  • Margaret Sweeney, Learning support at St Paul’s School. 

    It is great to see the interaction between the pupils and employers.  The pupils are learning valuable life skills in communication by the questions they ask and listening to the answers given.  Even shaking hands and introducing themselves will help their social skills and give them ideas of what jobs they may like to do in the future. 

  • Matt Mason, Careers Coordinator, Walton High

    The feedback from the students and staff from the day has been fantastic again, so thank you for all your hard work and effort. I had virtually all new staff today, 18 on the day who hadn’t experienced Worktree before and they were really impressed with your session.  I think the pupils engaged incredibly well today and gained an awful lot from the sessions too.

  • Karen Malone, Careers Lead, Stantonbury International School

    The range and number of guests participating was very pleasing.  I found the event to be well organised and managed by Worktree, students were participating and behaviour was good.

  • Chrisann Meij, Teacher, Walton High (Brooklands Campus)

    This gives students the opportunity to chat to members of the public in an informal setting.  They develop the skills of communication to unknown adults, personal presentation, e.g. handshakes and eye contact, and question styles.

  • Kerry Clifford, Careers & Work Experience Co-ordinator, The Bridge Academy

    I liked how the volunteer guests treated our students with complete respect and as adults. It was well run and fast moving so our students remained interested. I was apprehensive about the session as I didn’t think our students would engage well but they did and it was really fantastic – the best careers session we have had.

  • Mr Troughton, Geography Teacher, Oakgrove School

    The students were genuinely engaged throughout the session and demonstrated excellent levels of maturity and interest. I saw them develop and grow to young adulthood before my eyes!

  • Teacher, Lord Grey School

    I liked how Career WorkOut took the students out of their comfort zone.

  • Teacher, Lord Grey School

    In the Career WorkOut session I enjoyed looking at the children who I teach.  It helps me to guide them through the subject (science) to school them were it fits into the outside world.  It was good to see some of the shy ones asking and answering questions too.

  • Robin Green, Deputy Headteacher, Oakgrove School

    Parents have picked up on the value of the Career WorkOut sessions we’ve run for all students this year.  Our recent parental survey results have just come in and there has been a significant increase in parents’ rating of careers advice – up 7% on last year’s survey.

  • Ian Tett, Headteacher, Oakgrove School

    Can I just say how brilliant Career Workout 5o has been and we have had so many compliments from visitors about the students and school.


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