The dropout rate from my class has been reduced from 20% to zero and I believe this is due to me using the Worktree method of employability training.
John Clarkson, who joined Willmott Dixon last year, has been out talking with local school students about his work for the company. In a one-hour ‘Career WorkOut’ session at Oakgrove School, John joined a circle of volunteer work guests from different jobs in a carousel of 6-minute conversations in which student groups of 3-4 asked questions about his experiences of work.
“I enjoyed being asked questions about my work life,” said John. “It made me feel good about young people and good about my work.”
Career WorkOut sessions are organised by Worktree, a local employability education charity, and take place at eight different MK schools on different days of the week throughout the year. The aim is to develop career awareness, stimulate aspirations and develop vital employability skill of speaking and listening to unfamiliar adults. If you would like to have a go, simply answering student questions about your experience of work, simply click www.worktree.org/events and sign up for a session.
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.
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