‘WorkOut’ sessions involve young people meeting adult workers to gain first-hand careers information, stimulate work aspirations and develop speaking & listening skills. Volunteer work guests join others in a school and simply answer questions about their personal experiences of work.
Young people benefit as they
- work out what jobs are available and how to get them
- work out which jobs they like or do not like the sound of
- work out how to speak with adults they don’t know.
Businesses benefit as their employees
- work out what it’s like for young people in school today
- work out why they do what they do at work – typically returning to work feeling more positive about it
- work out how to make it easy for young people to understand their work – sometimes itself a workout!
Schools benefit from:
- impartial careers information about local jobs, as required by Ofsted.
- student engagement – students value asking questions and having them answered honestly.
- networking with local businesses – when guests feel valued, teachers can approach them easily.
- community cohesion – evidence of Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural (SMSC) development and preparation for Life in Modern Britain, as required by Ofsted.