‘WorkOut’ sessions involve young people meeting workers to gain first-hand careers information, stimulate work aspirations and develop vital speaking & listening skills. Volunteer work guests visit either primary school (Primary WorkOut) or a secondary school (Career WorkOut) and simply answer student questions about their personal experiences of work.
Young people benefit as they work out:
- what jobs are available and how to get them
- which jobs they like or do not like the sound of
- 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
- why they do what they do at work. After talking about the purpose and practical aspects of their jobs, guests return to work feeling valued.
- how to make it easy for young people to understand their work – sometimes itself a workout!
Schools benefit from:
- Student engagement. No reading or writing, students value having their questions answered authentically.
- Impartial careers information about local jobs.
- Networking with local businesses. When guests feel highly valued, teachers have can approach them personally.
- Community cohesion, evidencing Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural (SMSC) development and preparation for Life in Modern Britain.