Worktree 1992-2017

2017 marks Worktree’s 25th year in operation.

Worktree was originally named Countec, created by Buckinghamshire County Council and the Training & Enterprise Council (TEC) for Milton Keynes & North Buckinghamshire, hence ‘Coun-tec’.

In 2001 the company became a charity with its object being “the advancement of education of young people and employers in particular through the provision of career guidance, counselling, training and information relating to the availability of educational resources with the aim of assisting such young people to secure gainful employment.”

At that time, Countec was organising work experience placements for approximately 2,500 students each year from MK’s secondary schools.  In the same year, Countec launched Citischool, an innovative ‘school without walls’ for excluded 14-16 year olds with a curriculum based on work experience and Key Skills development.  In 2009, this became iPEC, the independent Personalised Education Centre, which operated until 2012 before ownership was transferred to MK secondary schools.

 In 2012, Alan Bullen (pictured above) became chair, taking over from long-serving Councillor Norman Miles (pictured below) 

Countec turned over a new leaf and began trading as Worktree, now with a focus on delivering Career WorkOut.

Although Worktree is much smaller than Countec was (reducing staff headcount from 28 to 3 during 2012-14), the charity is now reaching more young people than ever (see inputs and outcomes).