Worktree is a tree of living knowledge about work.
We are a community of volunteers (the trunk) helping young people find out what work is really like by answering their questions honestly. We attend sessions in schools organised by a small team of Worktree staff, governed by trustees from different branches of employment.
Our answers are based on our own experiences of growing up and going to schools (the roots), experiencing different employers (the branches) and different jobs (the leaves).
Why we Exist
Education and training are key to tackling inequality and promoting social mobility, but formal qualifications are not enough to get and keep a job. A fresh approach to employability education and training is needed.
Develop Employability Skills
A report published by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) concluded that ‘employability’ comprised a mix of attributes, skills and knowledge, which everyone needs to be effective in work.
Provide Careers Information
Research by City & Guilds shows young people view contact with employers to be the best source of careers information. But few get enough.
Introduce Real Workers
Research by the Employers & Education Taskforce shows young people who meet more employers and employees while at school achieve higher qualifications and better career prospects.
Set Realistic Expectations
A study by the Education & Employers Taskforce, based on a survey of 11,000 13- to 16-year-olds, shows teenagers have a weak grasp of the availability of jobs – and large numbers aim for jobs that are in short supply.
We want to live in a community where all people work in jobs they are good at and enjoy.
To make good career choices, young people need to know their employability strengths and the employment opportunities available. We believe both are developed through conversations with different people about work. The more work-related conversations, the better.
Our mission is to organise for every young person in Milton Keynes to meet and interview 50 work guests before leaving school – through Primary WorkOut and Career WorkOut – and to develop facilitators to do the same nationally and internationally.
We believe every community should grow a Worktree.