In our theory of change, Worktree facilitates face-to-face meetings between young people and diverse workers in carousels of short conversations about work; this raises young people’s career awareness, aspirations, communication skills and confidence, which helps them to find and hold jobs they do well and enjoy; the long-term impact is reduced unemployment and under-employment, with both personal and social benefits.
While interested in securing soon a quality external evaluation, Worktree currently focuses on delivering WorkOut sessions and measuring the following:
The number of young people and diverse volunteer work guests in facilitated conversations in 2018-19:
MK students aged 9-18
The number of sessions attended and participant evaluation forms completed in 2018-19:
Student evaluation forms completed
Guest evaluation forms completed
Staff evaluation forms completed
The increases in students’ career awareness, aspirations, communication skills and confidence; guests’ enjoyment of sessions, feeling valued and more positive about their work.
in 2018-19, of total 6504 students aged 11-18 who participated in Career WorkOut sessions, 5882 completed pre- and post-session questionnaires which showed:
increase in ‘I have a good idea of different jobs I could do in the world of work’
‘I know what skills an employer will expect me to have when I start work’
increase in ‘I know what job I want in future’
In 2018-19, 934 volunteer work guests from 330 MK companies completed a total of 2061 volunteer hours and completed 1,456 post-session questionnaires showing:
agreed "This has been a good volunteering opportunity"
agreed "The session facilitator performed well"
agreed "This is a good way of informing young people about different jobs"
agreed "Talking to the students made me feel more positive about my work"
agreed "I am now more likely to volunteer in my community"