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"