Vital way to inspire a work ethic in young people
EMPLOYERS are being urged to consider offering work experience placements to students to help shape and inspire the city's future employees.
The Education Business Partnership team (EBP) at Careers South West Ltd manages a work experience programme on behalf of all 16 Plymouth secondary schools through Plymouth Learning Trust (PLT).
They say work experience is a vital way to inspire a work ethic in young people, and build the city's future economy.
Deborah Waddell, partnership manager at CSW, said: "Work experience is a staging post for a young person on their pathway to adulthood and it is only made possible through the generosity of organisations in the city.
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"It can provide a young person with their first introduction in how to apply for 'work' and allows students to see the passport value of their qualifications."
Kate Howard, chief executive of PLT, said: "Over the years we have seen enormous benefits of work experience placements for our learners.
"It gives them the opportunity for adult partnership and approval as well as providing a valuable skills environment in which they will thrive.
"Work experience provides young people with new opportunities to succeed in a real work environment and acts an important anchor to link them into the Plymouth community."
For employers, providing work experience offers an opportunity to raise their profile locally and allows them to establish new recruitment channels and provide staff with development opportunities in communication, coaching, presentation and negotiation skills.
If your organisation would like to commit to hosting a work experience placement or supporting schools in educational business link activities contact Deborah Waddell on email@example.com or call 01392 215501.