This Work Experience Week (13 to 17 October 2014) Westminster City Council is calling on businesses to “give youth a chance” and help young people break the "no experience - no work" cycle by offering work experience placements.
Work experience is a great way for young people to develop vital skills for the world of work and help them decide on their future career. As an organisation you will benefit from meeting and shaping the next generation of employees and customers. By offering a placement to 14-19 year olds you will be fully supported by the Westminster Education Business Partnership Team who coordinate 2,000 work experience placements every year between organisations and Westminster schools.
This summer, six students from Pimlico Academy completed a week of work experience at the council, tasked with developing ideas to get more 16 to 24 year olds in Westminster into work. Their idea for an app that made job and training information more accessible was a huge success, and the group ended the week presenting their work at Number 10 Downing Street. They said of their experience:
“We worked on a project we could really relate to and I was proud of how we worked as a team. As the week went on our confidence really grew and we learnt leadership, time management, team work, communication skills and more. Work experience singles you out from other people so it’s great to have on your CV and for interviews. For me it helped me single out what I want to do. I’d never really thought about it before but it's given me a picture for the future.” Aysha Hayder and Connor Matthews from Pimlico Academy.
To find out more contact the council’s Westminster Education Business Partnership Team by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7641 1336.