Chestertons has partnered with youth charity, Rugby Portobello Trust (RPT), to launch a ‘Work Experience Hub’ which aims to provide work experience opportunities for young people in London by appealing to its clients, suppliers and partners to get involved.
The Work Experience Hub will work by collecting work experience opportunities from individuals and companies, and then passing these on to relevant charities to match the opportunities with young people that are in need of ‘real-world’ work experience; but are not able to access this through their own schools.
If you feel your place of work would be open to offering work experience placements, please let us know here.
Chestertons has run several work experience placements with RPT over recent years, the details of which can be seen below.
Leone Buncombe, Service Manager at Rugby Portobello Trust, one of the largest youth charities in central London, explains “Over the last 3-5 years, schools have stopped including work experience as a standardised part of the year 10 curriculum and this is depriving many young people of the opportunity of getting out into the ‘working world’ and gaining real, hands-on experience in functioning work spaces, surrounded by professionals. These experiences are generally hugely positive and play a pivotal part in shaping not only the employment and training prospectus’ of young people, but also their confidence levels.”
“Work experience is a powerful tool that opens doors for young people who are motivated, sometimes confused, passionate and open to learn. In some sense, for many it will be more valuable than the five years they spend at secondary school or even in further education because it will lead to actual employment and provide real skills that employers can respect from a candidate. Too many of the young people we work with are funnelled through education and end up in jobs they have no interest in but take because they need to pay bills because they have been unable to access careers in the industries they are genuinely passionate about. With your help we can make positive impacts on many more young lives, channelling positive and vibrant energy into amazing opportunities.”
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