Different types of work related learning
Our Employer mentoring programme is designed to support students who are about to start their GCSEs, but are at risk of disengaging and underachieving in their studies. Its aim is to give them support and encouragement and inspire them to explore their career opportunities. We are looking to recruit employer mentors with a wide range of backgrounds, ages and interests, who can offer an hour or two fortnightly for a minimum of 6 months. All of our employer mentors receive full training and support. The programme, launched in early 2017 with funding from The Careers and Enterprise Company. We aim to offer mentoring to at least 250 young people across Hertfordshire over the next three years. If you feel that you would like to give something back and help young people in your community, mentoring is a brilliant opportunity to inspire and motivate the workforce of the future.
This is an activity usually carried out for students in Year 10 where employers are invited into a school to interview students on a one to one basis. It is preferable to interview the young person for a position that is a ‘real job’ within your company as this is a role you would understand and gives the young person an idea of something that could be a vacancy in the future at your business. As an employer you are encouraged to feedback on the young person’s performance, dress code and language so they can take this constructive criticism forwards when being interviewed for a real job. You might even spot potential in a future candidate!
This event gives employers a chance to showcase their business to young people by sharing the workings of their company, highlighting entry routes and roles within organisations. It’s an effective way to advertise your company to future employees and increase awareness in your sector to any year group from Year 8 upwards. Students are often proactive in asking questions and this gives them the opportunity to learn about varying businesses. Employers are required to set up a stand and students can approach you throughout the event. Employers are provided with an ‘Employer Pack’ which includes full information on the event.
Companies are encouraged to participate as one of the range of employers from a variety of sectors to introduce students to the skills required within your industry or profession in a speed networking format to any year group from Year 8 upwards. Students have short timed sessions with employers where they will question you about your job role, what qualifications your business would require and progression routes into your industry. Employers are provided with an ‘Employer Pack’ which includes full information on the event.
Presenting to a group of students about your role and organisation is a great way for employers to discuss their sector and in more depth. It gives the students a chance to hear from a professional and gain an invaluable insight into the workings of your business and entry routes. Employers usually deliver a presentation for 30 minutes followed by a question and answer session where students can interact with employers.
YC Hertfordshire can arrange for a group of students in any year group to come and visit your workplace. This is a great way to showcase what you do as an employer and the various roles and responsibilities within your organisation. Students get the chance to tour your workplace and hear from different members of staff. Youth Connexions can guide you with this process and attend the visit to facilitate the event. This is usually over a two hour period.
Primary school workshops
YC Hertfordshire's primary school programme ‘Rocket into the Future’ encourages primary aged students to think about working life, jobs and careers and their aspirations for the future. It is designed to support schools in ensuring their students are prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of future life. Missions are completed through a range of interactive and stimulating activities. The ‘Shooting Stars’ session invites employers to take part in the ‘Mystery Guest’ question and answer activity, where students are encouraged to ask questions with the aim of guessing the mystery guests job. Employers can then give a short presentation about their company and job role. Following this students take part in an activity designed to introduce them to some of the key skills needed for the world of work. The session will usually last an hour, with some employers staying longer to support extra activities.
If you are interested in any of the above Work Related Learning activities, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01462 844766 and one of our team members will be in touch