Students from Year 10 undertook a series of tasks and challenges to introduce them to the world of work as part of an Inspire event led by charity Believe in Young People. The Milton Keynes-based charity staged the event as part of its nationwide ‘Dream Big’ campaign which aims to place 5,000 young people into work experience and apprenticeships this summer.
The training was led by Jason Simpson from BiYP and supported by Premier Inn. Jason said: 'The Inspire events are a way of connecting our local employers with schools to give students the opportunity to learn more about their skills and behaviours, understand why they are important and hear from employers. It gives them an opportunity to develop those skills through local work experience and apprenticeship opportunities.
‘We have given students a series of games and tasks as a fun way to understand what those skills and behaviours are. The team challenge involves them taking on the role of a management team opening a new hotel and they have had four tasks, to produce a staff training guide, work out a promotional budget, design a flyer and finally complete a problem solving challenge.
‘The students have responded really positively. We have had really good feedback and they are accessing the Believe in Young People website to apply for work experience. It is all about matching the right student with the right opportunities, looking at their suitability and connecting those students with the right employers.
'We work a lot in hospitality because our employer partners include Premier Inn and Costa Coffee. Work experience gives young people the opportunity to go in to the workplace and find out if that is the right career for them. Because they are structured placements they give students a much wider perspective of the business as a whole. It is not just about going in and working on reception or in housekeeping. You can see lots of different departments and find out how they treat the customers, how they do their marketing, finance and IT. There are also opportunities to be spotted and employers are using this as a way of channelling quality students into their apprenticeship schemes.'
Students who would like to apply for work experience can register their details on the website (link below). To find out the latest information, follow @BiYPeople on Twitter, @believe_in_young_people on Instagram or go to www.facebook.com/BelieveinYoungPeople