As you may be aware businesses in Oxfordshire, in common with the rest of the UK, report a signifcant skills gap and difficulty filling posts. With an ageing population and a changing global position for the UK, this problem is set to worsen if the young people, who form the future workforce, are not able to make appropriate career choices and have no chance to develop skills in a realistic setting. Work experience can help to address these issues.
Work experience is simply an experience of work, often lasting one week, and takes place in employer’s premises with the student acting as an employee. The emphasis is on development of generic skills needed in the workplace, completing `hands-on’ tasks and is an opportunity for the student to become more confident and mature in an adult environment.
More Placements Required!
There are currently not enough work placements on oﬀer to enable all students to participate in work experience, which is especially significant in areas where children’s outlook is limited by the examples of employment around them.
That is why the OxLEP team have produced this Work Experience Handbook to show you what’s involved, how simple it can be to organise, the benefits to you as an employer/business. We hope it will encourage many more businesses to offer placements this year and beyond.
View & download the guide here: OxLEP WE Handbook for employers PDF