Research suggests that young adults who have had four or more experiences of work while at school are five times more likely to engage in further education, employment and training. They earn, on average, 16% more than their peers who had no such experiences. However, not all young people are given such opportunities.
Bristol WORKS helps to increase young peoples choices by offering them meaningful experiences of work in the city. Using an experience of work framework, Bristol WORKS collaborates with schools and employers to develop tailored experience of work plans for students. The framework recognises that there are more opportunities for young people to engage with the working world, than just a one or two week placement, which is usually offered in year ten. As such, additional experience of work opportunities are included within the framework such as employers delivering interesting activities at schools, one-to-one mentoring and students solving real challenges within a workplace.
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