The Brokerage joined senior business leaders from across the UK to discuss the benefits of high quality work experience.
‘Quality Matters: making work experience count’ launched this year’s Work Experience Week at the prestigious Guildhall in London. The national conference saw more than 150 delegates from a range of sectors learn from experts in the field.
Speakers included, Catherine McGuinness, Deputy Policy Chair at the City of London Corporation; careers expert Deirdre Hughes OBE; and the soon-to-be new Lord Mayor, Alderman Dr. Andrew Parmley.
The conference took place on the first day of Work Experience Week (10 October) and has been organised by national charity Fair Train, with support from the City of London Corporation, London Councils and The Brokerage Citylink. Fair Train, developer of the highly regarded Work Experience Quality Standard accreditation, champions and facilitates all types of work experience throughout the country in all sectors.
Work Experience Week is a major national campaign dedicated to raising awareness of the benefits of high quality work experience, demonstrating the difference that this can make to an individual’s employment prospects and life.
Rod Natkiel, CEO of Fair Train said: “Being in the heart of the City, the world’s leading business district, Guildhall is a fantastic venue to launch this year’s Work Experience Week. More and more employers of all sizes in all sectors are recognising the benefits for themselves and their learners of high quality placements, and the upcoming Apprenticeship Levy will lead to an expansion of work experience opportunities. Fair Train will play a key role as this development works through, focusing - as in everything we do - on ensuring that quality is at the heart of the opportunities that emerge.”
The event links into the City of London Corporation’s recently published report, which calls on City businesses to do more to help solve the youth unemployment crisis.
The report has been guided and endorsed by an expert panel of senior figures from City businesses, Livery companies, voluntary and community organisations working with young people, London local authorities and the City of London Corporation.
Mark Boleat, Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee at The City of London Corporation said: “Youth unemployment in London is considerably higher than the national average. It causes exclusion and disadvantage, and has a cost to the economy and society.
Not enough is being done to tackle youth unemployment. Offering work experience is an important step that businesses can take to addresses these challenges, as well providing a long-term investment in London’s workforce.”
The Work Experience Quality Standard is a national accreditation, which provides external quality assurance for high quality work experience and employability programmes. The Brokerage recently recieved it's bronze standard work experience accredition.
Work Experience Week takes place from 10th-14th October, and will see hundreds of events taking place across the country, engaging employers, learning provider and learners. Join in the conversation using #WEWeek2016.