Work Experience - Parents

Why should my child do work experience?

There are a number of benefits in encouraging your child to take part in work experience while studying at Oaklands College. It’s not just something to put on their CV. Work experience is no longer about ‘shadowing’ someone or making the tea; they will be treated like an employee and be expected to behave like one:

  • 85% of young adults who undertook work experience were happier with their career progression
  • 73.9% young adults who participate in work experience progress onto higher education, training or employment
  • Young people are 75% more clear about their next steps and career progression once they have completed work experience
  • Young people are up to 20% more confident about employment and clearer on the skills they need for work once they have complete work experience
  • 25% of students are offered part-time employment following a work experience placement
  • 89% of students agreed that they were more prepared for their course once they complete work experience
  • Education and Employers Taskforce – 80% of work experience providers (employer) offered paid employment to a students who had been on a work experience placement,
  • The UK Commission for Employment and Skills – over ¼ of young unemployed are qualified top Level 3 or above and ½ qualified to Level 2 and above
  • Less work experience equals less knowledge on how to find work and fewer contacts
  • Young people are 75% more clear about their next steps and career progression once they have completed work experience
  • Young people are up to 20% more confident about employment and clearer on the skills they need for work once they have complete work experience
  • 89% of students agreed that they were more prepared for their course once they complete work experience

Does your company have work experience opportunities for students at Oaklands College?

If you would like to be involved or find out more, please contact The Edge team either via email at theedge@oaklands.ac.uk or call us on 01727 737000.