Structured Work Experience via Bucks Skills Hub
Chiltern Chamber is supporting the Bucks Skills Hub and its online platform Oppsinbucks.org in its developing work experience programme.
Jackie Campbell, Skills Development Manager at Bucks Skills Hub, and a Chamber committee member, addressed our most recent Breakfast Club meeting. She stressed the urgent need, based on consistent feedback from employers, to give young people more employability skills. Particular needs and gaps had been identified in the areas of planning and organisation, team work, customer handling, problem solving and communication.
Bucks Skills Hub has accordingly developed a structured work experience programme. Each employer willing to give work experience is asked to express clearly and succinctly the opportunity they are offering, and most importantly, the skills that the young person will learn. Below is an example, provided by our member Auberge du Chocolat and its owner Anne Scott, who tells us that she has good past experiences of offering work experience placements.
We have permission to give access to number of other templates which you can view, from Wilkins Kennedy, Headway, Laserlines and Duende. In each, you will see the same structured approach, with explicit skills explained, making it easy for the potential applicant to understand what he or she will gain from the experience.
Jackie was keen also to stress that the structure, timings and duration of placements are entirely to suit the employer. Also that the impression that ‘red tape’ is onerous has largely been addressed – for example, a business’ normal insurance will normally cover a placement.
What can you do?
First of all, you can register with and explore Oppsinbucks.org. This is the Bucks Skills Hub’s online platform to connect educators and employers. You will find instructions there.
If you have any questions, Jackie Campbell will be delighted to discuss opportunities with you.