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What Is Work Experience And What Does It Mean For Employers?
Nine Benefits Of Work Experience For Employers
If you do decide to create some work experience opportunities for our learners, they get to come into your workplace to sample what it is like in your industry. A great benefit for the learner, but what is in it for you? How does offering work experience benefit you as an employer?
Here are nine benefits for you to consider:
Benefit 1 – Work experience benefits your other employees
When you have a young person in your workplace doing work experience, they need guidance and perhaps even a mentor. As an employer, you benefit from work experience because the morale of your existing team is boosted.
Your employees develop their own supervisory skills as they look after the work experience person and, in turn, feel valued in the workplace. So as well as staff engagement, you are also giving your team opportunities to show any leadership qualities they might have.
Benefit 2 – Offering work experience opportunities doesn’t cost you, financially
Another benefit to the employer for creating work experience placements is that it does not necessarily have to cost you. There is no legal requirement for you to pay the learners you have in your workplace. They are there to learn for the duration of their placement. While on programme with us they can claim a bursary for travel and subsistence to help them get to college and to their work placement.
Benefit 3 – Employers benefit because work experience is good branding for the company
A really effective and organised programme of work experience that is genuinely beneficial to the learner will help make them want to work more in your sector or your company. This means you get to choose from the best young talent out there.
Offering quality and beneficial work experience can also have a follow on effect when it comes to recruitment. Your company’s reputation for investing in young people will be right up there and so more people will want to work for your firm.
Benefit 4 – Employers benefit because young people bring a whole new energy and perspective
Having young people in your workplace doing work experience, even if only for a short while, can contribute to (or even introduce) this diversity to your company. Young people with little or no experience of the workplace can be a breath of fresh air. If you have always tackled some issues from the same angle, a learner with no pre-conceived ideas could offer a completely different perspective. They might not have the practical experience just yet but they can bring a whole new dynamic and energy to your team.
Benefit 5 – Employers benefit from work experience programmes because they no longer have to second guess
Many companies selling products or offering services also need to try and tap into a younger market. This involves discussions with marketing teams trying to second guess what is going to appeal to a younger audience. Well, this second guessing will not be necessary because your younger audience will be right there in the workplace with you to ask for their contribution.
Benefit 6 – Employers who offer work experience benefit from the knowledge of youth!
As mentioned above, there is a good chance that the learner is experiencing the workplace for the first time, so their hands on knowledge of your field might be lacking. However, as you know, companies need to be right on top of advances in IT in order to remain competitive. Today’s young people have grown up with the technology that you may have been on courses to try to understand, or perhaps you have sent staff on these courses. With social media, for instance, you could pick up some valuable tips for using it more effectively – especially for getting the attention of that younger audience you want to attract. Employers could also benefit from young people offering different online research skills and even more specialised IT skills that could transform the way a part of your company operates.
Benefit 7 – Employers benefit from offering work experience because it’s a great recruitment strategy
If you are looking to attract a younger workforce to your company, then offering work experience is a great way to go about this. And if your learner proves to be a great catch, why not try and keep hold of them by offering them a permanent role such as an apprenticeship? If you don’t have a large recruitment budget, work experience is a good way to hook this young talent.
Young people are like sponges and come to your workplace having not picked up other habits from working at previous companies. If you can attract them to your firm, then you get the opportunity to mould them into the team you want. This reduces the cost of bringing in more experienced, skilled professionals.
It will minimise the recruitment risk of taking on the wrong candidate and then having to go through the whole time-consuming and expensive recruitment process again. You have seen for yourself how the young person performs in your workplace, so you are not just relying on a CV with GCSE results or other qualifications.
Benefit 8 – Offering work experience benefits your whole industry
Offering work experience opportunities not only promotes the company you work for but it also promotes the whole industry you are working in. Many industries in the United Kingdom are facing a skills’ shortage and also lack a young, dynamic image that draws in young people. Some industries, such as travel and tourism for example, are much easier to promote than chemical engineering might be. Offering work experience gives young people the opportunity to have a ‘taster session’ of what goes on within your industry. Also, people feel good about industries and companies that invest in young people so you can grow your customer base as well as tapping into young talent.
Benefit 9 – Offering work experience helps young people to mature
Whether they have just started their course or are in their second year, most learners have barely left the classroom. Even though we work with them to develop social and employability skills, when they do work experience they tend to mature, put these skills into practice and are able to make more informed choices about their future career. Young people who have done work experience are more likely to remain within that industry and, if you are in a position to offer permanent work such as an apprenticeship, that person is more likely to remain with your company.
LifeSkills/Progressions have the benefit of an Ofsted highly commended and talented team of information, advice and guidance professionals who can discuss with you the options available and importantly, match your needs with a young person looking for the opportunity to kick start their career.
You can call the team on 01709 828586.