So let’s start from the beginning, it’s a good ‘ol’ place to begin. We have to get one thing right from the start, and that is; ‘there is no easy way to gain work experience’, it cannot be taught in the class room, nor by reading a book about it. First of all you need to understand what the work experience program is, so here’s a heads up on it:-
The Youth Contract is a package of support worth almost £1 billion to help young unemployed people to prepare for work and find a job.
Over three years from April 2012 the Youth Contract will provide nearly half a million new opportunities for young people and will enhance the get Britain working measures with an increased focus on young people. Aiming to build on the fantastic support many employers have already offered.
The key elements are:-
• 160,000 wage incentives worth up to £2,275 each for employer who recruits an 18 to 24 year old through the Work Program
• An extra 250,000 Voluntary Work Experience or sector-based work academy places
• A further 20,000 ‘Apprenticeship Grants for Employers’, to encourage small and medium employers to recruit their first 16 to 24 year old apprentice, taking the total number to 40,000 (in England only)
• Additional support through Job Centre Plus by way of more adviser time and weekly contact.
• An opportunity to have a careers interview with the National Careers Service (in England)
• Around £120m to help the most vulnerable 16/17 year old NEETs in England back in to education, training or a job with training
Sounds good, it is. There are many routes to the program, however the easiest way is to speak to your JCP office and ask to enroll. Before you actually speak to a member of staff at the JCP, you should ensure you have a good idea of what career path you wish to travel. If your chosen path is not available, don’t just shrug your shoulders and go with the flow, get out there and find a position yourself, Want to be a vet, then go to your local vets and speak to them, ask the question, have they got a position available to do work experience, if not then ask where they might be able to accommodate you for a few weeks. Above all stay positive, and never give up.
This is just an overview of the work program, if you would like to find out more, use the links below. I am also available to offer information, so get in touch via e-mail or Tweet
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