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We help young people fulfil their potential

Working Options in Education helps young people (14-19) to aim high and fulfil their potential. Our employability and life skills programme is delivered free in schools, colleges and online through our well-established links with employers – particularly in the food, drink and retail industry.

We offer young people multiple interactions with employers including expert insight from industry, skills workshops, online content, access to industry events, work experience and placements.

The widening opportunity gap in employment prospects means that we particularly focus on engaging disadvantaged young people.

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    Excellent resources

    We LOVE all the information that you have compiled in the one place in your Student Zone for the Life after lockdown toolkit. We’ll be adding this on to our upcoming e-shot that goes out to students and parents.

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    Acquiring important life skills

    “Presentation skills are an important life skill whether our students choose to go to university or straight into work. This workshop gave them practical tips on how to get their message across and gave them the opportunity to try their new skills in small groups.”

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    Insightful and positive

    ” The talk yesterday was fantastic. Both speakers were very insightful and knowledgeable and I think a lot of our students really took away some positive messages from their engagement! Thank you for your help in making this happen; it was great for the students to be able to engage in such a way.”

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    Delivering valuable industry insight

    “The opportunity for our students to get exposure to such industry experts was extremely valuable. They inspired our students to be proactive in both creating and taking opportunities to develop their employability skills.”

    Sixth Form Tutor

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    Networking for success

    “Being able to practice my networking skills really helped me. Talking to actual industry professionals was an experience without compare.”

    Sixth Form Student

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    Engaging online content

    “The website resources [in your Student Zone] are great and students used many aspects during their post 18 choices day last week.”

    Sixth Form Tutor

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    Increasing confidence and self esteem

    “The [Insights from Industry] session at my college showed me the motivation I needd and that no matter where I come from I can do what I want. I recently had an interview with Morrisons. I went in with my head held high and luckily I got it!”

    Sixth Form Student

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Insights from Industry

We offer students multiple interactions with employers including expert insight from industry, skills workshops, online content, access to industry events, work experience and placements. 88% students feel more confident and positive about their future after participating in our sessions.

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Help young people fulfil their potential

Inspire young people by volunteering as a speaker at one of our Insights from Industry sessions or as a skills workshop leader in a school or college; become a corporate partner and sponsor our programme, or offer workplace visits or placements.

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In our Student Zone, you’ll find articles and videos covering the skills you need to get you where you want to be. Everything from budgeting, healthy eating and cooking tips to how to prepare for interviews, keep your mind healthy and more.

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