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Free resources for schools and colleges

We provide your students with multiple opportunities to interact with employers, including expert insight from industry, skills workshops, online content, access to industry events, work experience and placements through our strong relationships with industry.

 

Kick-off your partnership with us, by booking one of our free Insights from Industry sessions (50 students minimum). We understand the pressures you’re facing, so we do all the organising for you. We provide up to three speakers from industry who share their career stories to inspire and motivate your students. We can also deliver sessions online via Zoom and MS Teams.

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Our free active learning workshops are facilitated by business volunteers who bring them to life with real-world examples. We cover the four key skills employers are after – interviews, presentation, team-working and problem-solving. We also deliver these workshops online.

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Our Student Zone provides resources covering a wide range of life and employability skills and career profiles. Free to access, it’s a great resource for student and teachers. Includes free lesson plans for educators.

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Every year, we invite 100+ students from our partner schools and colleges to attend our Leadership Symposium free of charge. This event attracts high profile speakers from the food, drink and retail industry and offers fantastic networking opportunities for young people.

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Time spent in a workplace really helps students to better understand the world of work. We encourage all our industry partners to consider the opportunities they can offer students from our partner schools and colleges.

How we support schools and colleges

  1. Insights from Industry sessions
  2. Employability and life skills workshops
  3. Student Zone – free resources
  4. Access to industry events
  5. Workplace visits, work experience and placements

What we do

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.

Success stories

How we help

  1. Improving employability

    We’ve developed our employability and life skills programme to offer young people multiple interactions with employers,because we know there is a direct correlation to improved academic attainment and future employability. The widening opportunity gap in employment prospects means that we particularly focus on engaging disadvantaged young people.

  2. Building confidence

    We want young people to feel inspired, informed and have the skills they need for their future. Young people consistently tell us that participating in our employability and life skills programme has a positive impact on their self-esteem and confidence.

  3. Supporting education

    Our employability and life skills programme supports schools and colleges to deliver many of the employer engagement elements of the ‘Gatsby Benchmarks’ for their students.

  4. Connecting industry

    We act as a link between students and employers. We’ve developed strong links with the food, drink and retail industry in particular, because it employs 1 in 8 people in the UK in a wide range of roles and careers.

How to get your school or college involved

  1. Check out what we can offer your students

  2. Contact Lauren Monk on
    07944 443073, lauren.monk@workingoptions.org.uk or use the form below.

  3. We’ll be back in touch to get things rolling.


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