How offering Work Experience to Young People can benefit your business
Written on the 24 August 2017 by Broome Chamber of Commerce
What is Work Experience and what does it mean for employers?
The good news is, creating work experience opportunities for students and school leavers is a win-win situation for both your company and for the young person undertaking your program. For employers, work experience is about giving back to society and helping the future economy by doing your bit to help preparing young people for the world of work. Employers who offer work experience give young people the opportunity to work on the company premises for a few days or, in some cases, an extended period of a few weeks.
Many young people, once they have completed their senior school certificate have an idea of what they want to do as a future career but they have no real hands on experience in the workplace. They are fresh from the classroom and so by offering work experience opportunities, employers help to shapes young people's perceptions of the world of work. It gives students and school leavers an opportunity to be part of a different environment and to learn about what is expected of staff in the workplace from superiors and managers. It also gives them the opportunity to work alongside peers.
Creating work experience opportunities also means you are helping students and school leavers to make more informed choices about their future. Depending on the industry you are working in, their time in your workplace will give young people some valuable practical experience in an industry that could be competitive. Work experience within that profession or industry could be a crucial stepping stone for them and, of course, they will be more ready for the workplace once they have completed their program. It is said that, because a young person now has the hands on experience within your industry, they are more likely to remain in that field as a result of you offering work experience. Perhaps they are pondering an apprenticeship or a university pathway into your industry.
This benefits you as an employer because you have a bigger pool of young talent to choose from. It is well known that Western Australia is currently experiencing a skills shortage and this is acute in some industries. By creating work experience opportunities and giving students and school leavers a taster of your industry, you are helping to narrow that skills gap.
On the flip side of this, of course, you could also be giving your work experience person the opportunity to realise that your field of expertise is exactly what they don't want to do with their future. This is still a win-win for you and them. They've had a lucky escape and you haven't wasted your time recruiting someone who realises further down the line that your sector is just not for them.
Some Work Experience Benefits for Employers
Work experience benefits your other employees by allowing your employees to practice their communication, supervisory and mentoring skills with the young person
So as you can see, there are numerous benefits to the employer who offers work experience to school leavers and students. However, in order or these benefits to manifest themselves, the work experience program must also benefit the person undertaking it, too.
Having a carefully thought out work experience programme where young people can work on real projects and even do some of the more mundane tasks, too means they get a true picture of what it is like to work in your industry and you, as an employer, should get to reap the benefits mentioned above.
For further information on setting up a Work Experience Program and the financial incentives available, please contact Working Together West Kimberley Workplace Liaison on 08 9193 5553 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Author: Broome Chamber of Commerce
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