This year’s Work Experience Week was launched in style by Sky, at an event which saw Sky Academy and other high profile organisations receive the highest quality standard for their range of Work Experience and Apprenticeship programmes.
Sky Sports News presenter Sarah Hewson hosted the event, which allowed employers and young people from across the country to celebrate the benefits of Work Experience.
National charity Fair Train presented Sky Academy with their Work Experience Quality Standard gold award, alongside North Warwickshire and Hinckley College, Blackburn with Darwen Citizens Advice Bureau and Genesis Housing Association.
Employment Minister Esther McVey MP took part in the celebration from Parliament.
She said: “It has to be one of the most important events at the moment… helping people with Work Experience and helping young people get a job, because what do young people tell me up and down the country? That they need Work Experience to get a job, but they need a job to get Work Experience.”
Over the past 12 months, Sky has hosted over 400 students on one to two week work experience placements. Over the course of their experience, they have developed skills and networks which have helped many of them go on to get jobs in the industry.
Beth Gardner, CEO of Fair Train, said: “We are delighted to be working with Sky Academy to celebrate good quality Work Experience.
“Work experience allows employers to provide a young person with an introduction to working life, enabling them to build a platform for their future. Additionally, it is a great way for employers to meet fresh minded, motivated and innovative individuals and benefit from their input into the business. We are calling on more employers to offer work experience, and more young people to tell us how work experience has benefitted them.”
Nicola Hart, Head of Starting Out, said: “We’re very proud to be involved in Work Experience Week and to showcase the work we’ve doing to provide more opportunities for people starting out in their careers to get behind the scenes at Sky. To start exploring what the career options could be and the skills and connections they need to make it happen.”
Help support Work Experience Week - visit www.giveyouthachance.com and pledge your support for high quality work experience in the UK, tweet @FairTrainOrg and join the conversation using #WEWeek2014 or find out how to offer high quality Work Experience programmes at www.fairtrain.org.