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23 March 2016

Can you offer a work placement?

Develop are a ‘not for profit’ organisation who works with schools, colleges and training providers in Bedfordshire organising work experience placements. They currently arrange around 7,000 placements a year with a variety of companies which can be for one or two weeks at a time or longer term on the basis of 1 day per week if employers can accommodate this. Students are aged generally aged 14-19 years. 

They also run networking events in schools and colleges and invite businesses to get involved in the various activities they organise that inform, inspire and educate young people about the different career choices and opportunities available to them. 

Undertaking work experience benefits the young person by giving them the opportunity to increase employability skills such as self management, problem solving, customer awareness and team work. It also helps them to clarify their thoughts about their future career choices and the steps they need to start taking to achieve their aspirations. 

Benefits to you include identifying potential future employees, giving current staff an opportunity to develop their supervisory skills, demonstrating to the local community that you invest in training and development, helping to achieve your Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) targets, receiving recognition and gaining fresh ideas and new perspectives from the young people you host.

Placements are unpaid and are subject to a successful interview More information about the projects they run can be seen on their website www.developebp.co.uk.

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