We're celebrating work experience month!
This year work experience week is becoming work experience month to significantly extend the opportunity to celebrate and highlight the benefits of high-quality work experience, and the fantastic opportunities available to young people. When it comes to making yourself more employable, having a degree is a great asset but it’s not the only way to stand out to potential employers. This is why we want to celebrate and demonstrate the difference work placements make to young people’s employment prospects and career journey. It’s a perfect way to sample all the career options to really see if it's the right career path for you, without actually committing to anything.
EDT offers over 40,000 STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) experiences each year for young people aged 9 -21 across the UK. Our experiences range from tasters, projects and placements. Through our placement schemes such as The Year in Industry (YINI), we offer young people aged between 17-21 valuable work experiences that typically lasts for 9-12 months. This is a great opportunity to witness first-hand the variety of STEM related careers.
You can also choose to take part in Industrial Cadets, a national industry-led accreditation programme inspired by HRH The Prince of Wales, designed to enhance workplace experiences for young people. Industrial Cadets works with some of the leading UK employers to create a talent pipeline and a future skilled workforce, whilst helping individuals develop the skills needed to enter industry with confidence.
Read on to find out more about our offerings:
The Year in Industry
YINI is for post A-Level/Higher/Advanced Higher and undergraduate students who are looking for work placements within science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Students can apply to the programme as a gap year, either as a years’ work experience prior to going to university or as a year to help decide on the future direction of their career.
A year out can provide an opportunity to learn new skills, increase your confidence and gain experience of working in an environment completely different from that at school or college. You may choose to look for work in an area relevant to your chosen course to gain useful experience, or you may want to explore apprenticeship routes. If you decide to do this, a Year in Industry (YINI) may be for you! We can help students into paid, full time, work placements with leading companies across the UK such as Rolls-Royce, EDF, Network Rail and P&G. Students gain relevant work experience in their chosen field while working on real-life projects.
Here are just some of the benefits from taking part in a placement year:
- Gain insight into a particularly industry or role
- Take on real responsibilities and gain valuable experience
- Earn while you learn
- Develop transferable skills and increase your employability
- Apply the theoretical knowledge that you have gained at school/college/university
- Help decide on your next career step, the apprenticeship route or the degree route
“I had no previous (relevant) work experience prior to obtaining this job, and it would have been very difficult without the support and network of YINI to find and obtain a relevant, beneficial work placement. The year taught me so much, and has been invaluable in helping me structure my learning and career.”
“My placement gave me an excellent introduction to manufacturing in the Pharmaceutical Industry. I was well supported by the company and YINI and my placement directly led to employment after University”
Industrial Cadets accreditation is making an impact across the UK by helping thousands of young people develop employability skills and the enthusiasm to enter the workplace with confidence. We signpost young people to clear pathways for progression and build strong links between local schools and local employers. We aim to help raise aspirations and improve the talent pipeline in order to reduce the number of young people unemployed.
We recently carried out a survey to Cadets aged 16 and over who successfully completed their experience. Below are some of the questions we asked, along with the feedback we received:
Do you feel taking part in Industrial Cadets has influenced or helped to develop your career path? If yes, how?
“It helped me to reconsider the pathway I was taking and gave me the experience to narrow down my interests for the future.”
“It enabled me to understand that I wanted to be an engineer and influenced my decision to go on a engineering summer school at imperial college London.”
“The company I carried out my Industrial Cadets experience with later on recruited me as a Project Controls apprentice.”
Please tell us what you thought about your experience:
“It was a fabulous experience and I enjoyed every moment of it. I loved how this experience introduced me to new people and offered information that will help me in my future career paths.”
“‘It was an incredible experience that allowed me to explore different fields of work within STEM subjects and also the different paths I can take to get there.”
“Industrial Cadets gave me the confidence boost I needed to go forward into the career I wanted.”
If you would like to find out more about the range of schemes we offer please visit our scheme portfolio page: http://www.etrust.org.uk/edt-portfolio