HideOut quadruple the amount of young people given work experience placements.
To celebrate national work experience week (Monday 3rd July to 7th July 2023), sixteen young people completed a work experience placement thanks to support from HideOut Youth Zone.
This statistic quadrupled since the previous year, with HideOut supporting four members to complete work experience placements back in 2022.
The work experience placement opportunities were held in a variety of industries, provided by HideOut’s dedicated patrons and supporters: Lendlease, Truth Creative, Bruntwood, Fanatics, Beyond Law and ANS.
Work experience placements are important to young people’s career development by giving them the opportunity to explore, understand and experience the world of work.
The opportunities provided in 2023 were promoted internally to members of the Youth Zone, and through schools and local community hubs.
Young people were able to express an interest in a role they wanted to apply for before being invited to a short informal interview.
HideOut is pleased to share that all young people who applied for a role were granted a work experience position.
A representative from patron Bruntwood said: ‘’It was so good to work with Hideout this year to provide spaces on our programme! Every single young person grew with each day they were here. It was amazing to see their confidence grow over the week.
We had some amazing questions and a lot regarding apprenticeships which is just amazing. The young people showed a real interest in each person/team that came in and either spoke to the young people about their career or delivered a task element.
I look forward to hosting this programme every year and look forward to hosting more youth zone young people again next year!’’
Employability and Enterprise Coordinator, Laura Dawson, said: “Work experience is so important for young people. Work experience is normally organised through schools with young people having to find their own placements. A lot of young people don’t have the luxury of connections in an industry of their choice, and are at a disadvantage in terms of what placement they could access – I’m really proud of what we’ve been able to achieve for our young people thanks to the help of our patrons ands supporters.”