The Benefits of Work Experience for Employees and Employers

With the Summer fast approaching you might be considering hiring a work experience student or gaining some work experience yourself. It can be a great thing to engage in from both sides and here’s why:

How can it benefit your company?

• ‘The Wisdom of Youth’ – We have a lot to learn from young people. Remember, all those things you may have learnt at school but have now forgotten? This would still be fresh in their minds.

• The Skills Gap – Some vacancies are hard to fill. You might just find that the young person you’ve taken on for a work experience placement has the right aptitude and potential to become the full-time member of staff you’ve been searching for.

• Technology is Changing – In the ever-evolving world of new technologies, it can sometimes be hard to keep up. Teenagers always seem to be up on the latest trends, like a new social media platform, for example. In order to stay ahead of the curve, you need the knowledge of someone tech savvy.

• ‘The Children are our Future’ – Young people can be extremely creative and think about things in completely different ways. When you’ve been working in a particular job role or sector for a number of years, it can be difficult to think outside of the ‘box’ and be resistant to change. Sometimes it’s worth trying a new perspective to get you out of a rut.

• A Sense of Community – Taking on work experience placements from your local school or college helps you stay connected to your community. Having links to local institutions can be very beneficial and can help to promote your business within the area.
How can it benefit you as a young person?

• ‘Stand Out from the Crowd’ – Having work experience on your CV can really make you stand out to employers when looking for that first job after you finish school or college. It shows employers that you were dedicated enough to take time out of your holidays to get some unpaid experience.

• Expand your skillset – Work experience is a great way to learn new things. Often you will get to spend time throughout different areas of the business to give you a well-rounded experience and a good idea of how each part of a business ticks.

• ‘A Few Words Go a Long Way’ – Companies will often be willing to provide a reference which you can use with prospective employers. This will really help to sell you and back up what you’ve written on your CV.

• ‘Age is Just a Number’ – When you enter the world of work, you need to be able to work with a wide range of people, often including many people much older than yourself. Work experience is a good way to get used to working with people of all ages and seeing them as a peer, rather than like a teacher or a parent.

• Looking to the Future – Work experience can help you realise your potential and give you an idea of what you might want to do when you finish school or college. If you perform really well, you might even be offered an apprenticeship at the end of it!