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Unlocking Potential: 1-Day Work Placements for 16-18 Year Olds Yield Fruitful Benefits

8th August 2023

Engaging with 16-18 year olds in 1-day-a-week work placements has emerged as a strategic move, reaping a multitude of advantages for both businesses and young individuals. These initiatives not only impart essential soft skills but also foster a brighter future for the young learners.

The benefits of such placements are manifold. Students at Weston College gain hands-on experience, cultivating teamwork, communication, and time management skills, which are pivotal in any professional setting. According to recent studies, 87% of employers prioritise soft skills over technical know-how when making hiring decisions. These work placements empower students with invaluable employability skills, enhancing their prospects in an increasingly competitive job market.

Recognizing the importance of this initiative, the UK Government’s Employer Support Fund offers financial incentives to companies that welcome T Level students. This support serves as a win-win, enabling businesses to harness fresh perspectives while providing young talent with a stepping stone into their desired career paths.

Incorporating 16-18 year olds into the workforce for just one day a week not only enriches their growth but also enriches the fabric of industries. By embracing this opportunity, employers not only shape the next generation of professionals but also bolster their own workforce with eager, motivated learners.

If any member felt they could offer an entry level work placement opportunity, please email the industry support team on [email protected] who can talk each company through the process. All businesses get to interview students and work with our team on finding the right learner to support into their employment journey.

Roles in demand are IT support, Graphic Design, Media, Game, E-sports, Digital and Animation

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About Weston College

Weston College is an Ofsted outstanding college of further and higher education in Weston-super-Mare, 25 minutes from Bristol. Here at Weston, we provide education and vocational training to around 30,000 learners across the South West.

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