Linking schools with business, one hour at a time…

At the Concrete Cattlemen’s Club lunch yesterday we were fortunate enough to listen to Worktree representative Tom Bulman, as he spoke passionately about their quest to bring business experience to the young people of Milton Keynes.

“We are an employability education charity helping young people succeed in work by engaging employers in their education.  For 20 years we have developed and delivered work related learning services in Milton Keynes including work placements and a work-based ‘school without walls’ for disengaged 14-16 year olds.  Now we focus locally on introducing every young person to 50 guests from the world of work and developing facilitators to do the same nationally and internationally.  

The aim is simple. To help young people to find out as much as they can from each guest about his/her experience of work in an hour – and to practise basic employability skills including face-to-face communication.”

I spent a very enjoyable hour at Hazeley Academy last October as part of the Career WorkOut’s programme, where i met about 30 year 12 students.  It was time well spent, as not only did I leave with a spring in my step, but it also acted as a reminder that I am very fortunate to be able to do what I love. The questions were many and varied, from why I’m a designer and what car I drive to if I need to look smart at work.  It was a rewarding experience that I’ll be repeating this year.

If you’re local to MK and can give a little of your time then I urge you to do so.  Whether you’re a business owner, employee, retired or currently unemployed, it’s all valuable stuff…  here’s a link for more information.