ReachOut’s Workplace Experience Visits (WEVs) are designed to help the young people we work with see that every and any career is a career for them.
For the young people in our ReachOut Club projects (age 9-11) these visits aim to introduce the idea of a workplace, different sectors and specific roles to the young people. They explore the work environment, qualifications, skills and values needed to enter these professions
For young people in our ReachOut Academy projects (11-16) these visits aim to highlight opportunities beyond school to the young people. This could include what they want to do after school or sign-post community organisations that could support the young people and their families beyond ReachOut.
ReachOut arranges workplace visits between our corporate partners and the schools we work with. We communicate with both parties to ensure the visit runs smoothly, the young people get an insightful and engaging experience, and that our corporate partners have the opportunity to develop staff and showcase their organisation.
Workplace visits are designed by our corporate partners to showcase their organisations and inspire young people to work in their industry. You may want to showcase one specific team or role within your organisation, or show the young people aspects of different roles.
Generally, these visits take place in your office/place of work, and last for about two hours. The delivery of the workshop will be done by the corporate partner, but ReachOut staff will be there to support you at all times.
If you’re interested in running a workplace experience visit at your organisation, you can get in touch with us using the form below, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Hello, I’m Felicity, the Fundraising and Partnerships Manager at ReachOut. We are really lucky to be supported by some amazing companies who share our vision and mission of improving the lives of young people from disadvantaged communities. We work closely with our partners to build bespoke and mutually beneficial partnerships that include volunteering opportunities, fundraising, funding, events and more. Long-term, strategic support is hugely beneficial to a charity of our size, and I am always happy to hear from new companies who are interested in supporting our work, so if you’d like to find out more about partnering with us please do get in touch!”
“At first, I was really hesitant to take on the Project Leader role, despite having mentored with ReachOut. However, with the support of the team I’ve really developed my skills. For example, at the Mentee Graduation, I stood up in front of 200 people and presented an award which is something I would never ever have been able to have done before, and isn’t an opportunity I could gain in my other situations.”
Amy McCutcheon, Project Leader at ReachOut Academy, Dean Trust Ardwick, Manchester.
“Being able to spend the summer working at Rede Partners, was an amazing experience. Whether it was working in HR or Finance, I learned so much about the world of private equity, made great connections with fantastic people and I got to learn first-hand what it would be like to work there! I really believe that I can go onto build the career I want now I’ve been a part for a workplace for real”
Victor Adekunle, 18 years old, ReachOut Ambassador, London
“When I first my mentee, she was very reluctant to participate in the sessions. Now, I see a completely different person! Her confidence has grown and she is happy to join in! She still has some self-doubt when it comes to academic work, but that’s what I hope to help her overcome, because she is a very bright person!
Through mentoring, I’ve learnt I’m a lot more patient than I realised. There will be days where she refuses to participate and those are the days that I really see the importance of the character strengths, for both the mentees and the mentors. It also makes it easier for the mentee to understand the character strengths, when I use them myself”
Myrtle, ReachOut Club mentor at Tufnell Primary School, London
“There are more distractions than ever outside of school, and the commitment of our students to attend ReachOut sessions is testament to the value they place on the relationships they foster there, and the challenge and enjoyment they provide.
ReachOut’s focus on communication skills and character development has become an important aspect of our provision of support for these students. The opportunity to relate to a positive role- model other than their usual teachers is key to the programme’s impact, and the evidence of this has been seen in the students’ attendance, resilience and to their overall progress across all the subjects in the school.”
Thomas Janvrin, Assistant Vice Principal at the Petchey Academy London