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Gain an extra pair of hands at work and give a student an opportunity that could shape their future. Nexus In-School is a supported learning and employment programme for young people ready to start work, who aren’t yet old enough to leave school.
Do you remember your first experience of working life?
You might remember how the independence made you feel. Perhaps you left school wanting to get started with your chosen job or venture right away? Maybe you weren’t given the opportunity of work experience and you think it would have helped
Every year we speak to young people keen to move on from school and into the workplace. We see first-hand how an early taste of life at work makes a positive difference.
Our Nexus In-School programme allows young people to gain work experience while completing their education. Two days per week are devoted to passing core English and maths GCSEs in school and the remaining three days are spent on work placements. For many students, Nexus In-School becomes one of the most important opportunities of their life.
Gain an extra pair of hands – and make a difference in a young person’s life
We’re looking for businesses and employers to get involved. It’s not an apprenticeship and you won’t need to pay the young person or cover any costs. Many employers successfully use the scheme as a no-cost ‘trial-run’ pre-apprenticeship programme.
Employers get to find out if an apprenticeship is right for their business and the placement period can be viewed as an extended job interview for potential candidates.
The placement is for one academic year, and we are looking for local businesses, in particular construction businesses, to consider offering a work placement to a young person.
Here’s what one employer had to say about their placement student:
“Our current student is a brilliant worker. He pitches in and is happy to do whatever work we ask of him and that’s why we’re looking at offering him an apprenticeship for after his GCSEs.
“I choose Nexus In-School because it is completely funded and is all about the future development of the individual young person. Giving students another way to develop social skills and a way to learn is what the world of work is about.”
The success of the scheme is in the time we spend placing the right student with the right employer. We speak to the young people about the roles and industries of interest to them and we offer employers ongoing support to help them get established.
What are the students like?
What support do employers get?
Here’s what one employer had to say about the process:
“The Nexus In-School team look carefully at matching the student to the correct placement and employer. The staff are honest, open, and approachable and they visit regularly to check on the progress and development of the student.”
Over the years we have seen countless young people transform their lives through the scheme. Not every young person is suited to continuing in education, and we believe they should be given a chance to succeed. Developing work-based skills helps them thrive and grow, turning them into enthusiastic, hardworking, and confident young employees.
Employers have told us they don’t know how they coped without their student!
There’s no obligation for your business to get involved, but we know just how beneficial the programme has been for the businesses and companies we have worked with. If you would like more information or to speak with one of our team, get in touch. We’d love to hear about your business and tell you more about the process. Contact our team by calling 01484 242000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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