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Work Experience Week 2015

This year’s Work Experience Week will take place from 12th-16th October. Register here to be kept up to date!

What is Work Experience Week?

A week dedicated to raising awareness of the benefits of high quality work experience. Work Experience Week aims to get all parties involved in work experience to celebrate its full potential. It’s a chance for employers, learning providers and young people to showcase the positive work they are doing and encourage more organisations to realise the benefits of work experience.

Currently only 1 in 4 employers offer work experience and we don’t think that’s good enough. Work Experience Week aims to increase the quantity and quality of work experience programmes, including Traineeships, Apprenticeships and Internships.

The Void comments, in a moderate tone in our opinion,

The vile welfare-to-work sector are teaming up with a DWP controlled front organisation this week to hold a celebration of all the money they are making out of unpaid work.

The inaptly named Fair Train are funded by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, a government body under the control of both the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and Iain Duncan Smith himself.  Despite their name, this so-called charity exists to promote unpaid Work Experience schemes, by flogging off dubious Quality Standard awards to workfare exploiters.  In 2013 they were paid a whopping £283,000 of tax payer’s money to promote unpaid work schemes.

Week Experience Week is part of this gushing celebration of exploitation, so it is no suprise to see ERSA, the trade body established to lie on behalf on the welfare-to-work sector, joining in the festivities.  Fair Trade say that want others to get involved with Work Experience Week, with aim of encouraging as many companies as possible to stop paying wages and start using workfare.  You can let the bastards know what you think on twitter using the hashtag #WEWeek2015.

You might care to sponsor this event:

Sponsor packages.

Work Experience Week headline sponsor –£10,000.

There a lot to celebrate during the bean-feast:

Themes for the week

This year’s Work Experience Week will focus on the different types of work experience available to learners. By highlighting the different types of work experience we aim to inspire and educate more organisations to offer high quality placements. Here’s what we’ve got planned:

Monday – Traineeships
Tuesday – Interns
Wednesday – Volunteering
Thursday – Apprenticeships
Friday – Work experience at school or college
Get involved using #WEWeek2015 and don’t forget to submit your plans by completing our editable plan in our toolkit for a chance to be featured in our newsletter.

Work Experience Week Champions.

Sarah Hewson – Presenter, the Trusted and Reliable Sky News

I’m a passionate supporter of Work Experience Week because I wouldn’t be where I am today without work experience. It was a placement at Sky News that led to my first job there 13 years ago and work experience at a local newspaper aged 15 that convinced me journalism was the career path I wanted to pursue.

I’m now proud to be an ambassador for Sky Academy which aims to give opportunities to a million young people by 2020.

Don Hayes – Trustee, Fair Train Unpaid Work schemes.

When it comes to improving the employability of young people and long term unemployed adults, nothing can make a bigger difference than good quality work experience. I know this is true because I have seen it over many years, with a whole range of different groups, with both young people having just left school and adults who have been out of the workplace for a while.

Work experience provides something positive for the CV, enables individuals to regain or learn the habits and attitudes of work but most of all it really builds self-esteem and confidence.

Suggestions for twitter welcome.

Written by Andrew Coates

October 12, 2015 at 3:49 pm

16 Responses

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  1. Workfare is forced unpaid labour and should be abolished, being forced to work for zero wages In stinking charity shops, while they get paid for the fucking privilege, scrounging parasites.


    October 12, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    • Not only in Charity shops, employers have many thousands of the unemployed working for them, and we know many employers who don’t will do in the future.

      Look at a few jobs advertised on line, you only need reed between the lines.


      October 13, 2015 at 10:15 am

      • Read even!


        October 13, 2015 at 10:21 am

      • I think there are few things more depressing than being forced to work for a ‘voluntary’ organisation.

        Andrew Coates

        October 13, 2015 at 10:56 am

      • Yes, why should we work for employers with no pay, we apply for jobs but we know what the outcome will be because we know the employer is really looking to take on the unemployed because they know they can.

        Myself I will not be forced into doing anything, I volunteer in the food bank because I want to, to volunteer should be just that.


        October 13, 2015 at 11:59 am

  2. GPs will no longer need to issue sick notes for patients off work for longer than four weeks under a new occupational health scheme to be launched in the Spring.

    But the Government has admitted the service will only offer face-to-face consultations with occupational therapists in a ‘minority’ of cases – the majority being dealt with over the phone or online.



    October 13, 2015 at 8:49 am

  3. From: Internal admin user

    22 September 2015

    Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
    Could you tell me and the public why children are being used for
    fraud investigation surveillance and how much they receive while
    working alongside there (FIO) parents, Also could you give the
    amount of hours they are allowed to work.
    Yours faithfully,

    [name removed]



    October 13, 2015 at 10:27 am

  4. OT : BEWARE – DWP Tricks to Sanction Claimants

    “Sanctions – no written decisions and uninformative MRNs”

    Read and be aware of this.


    October 13, 2015 at 12:03 pm

  5. “Work experience provides something positive for the CV, enables individuals to regain or learn the habits and attitudes of work but most of all it really builds self-esteem and confidence” as if everyone has never been employed. this is what gets me.


    October 13, 2015 at 1:47 pm

  6. Volunteering on CWP, My Arse!

    Jim Royle

    October 13, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    • A novel way of meeting the funding crisis: the NHS will be run by unpaid volunteers.

      Andrew Coates

      October 13, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      • Andrew, what better way is there to get on the Job experience in such a important field – I can see it now [sarcasm ALERT]?

        Never operated on a Brain an 18 years old – step right up
        Never set a broken leg? We have just the thing for you
        Don’t know what Ebola is? We need someone to clean out the room, no there no need for anything except what your wearing, Jeans, Tee shirt and a strong back.
        Oh, you need to sit down a lot – how about sorting urgent from non-urgent patients in A&A


        October 13, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    • Hey Jim:

      Does this refer to the Work Programme or a Community Work Placement? I’ve never heard of the Community Work Programme.

      jj joop

      October 13, 2015 at 5:45 pm

  7. OT: DWP Sharing Data with Third Parties

    Hat-tip to unemployment net for spotting this one:


    I especially liked points 1, 5 & 6


    October 13, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    • The reply, if any coherent reply is forthcoming, should be interesting.

      jj joop

      October 13, 2015 at 5:42 pm

  8. Has anybody else on ESA been told about PROSPECTIVE Work Experience for four (4) weeks at theeir local JCP. Either frontline or back office ?

    Mister Middlesex

    October 24, 2015 at 7:54 am

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