A virtual career development programme funded by MK Council is set to reach more than 2,000 secondary school pupils in Milton Keynes this year.
MK Council entered into a partnership with local charity Worktree on the new scheme, called Career Workout, as part its £2.25m COVID-19 MK Economic Recovery Fund.
Worktree was established in 1992 and connects professionals who volunteer their time to meet with secondary school aged children and help them develop skills that equip them for the workplace.
The charity facilitates meetings between young people and diverse workers in a series of virtual conversations and video messages centred around career prospects, in an effort to raise young people’s career awareness, aspirations, communication skills and confidence levels.
Since launching Career Workout last year following the Council’s funding, Worktree has connected more than 150 professionals from 90 different MK different businesses with more than 500 students from five secondary schools. The programme is set to engage with more than 2,000 secondary school pupils across Milton Keynes by the summer.
Cllr Carole Baume, MK Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture said: “We’re delighted to be working with Worktree to help provide career development opportunities to young people in Milton Keynes.
“We’re grateful to all the professionals across the city who give up their time to offer their support, advice and guidance.
“Every volunteer has the potential to say something that will inspire a young person to think differently about their own future.”
If you’d like to find out more or would like to get involved by volunteering your own time, please visit www.worktree.org.
MK Council is also encouraging anyone who might be able to inspire young people into their career path to complete a 10 minute career snapshot at https://snapshot.worktree.org/.