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Wandsworth BEST is a charity working in partnership with education and business to create exciting opportunities for young people. We offer a brokerage service to bring together schools/academies/colleges and businesses to create new opportunities for both businesses and learners. BEST was established in 1996 and has a well-earned reputation for offering quality service to local schools and colleges. We now work with a large number of employers from different sectors both locally and further afield. We can offer tailor-made packages to meet the needs of learners and employers alike and are always happy to come and discuss your plans.

If you are an employer who would like to get involved in any of the following programmes please see the contact details at the end.
 

What we can help with:

 

Pre-16 work experience

We take the hassle out of work experience and minimise the stress by working closely with employers. Students are able to look at the placements online and make their selections from out web based system. We follow the latest Health & Safety and safeguarding guidelines.


Post-16 vocational work experience

We arrange work experience that supports vocational courses, such as BTEC business, IT, science, Health & Social Care. We are also able to help your students on child care courses to fulfil the high requirements for work experience over two years. We are continuously looking for new employers to offer even better opportunities to benefit your students.

 

Mock interviews

Many schools appreciate the help we can provide in preparing young people for job interviews. Mock interviews are often arranged before the work experience, but can form part of the general employability skills package. We get business volunteers to visit your school to carry out mock interviews or we can take small groups of students to employers' premises to get interview practice. Students will always get feedback on their performance.

 

Pre-employability Training

We are able to offer a variety of activities to prepare young people for the demands of working life. These are practical activities combined with employer talks to make sure young people are ready for work. We have planned the programme based on what employers have told us, what skills they feel are lacking.

 

Internship Programme for Students

BEST can offer you an excellent way of using part of your pupil premium of bursary. We offer a special programme from Year 11 upwards to inspire your students, widen their horizons and help them see what's out there. We work independently with your students and expect them to communicate with us without teacher help. They take part in a Personal Development day to learn more about careers, employability skills and get a one-to-one interview. After this preparation day students are offered work experience on the field of their choice. This 1-2 weeks' work experience usually takes place either during or around school holidays. Students will learn better communication together with general workplace skills and gain increased self-confidence. Programme also includes CV work and coaching during the placement.

 

Support for Foundation Learners

We run a programme that offers FL groups tailor-made preparation for working life. This involves working with small groups of students, arranging activities to enhance their employability skills, interview practice and working with an employer to increase students' knowledge of recruitment processes. Participating students are arranged targeted work experience to suit them as discussed with the school.


 

For more information about BEST Programmes or just to discuss your requirements, please contact Wandsworth BEST on 020 8871 8630 or email Ellie Boorer on eboorer@wandsworth.gov.uk

 

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