Work experience in charities can boost innovation

| 24th Oct 14

According to national charity Fair Train, young people should be offered more work experience to encourage them to enter employment in third sector organisations.

With over 30% of its workforce aged over 50, the charitable sector is missing out on fresh and innovative ideas which young people can bring to organisations.

Pauline Broomhead, CEO of the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) said: “As a small charity, we have benefited hugely from both the skills and different perspectives brought to the organisation through offering work experience. Our young people support key areas of policy and project development, and the delivery of high profile events. 

Beth Gardner, CEO of Fair Train, said: “Work Experience allows employers to provide a young person with an introduction to working life, enabling them to build a platform for their future. Additionally, it is a great way to meet fresh minded, motivated and innovative individuals. We are calling on more employers to offer work experience, and more young people to tell us how work experience has benefitted them.”