Work the Change is an employability training programme for young people in the UK designed to ease the school-to-work transition. Helping young people understand what employers are looking for and how they can assess their own skills and experiences. WTC itself is CV-worthy, honing communication, presentation and teamwork skills and requiring proactivity and professionalism.
Through self-assessment, this module asks students to identify their hobbies and interests and look at how they can build life skills to improve confidence and self-esteem.
By identifying the qualifications needed to pursue their dream career, this module challenges students to think about and develop non-academic skills that employers are looking for.
This module asks students what they can do now to develop their CV and take control of their own progress, in preparation for the job market.
Through hands-on activities students learn about the importance of teamwork, planning, initiative and problem solving.
"Year 10s can relate to VI formers far more than teachers. The ambassadors were passionate and enthusiastic and they connected with the year 10s"
"It gave both those leading the classes and those taking part something to be proud of"
"It helped me reflect about myself - a greater ability to stand up in front of others and a better understanding of how to build and maximise my own strengths"
- Sixth Form Ambassador
"It was good having the opportunity to take leading, organising and being confident to make your own decisions"
- Mentored Student
What it involves
We run a one- day training for sixth formers, which teaches them how to deliver employability workshops to their younger peers. These sixth formers are dubbed ambassadors, and when their training is complete, they deliver the workshops, under our supervision, to the Year 10s. Following on from these workshops, we also provide up to ten mentorship sessions for those Year 10 students requiring additional support in confidence-building and gaining vital skills.
PCI visits school and meets with Heads of VI Form and Year 10 to find out what the school is already doing and discuss the programme.
PCI runs a one day training for Sixth-form ambassadors on the workshops they will present to their year 10 peers
Introduced by a short assembly, year 10 students are split into classes and revolve from one module to the next, delivered by the ambassadors with trained PCI staff overseeing activities.
Following on from workshops, we also provide up to ten mentorship sessions for Year 10 students requiring additional support in confidence-building and gaining vital skills.
Enhance the employability of young people in your school, children’s home or homeless shelter