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Education Matters: Addressing the Work-Related Learning Framework  

To support the statutory requirement, QCA produced a framework setting out the suggested minimum work-related learning experience for all young people.  The framework comprises of 9 elements, which cover the range of learning opportunities that would enable a school to successfully deliver the statutory requirement.

We aim to cover all the 9 elements of the framework but can tailor the workshop to give more emphasis to specific areas, as is required by your school. 

1. Recognise, develop and apply their enterprise and employability skills.  

Through their preparation for practice interviews, students are encouraged to pinpoint the features of good interview techniques, and to identify the work-related skills and characteristics that should be highlighted when seeking a job.  Then, as they act out the role plays and evaluate their own performance, they reflect on how we can best articulate these abilities in an interview situation.

2. Use their experience of work, including work experience and part time jobs, to extend their understanding of work.

Clearly, the extent to which we can cover this depends on the age of students and their previous work experiences.  However, through brainstorming, we discuss the students’ observations about how expectations can differ depending on sector and role.  We also look at how over time working practices have evolved.

3. Learn about the way business enterprises operate, working roles and conditions, and rights and responsibilities in the work place. 

As part of the session, students interview the consultants, questioning them about the implications of their role.  Following a group discussion about rights and responsibilities at work, the students are asked to reflect on the different organizational behavior that they might expect in their desired role.

4. Develop awareness of the extent and diversity of local and national employment opportunities.   

As part of the initial plenary, the consultants give an up-to-date synopsis of ‘today’s marketplace’, which is later complimented by a session focusing on key resources for job seekers.

5. Relate their own abilities, attributes and achievements to career intentions and make informed choices based on an understanding of the alternatives. 

The underlying theme of the entire session relates to the individual portfolio and aspirations of each student.  Each student has the opportunity to discuss and seek advice from the consultants about a professional field that is of interest to them and they are encouraged to consider the nature of the role and the specific skills that it might require.

6. Undertake tasks and activities set in work contexts. 

Although the session may take place in school, the unique approach of our consultants and the nature of the activities ensure that the programme’s feel is ‘external’ and professional.  The interviews are conducted as they would be in real life and the resources used come directly from existing businesses.

7. Learn from contact with personnel from different employment sectors.   

 Who better to offer students an insight into a variety of employment sectors than professional recruitment specialists? Students benefit from our breadth of experience, as discussion of business practice and career pathways ensues.

8. Learn from experience (direct/indirect) of working practices. 

Our templates for interviews are based on modern recruitment procedures that are being implemented right now in real existing organisations.  This means that to the greatest degree possible, the experience is current, relevant and real.

9. Engage with ideas, challenges and applications from the business world.

The fundamental aim of Project M is to show students what is really happening in the world of work.  By learning about and discussing the requirements of current employers in differing fields, students can make more informed decisions about where they and their portfolio of skills can make a real impact now and in the future.


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