"We’re absolutely delighted that even though this was the first time we've hosted our work experience remotely, all of the students grasped this opportunity, enhanced their employability skills and delivered thoughtful presentations.
"We thoroughly enjoyed working with Ahead Partnership again to make sure that our work experience could still bring these opportunities to young people in Birmingham. It has been a tough year for young people and activities like this will really make a difference to their futures. A huge well done to our students and a big thank you to all of our colleagues involved."
Christina Pendleton, Head of People and Engagement at Intercity Technology
MyExperience@ Intercity makes work experience work through the pandemic
Intercity Technology in Birmingham are celebrating the success of their first virtual work experience programme with Ahead Partnership.
MyExperience@ Intercity was designed and delivered with Ahead Partnership to give Year 12 students an insight into the world of work as well as the skills and qualities employers are looking for when recruiting. Students from a number of schools in inner city Birmingham that are interested in working in IT were offered the opportunity to take part in this three-week experience online by applying in writing.
As well as finding out more about the technical skills and knowledge required for the sector, MyExperience@ Intercity was designed to increase students’ confidence and demonstrate core employability skills such as communication and working to deadlines.
Twice as many female students took part in MyExperience@ Intercity as male students in a bid to address the gender imbalance in the industry and each of the sessions took place online. Some students in isolation at home were able to take part too, making the experience fully inclusive and accessible while the UK continues to wrestle with the pandemic.
The students were set a project at the beginning of their three-week experience and completed a learning log throughout. The project focused on the impact of 2020 on business behaviours and what part tech could play to help Intercity’s customers working in the new normal, as well as what the students had personally learned from their experiences this year.
Students took part in self-directed learning modules and technical skills workshops online several times each week. Each student had a mentor from Intercity Technology throughout the programme that they could ask questions and help focus them on their project. Students also took part in a careers panel so they could meet people from a range of roles within the organisation and get a broader understanding of the career opportunities available.
MyExperience@ Intercity culminated in each student presenting their project findings to Intercity Technology's senior team, including Group MD Charlie Blakemore, and an interview session from the panel to develop skills for future interviews.
Christina Pendleton, Head of People and Engagement at Intercity Technology, said: "We’re absolutely delighted that even though this was the first time we've hosted our work experience remotely, all of the students grasped this opportunity, enhanced their employability skills and delivered thoughtful presentations.
"We thoroughly enjoyed working with Ahead Partnership again to bring our work experience opportunity to young people in Birmingham, despite all of our colleagues now working remotely. It has been a tough year for young people and activities like this will really make a difference to their futures. A huge well done to our students and a big thank you to all of our colleagues involved."
Faron Convey, Project Coordinator at Ahead Partnership, said: "The feedback from the students has been fantastic and we're thrilled that organisations such as Intercity Technology are thinking flexibly to respond to the needs in their community. All of the students involved have told us that MyExperience@ Intercity has had a huge personal impact on their confidence and understanding of the world of work and the tech sector. A programme like this shows that work experience can work, even during lockdown, and that by working together we can make sure young people don't miss out on this formative experience."
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