Making Virtual Work Experience (VWEX) work best
Mar 16

Making Virtual Work Experience (VWEX) work best

A new approach to Work Experience as COVID restrictions start to lift


A new approach to Work Experience as COVID restrictions start to lift

  • Overview

    Rod Natkiel, formerly CEO of specialist Work Experience quality assurance company Fair Train, believes that, as COVID restrictions finally begin to lift, all organisations must urgently make major efforts to address the substantial impact of the pandemic on the UK’s workforce. Several sectors will have to tackle a large shortfall in potential employees and most employers will be intently focused on their own recovery. Against that background, educators’ plans need redrawing and re-igniting, as do the personal development of and career paths for young people, many of whom are demoralised and worried.

    In such circumstances, Work Experience has a vitally important role to play and, after a year of VWEX (Virtual Work Experience) being used to counter COVID restrictions, the landscape has changed. VWEX is here to stay, either as an exclusive approach or, most probably and, Rod would argue, most beneficially, within a hybrid model. VWEX is not about replication; it’s about something different.

    As organisations gear up to reinvigorate their Work Experience activities, Rod will work through the fundamental considerations in ensuring a quality placement that gives the best return for those interested exclusively in traditional physical placements, those wanting to adopt VWEX wholly and those interested in a hybrid model. Rod will explore how to capitalise on the significant benefits of VWEX (e.g. access to otherwise inaccessible experiences) and give evidence-based advice and tips on subjects including how best to engage remote learners; how to get them to participate; safeguarding online participants and new presentation skills required.


    To offer support on the following issues:

    • Support for organisations initiating, re-activating or increasing/developing their Work Experience activities by ensuring their understanding of the fundamentals of achieving high quality work experience placements (physical, virtual or a combination) for school, FE and HE students and adults changing careers or returning to work.
    • To facilitate an informed choice between physical, virtual and hybrid W/Ex, to increase knowledge and understanding of some of the key lessons that have been learnt in a year of the virtual delivery of Work Experience. These range from structuring programmes and sessions, engagement and encouraging and managing participation to safeguarding.
    • Highlighting the key skills required to deliver W/Ex successfully, and so to ensure fulfilment for the deliverer, and explore new and/or enhanced skills required as the activity moves into a virtual or hybrid form. Principal amongst these is presentation skills and young participants’ expectations.

    Who should attend

    Employers and Learning/Training Providers.

    Delegate Fees

    Members: £69+VAT

    Subsequent members: £49+VAT

    Network members: £99+VAT

    Non-Member: £119.00 + VAT

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  • Category
    Webinars, Workshops & Masterclasses
  • Date & Time
    Mar 16 2021 at 10:00 AM - Mar 16 2021 at 11:00 AM
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