Work Experience Works!

The vicious circle that many young people find themselves in – lacking experience because they can’t get a job but can’t get a job without experience – still exists. And, while some of our students are already working in a part-time capacity, in the main these part-time roles are not related to their chosen area of study. Clearly, breadth and range of experience is important to meet the needs of employers as well as negotiating and responding to the inevitable changes that we all face.

A quality work experience placement should not mean either party is giving away their time and getting nothing in return! In the case of the student, they are exchanging their time for knowledge, an improved CV, possibly a reference but there are other benefits;

  • The chance to try things out to see if they suit; essential in refining career choices
  • Identifying strengths and areas for development – self-awareness is important
  • Added depth for university and / or job applications
  • Greater understanding of a chosen or favoured career
  • Insight into the way a particular industry / sector operates and the challenges faced
  • A chance to build up useful contacts (for the immediate or longer term future)
  • A chance to see the “real world” relevance of what is being learnt at college
  • Some employers offer attendance at in-company training courses

But what about the benefits to you and your business?

  • It’s cost-effective – in most cases it won’t cost you a thing!
  • Mentoring and supporting a young person could be an effective way to assess the leadership potential of an existing member of your team
  • Cultural impact; a positive message to the wider workforce and the community about the values of the organisation
  • Access to a wider range of emerging talent and helping to up skill a new generation of workers
  • Building a talent pipeline – a placement can be a risk-free, trial period

Planning, providing and setting up a meaningful and mutually beneficial placement can take time. We recognise that it is difficult, particularly for small businesses, to have the time and resources to offer placements – and many will do their best to accommodate the request, even at short notice – but we also recognise that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can provide students with fantastic practical experience.

In a nutshell, we need your help to inform and enrich the education of our students and their developing employability. If you are willing to consider offering a work experience placement, we would be really pleased to talk to you, provide access to guidance and information and – importantly – work in partnership with you.

Please contact The BASE, Bournemouth and Poole College on 01202 205500 or email

Blog Author: Mark Adkins – Employability Skills Coach



Whether you choose to outsource your admin, marketing or anything else your business requires to an offshore or UK based assistant, the benefits to your business can be surprising.  We need to first look at what makes a good business great.  Every great business needs many factors to ensure the smooth running for not only itself but it’s clientele.


  • Customer Service
  • Sales & Marketing
  • IT & Maintenance
  • Finance and Accounts
  • Recruitment
  • PA & Administrative Services
  • Training & HR
  • Strategy and Data Analytics

But if you are a small business, a startup how can you get all of these experts?  Where do you go for advice? Who advises you on your accounts? Who has all the inside knowledge of HR employment, redundancy?  Who knows the numbers?

As your business grows you cannot do everything, so what do you do?  Employ?  NO!  You should outsource.  Continue reading and I’ll tell you why.
You can access a wider choice of experts who work from their own home office (virtually), so you are not restricted to where they are based.  You get an expert in their field that you can have for when you and your business needs them, if you don’t require their services that week or month then you don’t pay! Sounding good?

I wonder if you spend hours struggling with something that takes you twice as long to complete?  We’ve all done it! If you choose to outsource your work it’s completed faster and more thoroughly this saves time and money.

Your risk mitigation strategy is also another a primary reason to embark on outsourcing a professional, they are an expert, so they have the right qualifications, the right knowledge and the right insurance if anything goes wrong.  If you hire someone with these credentials you and your business have shown credibility and competency.

There are no ongoing office equipment expenditures, this not only helps the bottom line by cutting back on insurance, but it helps with maintenance and upkeep of all the equipment.  Not to mention all the compliance of DSE & HSE. (health and safety nightmare!)  Your compliance rules are relinquished; it is in the hands of the freelancer, outsourcer or company.

Freelancers or outsourcers are self-employed, so they take care of their own; training, equipment, pension, sick pay, maternity and insurance.  This is another expense saved for you.

I would steer clear of companies that say they are offering cheap assistance, I believe some basic requirements can be met, however they may often speak broken English and many things may get lost in translation. This could then result in the process being longer, more frustrating and costing you valuable time and money.

I will leave you with this:

There are three kinds of service; GOOD | CHEAP | FAST – You can pick any two.

GOOD service CHEAP wont be FAST

GOOD service FAST won’t be CHEAP

FAST service CHEAP won’t be GOOD