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Fair Train believes passionately in the value of work experience, not only for those young people looking to kick start their careers, but also for employers looking to recruit the best talent and see the best results for their businesses.

The majority of businesses say that work experience is critical when recruiting new staff, according to the British Chambers of Commerce. Shockingly, though, only one in four employers offer any form of work experience!

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What they say...

The Work Experience Quality Standard accreditation demonstrates our commitment to supporting young people in gaining access to the world of work.

Senior Consultant, Sky

Work experience is an essential part of our business plan for growth, succession and our commitment to developing apprenticeships and jobs for the future

Head of Skills and Employability, Calico 

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High profile support announced for Work Experience Week

Key supporters of this year’s Work Experience Week have been announced in the lead up to this year’s campaign. Supporters consist...


Post-16 skills plan: Does the voluntary sector fit?

The government has published a post-16 skills plan following the Sainsbury review of technical education, led by an independent panel and chaired...


New ASDAN scheme gives learners insight into work

ASDAN has launched a new work experience programme to give young people a rewarding and engaging placement. As part of their programme, learners...


MPs call for return to statutory work experience at KS4

The Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy has published its first report - Careers education, information, advice and guidance...


ETF report recommends Work Experience Quality Standard accreditation

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has published a report identifying the characteristics of pre-vocational programme design and delivery...


Free support for accredited organisations

As part of our ongoing support to organisations accredited with the Work Experience Quality Standard, Fair Train is offering a series of free work...


Campaigns in March

March sees the return of National Careers Week (7th-11th March) and National Apprenticeship Week (14th-18th March). You can download the...


What does a gold standard college look like?

Havering College is renowned for providing high quality work experience to its 2,200 full time students. But how has it been so successful...


Employment support sector work experience

Ephraim is 17 and studying for AS Levels at Chestnut Grove Academy in Balham, South London. Later this year, he will be applying to university...


Making apprenticeships work

Apprenticeships are well embedded into Sky’s recruitment strategy. The organisation offers over 100 apprenticeships in areas such as business,...


Delivering quality Traineeships

PET-Xi delivers a wide range of programmes in schools to help learners achieve their full potential. Famous for its intensive GCSE revision courses,...


Demonstrating social value - employer’s perspective

The Calico Group is probably best known for managing over 4,700 homes across the North West through its housing association Calico Homes, but...