A Capital Experience

Proudly supported by the Citi Foundation, A Capital Experience opens up the world of work for young people and marks the start of the Career Ready programme for young people across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

Employers

A Capital Experience gives employers the opportunity to transform young lives and invest in the future workforce by opening their doors and providing a behind-the-scenes tour of their workplace. 

How it works 

A Capital Experience is held on Thursday 6 December and includes an event at The Dominion Theatre in the morning, followed by an afternoon of workplace visits across London.

Each workplace visit during A Captial Experience lasts approximately two hours and includes a behind-the-scenes look at a real workplace and the job roles available to young people. Many employers also use our pre-prepared materials to deliver a masterclass on the skills needed for career success. 

The value of hosting young people in the workplace 

By hosting young people in the workplace, employers are making a time-sensitive investment in the workforce of tomorrow. 

Workplace visits are a vital part of the Department for Education's new careers strategy as they help young people gain vital workplace skills and experiences by engaging with employers. Not only does this help them transition from education to rewarding employment, but it means that the future workforce has the skills needed for succeeding in the workplace. 

Hearing their reactions to your familiar day-to-day environment can also make you see your own business in a new light and add a 'feel-good' factor into your work environment.

Young people who recall four or more employer-led activities at school are five times less likely to be NEET and earn, on average, 18% more than their peers who recall no such activities. On average, our young people experience nine or more employer-led activities compared with the benchmark four.

 

Schools & Colleges

A Capital Experience is the start of your students' Career Ready journey and, through the workplace visit, enables you to reach Gatsby Benchmarks 1,3,5 & 6 for Good Careers Guidance. 

How it works 

A Capital Experience is held on Thursday 6 December and includes an event at The Dominion Theatre in the morning, followed by an afternoon of workplace visits across London.

The event at The Dominion Theatre is hosted by the one and only Action Jackson and also features some of our former students. Action Jackson will deliver a masterclass on the communication skills needed for career success and provide the inspiration & motivation for the next 18 months of their Career Ready journey. 

Following the morning event, each school & college will visit the workplace of one of our employer supporters. Each workplace visit lasts approximately two hours and includes a behind-the-scenes look at a real workplace and the job roles available to young people. 

Impact 

Workplace visits are a vital part of the Department for Education's new careers strategy as they help young people gain vital workplace skills and experiences by engaging with employers. Our workplace visits enable your school to reach Gatsby Benchmarks 1,3,5 & 6 for Good Careers Guidance. 

Young people who recall four or more employer-led activities at school are five times less likely to be NEET and earn, on average, 18% more than their peers who recall no such activities. On average, our young people experience nine or more employer-led activities compared with the benchmark four.

Seeing how a business works at first hand can also be an unforgettable experience and spur students on in their wider studies. 

A Capital Experience 2017