TOKKO supports a range of people to gain an insight into our working environment. We are able to offer opportunities to gain experience to suitable candidates in:
- Customer service and hospitality
- Business and administration
- Youth work
We expect a professional work ethic (clear communication, attendance, time keeping and teamwork) as well as a willingness to learn.
To understand a little bit more about work experience at TOKKO Nicki a year 10 student from Challney Girls School shares her experience:
“I’m currently a student in year 10 – 2 years away from college – and I had to find a workplace for my work experience. Having been to TOKKO Youth Space earlier in the summer, I decided to come back and spend a week here for my work experience. From my earlier experience in TOKKO with my friends, to my current work experience, I see that the workers here are really welcoming and approachable; they make you feel comfortable and give you a good experience of work. As well as the youth work, such as projects and assisting staff, I also had a taste in the business side of TOKKO which was useful because I take Business Studies for my GCSE’s.
On my first day, I was introduced to the staff who gave me a very positive welcome, and I was given a tour around the building. I was guided on how to use the office equipment such as a laminator and printer, and helped with spreadsheets and computer-based work. Most general impressions of youth centres are that youths can ‘chill’, and have fun, which is why they are commonly popular. However, what significantly differentiates TOKKO from other youth spaces is that as well as having immense fun, they assist all ages in any condition and position, and works to shape them into better and influential people. TOKKO is responsible for a number of projects such as a Disability project, LGBT project, Young Mothers/Fathers project, and many more which all work to achieve a similar goal through guidance and activities; to increase confidence in a person and “extend ambition and potential” . They also hold free counselling sessions which are confidential and trusting to the individual. I am very lucky to be participating in some of these projects and witness how TOKKO works to help every individual and leave a lasting effect.
For anyone who visits TOKKO, they can enjoy the rock climbing wall, the café, and “a range of facilities, leisure activities and support services” in a safe and friendly environment. Having to work here at TOKKO, I got to see what happens in the background and what the youth workers have to do in order to provide for the community; I got to see and work in a proper work environment. I saw that there is intensive planning and responsibility from the workers to accommodate a fun experience for young people, as well as elders. The workers at TOKKO are tremendously pleasant and made me feel at ease and at comfort with working alongside them, and will effortlessly make any visitor feel welcome at attending their services. I got along with the workers, who’ve already given me a nickname which I’ve grown into, Nicki, and the staff will start conversations with me and it would make me feel even more welcome. I’m sure that after visiting TOKKO for my own leisure, and for my school purposes, I’ve got plenty of experience for my CV for future jobs and college. For anyone looking for a work experience placement, I would 100% recommend TOKKO Youth Space, who will give experience in various areas of work and will indisputably leave you coming back for more”
– Nicky (14 years)