Why should I take part?
TOKKO holds opportunities for suitable people of all ages (both in education or looking to get into work) to be able to do quality work experience with us.
All placements are subject to an initial interview and we are only able to support one candidate in a work area at any one time to ensure a quality experience and suitable supervision. This gives you the chance to work in an office setting helping with paper work, using office equipment, gaining experience on the computer, experience reception or gaining experience in working in a youth work environment.
TOKKO runs different projects and groups such as general drop in, disability, LGBT and open mic night. All of these different groups give potential work placements and an opportunity to explore the options to see which kind of path they would like to follow whilst helping to develop communication, teamwork and work ethic.
If over 16 and the placement goes well, we aim to support people into volunteering opportunities (either youth volunteering, reception volunteering or youth work volunteering) or other suitable avenues which can help you meet new people, develop yourself, gain a sense of wellbeing and most importantly become a part of the community.
School/college/traineeship placements or those looking for work experience to support employability development.
Available throughout the year by prior arrangement. (Please note that dates particularly through schools book up quickly and as much advance notice as possible is advised.)
Key partners / funders
Currently funded from TOKKO central funds.
Hazel Mellon – Business Manager
What can I expect from taking part?
Gain real experience in a youth work setting.
Potential subsequent volunteering opportunities.
Develop confidence in chosen job role.
Gain real work experience in an inclusive, safe and supportive environment.
An opportunity to work with some amazing experienced people.
Project Case Study 1
Case A had been caring from her mum for many years and had joined the Princes Trust programme in Hemel Hempstead, she came to TOKKO for her work placement to have a go at everything in youth work so she could get a first-hand experience of working with different types of young people.
She now has an opportunity to work at the next Princes Trust team and volunteering at TOKKO afterwards to develop her employability further.
She has gained confidence in working with new and different types of people and has learned a lot about different path ways of education to get into youth work and the specialities that you can get into.
Project Case Study 2
Work experience B came to TOKKO from a local High School for a 2 week work placement with another student. Already familiar with TOKKO he hit the ground running and started planning his own project – A fundraising event for TOKKO.
The work experience student arranged the venue, raffle prizes and contacted local businesses to enter teams during his 2 weeks with TOKKO. His school also released him to support the event on the day where they raised just over £250. The work experience placement provided valuable transferable skills, enhancing the students CV. The young person remains in touch and has now secured part-time employment whilst undertaking his further education studies.