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Aldridge Foundation Launches World Of Work Week

With work experience, internships and much one-on-one career guidance cancelled due to the pandemic, the Aldridge Foundation is making sure that our students still have access to essential insights into the world of work.

From 6 July,  the Foundation's World of Work Week initiative will help young people at Aldridge schools interact with industry professionals and access a host of online career resources, in the absence of traditional summer term, hands-on work experience.

Through a series of live and pre-recorded talks, ‘Zoominars’, panel Q&As and ‘day in the life’ profiles, students will be given the chance to explore a huge range of careers – and career paths – as well as get advice from experts on practical, positive steps they can take now, towards planning for their future. They will have the opportunity to develop communication and employability skills through specialist resources, to understand more about specific sectors and the roles within them, and to connect with mentors and potential role models.

Shona Nichols, CEO of the Aldridge Foundation said: “It’s up to us all to ensure that young people have all the opportunities we can give them during this difficult time. Thanks to the support of our partners, local businesses and the industry professionals who have taken part so far, we’re aiming to open students’ eyes to the wide range of careers available to them – and the possible routes they could take to get there. World of Work Week will hopefully go a long way towards building confidence to take action and start making their dreams for the future become a reality.”

The Foundation has launched a dedicated section on its website (World of Work) for all of these career resources, creating a hub which is available to all young people, not just our own school community. They are looking for even more businesses to get involved, and so if you think you or your business can help, please contact