Experience Works

1st September 2020 - 31st August 2023

Experience Works supports young people aged 15-24 who are NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) or at risk of becoming NEET, across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay. This project equips them with skills for life and work, giving them the confidence to find a path to a brighter future. Managed by Petroc, Experience Works is delivered by a partnership of organisations with a wide range of expertise and experience in working with young people across the South West. This project is funded by the European Social Fund. 

We support the partnership by leading on the project’s:
  • Impact Measurement
  • Employer and Community Engagement Strategy

Through co-design DCT have created the Explore portfolio and website for use by the project participants. It is designed to aid those without strong educational backgrounds or work experience think through their life experience, skills and talents and be ready to communicate these to an employer. The website can be found here

If you are an employer who is interested in finding out more about inclusive employment and the role that employers can play in making Devon a more inclusive place to work, or to find out more about DCT's work on evaluation and co-design, please contact Harry.Bonnell@devoncommunities.org.uk.

If you know of a young person, aged 15-24, who is NEET or at risk of becoming NEET, who may benefit from being supported to think about and plan for their future, or if you are an employer offering work placements please contact Petroc at experienceworks@petroc.ac.uk 

First biannual report 

Introducing Experience Works, the first of six biannual reports has now been published, covering the set-up phase and first three months of delivery, October 2020 – March 2021. Restrictions on movement due to Covid 19 during this time limited the amount of activity and engagement with young people that was possible. Nevertheless, there was important progress in establishing the partnership and in employer engagement, including:

  • 13 young people engaged with the project over 34 sessions
  • The Explore website which contains resources for young people seeking work or training was launched
  • Five employers took part in co-designing the Explore website
  • 10 partner organisations received training 

. The report lays out the framework for impact measurement in the future. 
You can read the report or download a pdf here


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