Although we have placed ‘Evaluate’ as a final stage in the process, ideally you will be evaluating throughout the creation of your programme as well as after. Evaluating your programme means assessing the impact of the activity on its participants, measured against its intended outcomes. This provides useful insight into how it has worked from the point of view of all stakeholders including teachers, students and your employees, allowing you to build and adapt the programme for future interventions.
Listening to Others
Gathering feedback from students, schools and colleges, as well as your employees will give invaluable insight on how any work experience programme is received. Student feedback will help you understand what they have learned. Hearing more from the schools/colleges you work with will help you understand if you have been successful in helping them to meet their objectives. Any members of your staff that have been involved may provide you with some interesting ideas for a future programme.
“Was amazing, definitely considering nursing more. Thank you so much!”
– Introduction to Nursing attendee
Gathering Feedback and Learnings from Activities
The Careers & Enterprise CompanyA useful document that will take you through how to gather meaningful feedback.
Feedback from one of the student attendee's parents
Shared by Dorset CCG NHSFeedback is vital for employers to measure the success of their virtual work experience programmes. Read what one parent thought about the event their student attended.
Feedback following a Virtual Work Experience Programme
Shared by IGDThe view of a student who has participated in work experience.
Employer Evaluation: Feedback form for Students
Shared by West of England Cornerstone GroupUse this template to help create your own feedback form following delivery of any work with young people.
Building Lives: Work Experience Feedback
Shared by Willmott DixonA useful list of questions for gaining feedback following the experience of your workplace.
Learning and Improving
Thinking systematically about your virtual or blended work experience programme will help to explain why it was a success, or not. This process should help you draw a conclusion about what was learned and what could be done differently. It will form the basis of an action plan for the future. Key when thinking about making any changes in response to the evolving pandemic situation in the coming months and years.
“It is important to capture all aspects of the impact participation in your programme has on young people – engagement, enjoyment and learning.”
– From a Virtual Work Experience Working Group
Deliver & Iterate
Shared by Accenture and Movement to Work
Surveys as an evaluation tool
Shared by Engineering UK
End of the Programme Report
Summarise and celebrate your findings.
With the wealth of information and insight you have gained, you will have the basis to create a great report to share with stakeholders, marketing tools to raise awareness and form a toolkit for giving experiences of your workplace in the future.
Final Report: Virtual Work Experience Evaluation
Shared by Cornwall Museums PartnershipThis report shares insights into how employers value virtual and non-virtual experiences of the workplace.
Independent Evaluation Report
Shared by EDF EnergyThis report explores the impact work experience has and raises awareness of developing a pipeline of young people who are looking to secure future long-term employment.
Virtual Work Experience Programme Highlights
Shared by Dorset NHS TrustBe inspired by the creatively presented key insights from the 2020 Dorset NHS Trust’s Virtual Work Experience Programme.
What Do Attendees Think of Their Virtual Experience?
Shared by Dorset NHSFind out how much young people value virtual work experience and how it’s helped them to find more direction in their career.