Enterprise Practitioners support up to twelve young people during the NCS Team Challenge, helping them to learn skills which enable them to interact with the local community.
The Enterprise Practitioner is responsible for leading three day sessions teaching enterprise skills. The Practitioner also leads two visits to a local community group (including care homes, youth clubs and homeless centres) so that the young people can use the skills they have learnt to interact with the people that they meet. The young people have to plan an event that they can deliver to benefit their community partner and help the young people interact within the community. Finally, the Practitioner works with the young people to design and deliver a showcase performance.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed the work - I was given loads of responsibility and I learnt so much, both from the training beforehand, and whilst actually on the placement. I also really enjoy working with young people – it was great to be able to see them learn and develop under my instruction.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
In my role as Enterprise Practitioner I was completely responsible for teaching young people about enterprise. I felt valued by my colleagues as they completely trusted me to teach the young people, and looked to # me to take the lead on the timetable of the day as well as trips in to the local community.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
A lot of the staff that I worked with on my placement had worked on NCS during the summer already, and I felt like I had to get them to fill in a lot of the gaps in my knowledge. I would have liked to have been briefed on a few more details beforehand, e.g. the fact that I would need to bring lunch as I would be eating with the young people and wouldn’t have time to go to the shops. Overall though, I felt like I was well supported.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was kept really busy on a daily basis. I came in and prepared the classroom and my lesson plans, and then spent the whole morning delivering sessions. In the afternoon we would visit local community partners or deliver a showcase. There was actually never a spare moment – even if things are quiet you have to be ready to run games and activities to keep all of the young people entertained.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
In my role as Enterprise Practitioner I was given lots of responsibility. We were supervised by one other staff member to support us with behaviour management, but otherwise we were responsible for the whole group of young people, and their learning for three days. We had to plan and deliver the sessions, build up good working relationships with young people and staff and lead on the relationships with local community partners during visits.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills that I learnt weren’t directly related to my degree, but were more ‘extracurricular’, allowing me an opportunity to develop skills in youth work, public speaking, training and facilitation. I believe that all of these will be really useful in the future, both if I choose to work with young people or in business.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I wasn't actually working in an office, but in the classroom environment, and between sessions we had a great time.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
You could tell that a lot of organisation had gone in to the programme, as there were lots of seasonal staff being hired. The application system was really easy to use and well organised, and we got regular communication updates. We were also called up by the manager a week in advance of starting, which was really helpful too.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
For my role I had to attend two training days. It didn’t feel very personal – there were many other people at the training days, but the training was really useful, and it had clearly been specially tailored towards our roles. I feel like they did invest a lot beforehand – the only thing that is missing is feedback of my performance during the placement.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
There were no perks with
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
There seemed to be lots of people who I’d met who had worked on the NCS programme before. I think that working this summer has opened up doors to doing even more shifts this summer, as well as in Autumn of this year. I also believe that it will be easier for me to get work with NCS The Challenge again next summer too.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was a really strong social scene amongst my fellow colleagues – we caught up every morning and evening, and I really enjoyed these moments. They all came from very interesting backgrounds, and all seemed motivated by making a difference for young people. Everyone was really friendly and easy to talk to and I’ll definitely be keeping in touch.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?