Teenager says work experience at Worcester shop helped build her confidence and says more stores should offer it

Teenager says work experience at Worcester shop helped build her confidence and says more stores should offer it

HELPFUL: From left to right: Rachel Godwin-Emerson, who is on work experience at Monkee Business, with store owner Antonia Henson. Picture by Nick Toogood. 3014659402.

CONFIDENT: From left to right: Antonia Henson from Monkee Business in Reindeer Court with Rachel Godwin-Emerson, who is on work experience at the retro store. Picture by Nick Toogood. 3014659401

First published in News

THE owner of a Worcester business says having a work experience student has been a great help to her, and thinks more local stores should offer the opportunity.

Antonia Henson, who runs retro merchandise store Monkee Business in Reindeer Court, took on 16-year-old Rachel Godwin-Emerson for work experience on weekends after she asked for the opportunity.

Three months in, Miss Henson says Miss Godwin-Emerson has been a great help to her, and she thinks more local businesses should give young people the chance to work with them.

"I don't know of any other shops that offer work experience, apart from charity shops, but often they have a stigma attached to them that mainly older people volunteer in them," she said.

"I think if more businesses were to take on a work experience student for a few hours a week it would benefit both the business and the person involved.

"Having Rachel in the shop has massively helped me. There is currently only myself working in the shop so it's great to have her around to help customers when I'm busy with another customer, or to man the shop when I pop out to get some lunch. It also helps me see what it would be like if I did employ someone in future."

Miss Godwin-Emerson, who lives in Fernhill Heath, said the experience has been a huge help to her too.

"I've never had a job before so this is a great chance to get some experience. When I first started I was so shy and couldn't speak to customers, but now I greet customers and talk to them to see if they need any help," Miss Godwin-Emerson, who will start at the Youth Development College in Worcester in September, said.

"I have used the till a few times and it has helped build my confidence up and make me realise that I can do something like this.

"I think more businesses should definitely offer work experience — take someone on, review them, and make sure they are comfortable in what they are doing. It will really help them feel confident when applying for jobs in the future."

Monkee Business is celebrating its third anniversary and from September 1 will be offering giveaways and vouchers.

Comments (3)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

3:08pm Fri 25 Jul 14

uptonX says...

Generally businesses are keen to give youngsters the opportunity of work experience, most business owners had the chance themselves, but the schools/local authority now make it SO difficult.
Endless forms to fill in, no flexibility on dates, there are audits, inspections, CRB checks and loads of other nonsense.
Of course the youngsters need to be safe but the pointless additional bureaucratic burden in recent years is the reason so few employers offer this any more and is yet another example of how education and the wider public sector are so out of touch with the real needs of business and the wider economy.
Generally businesses are keen to give youngsters the opportunity of work experience, most business owners had the chance themselves, but the schools/local authority now make it SO difficult. Endless forms to fill in, no flexibility on dates, there are audits, inspections, CRB checks and loads of other nonsense. Of course the youngsters need to be safe but the pointless additional bureaucratic burden in recent years is the reason so few employers offer this any more and is yet another example of how education and the wider public sector are so out of touch with the real needs of business and the wider economy. uptonX
  • Score: 10

9:00pm Fri 25 Jul 14

speak your mind says...

Work experience can be good preperation for the big wide world and also character building. However candidates want to be mindful there are some ruthless employers out there awho might see it as an opportunity for using cheap labour so be careful!
Work experience can be good preperation for the big wide world and also character building. However candidates want to be mindful there are some ruthless employers out there awho might see it as an opportunity for using cheap labour so be careful! speak your mind
  • Score: 4

9:39pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Matt Wilkie says...

Ive tried hiring people before by the time the job center sent me the paperwork etc. it was easier to just get someone full-time! The fact is that the government make a job out of paperwork creation.

But I do think there needs to be more encouragement on getting youth into work and away from computers. Getting into something positive as at an early age they need to get on the right footing and not breeding kids filling up council estates.
Ive tried hiring people before by the time the job center sent me the paperwork etc. it was easier to just get someone full-time! The fact is that the government make a job out of paperwork creation. But I do think there needs to be more encouragement on getting youth into work and away from computers. Getting into something positive as at an early age they need to get on the right footing and not breeding kids filling up council estates. Matt Wilkie
  • Score: 1

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree