Working Options in Education is a careers education programme in England and Wales for 16-19 year olds, developed by charity MKB Foundation. Our aim is to engage, inspire and motivate sixth form students to realise their full potential and consider employment opportunities in the food, drink and retail industry. We do this by running free motivation and information sessions at state sixth form colleges led by volunteer speakers from industry and through an online careers information hub.
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A society where young people aim high and realise their full potential.
Working Options in Education’s mission is to engage, inspire and motivate young people to realise their full potential after sixth form, with a specific focus on careers in the food, drink and retail industry.
The Working Options in Education programme was launched in 2012 by Paul Monk following a visit with his niece Lauren to their old sixth form college in Luton. Both were working in the food, drink and retail industry and wanted to inspire students from their home town to think about their future careers.
Paul has worked in the grocery industry for over 40 years:
“I remember so vividly being 18, growing up in Luton with no idea of what was possible to achieve. I launched the Working Options programme to inspire sixth formers by giving them an insight into what might be available to them. To date we’ve reached over 5000 young people, and continue to provide our services free to sixth form colleges. We get great feedback from students and we’re proud that 100% of our colleges ask us back.”
Working Options is part of Monkey Business Foundation, a registered charity set up by Paul with dual aims, to raise funds for Grocery Aid, the grocery industry’s charity and to help state educated sixth form college students to realise their full potential.