Events Management Agency, Forgather offered insight into the Creative Industries Sector via Workfinder
We’re in a perfect storm. On one side of the skills story we have companies screaming out for talent and telling us they value work experience over university qualifications. On the other, the percentage of students accessing quality work experience is dismally low and disproportionately made up of young people from wealthier families.
Despite the challenges of improving youth employability, there are businesses and companies and all sizes in the UK doing their bit to prepare young people for the world of work.
The following case studies represent a range of work experience placements that businesses up and down the UK are offering and demonstrates what meaningful placements look like. If you're interested to have your company included, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Thanks!
Events Management Agency, Forgather offered insight into the Creative Industries Sector via Workfinder
Soft skills are hard to teach and having a week here at Yoti gave a sample of real work life, something you can only gain from experience.
London based Quantum Security Company with a vision to provide a quantum security solution to secure connected devices now and in the future.
Heist focus on science, tech and empowerment of women, it's a natural step to support a programme that inspires young women into careers in STEM.
“Musemio is a fantastic place to learn all about startup innovations and the effort required to get everything moving.”
We were fortunate enough to welcome Patricia and Tahseen to our Bubbl HQ for their respective work placements introducing them to Martech
RBS Early Careers Team hosted 5 female students from London schools for a week of work experience who applied via Workfinder
BX Merchandise believes work experience is at the heart of nurturing the future generation in business.
Following an ALD speed mentoring session, Neptune offered valuable insight into a growing tech company to two female students.
Work experience offers a perfect opportunity to develop professional communication skills and grow in confidence before university or job applications.
The Social Element CEO Tamara Littleton connected with Workfinder, working with two fantastic girls as they completed their work experience placements.
Thoughtworks, a global technology consultancy based in London and Manchester offer one week work experience programme to showcase the sector to students.
Award winning digital healthcare research consultancy, Vitaccess, supported two students to explore careers in health tech.
Family run business, Wenlock understand the importance of introducing the next generation to the many opportunities that exist outside of the classroom
Notting Hill Genesis embraces work experience and is accredited with Fair Train’s Work Experience Quality Standard at Gold Level.
Investment Management providers Rathbones and Clarands collaborate with NE1 to deliver 'Insight into Finance' day for 60 North East students
Graphite Digital offer personalised work experience opportunities to students aged 14-18 offering insight into digital agency life.
When a student asks if they can return we know we have had an impact and sparked an interest and aspiration!
Workfinder hosted 17 students for a work experience taster day introducing them to the Tech Sector.
Placements at Consortium could involve designing motivational memes or even drafting a marketing strategy. Read about Jude’s experience…
See how work experience transformed a summer for Pang, who helped develop an important new software release and build a pizza oven!
Read on to find out how Sulaksman, Temi and Reece benefited from a structured, yet varied, one-week placement.
Read on for hints and tips on the benefits of apprenticeships in engineering and finance with leading global healthcare company GSK.
For the past school year we've had the pleasure of welcoming a work experience student to Priory
Placement-student Jake helped COCO run efficiently, while learning valuable skills about how tasks can build into strategies.
Five amazing companies in the North East join to offer a unique work experience programme to twelve local young women.
Work experience students bring a new perspective and learn along the way, by helping the charity extend and improve social media reach.
Here’s how ANT helped 15-year-old Flo undertake a customer-engagement project and add valuable work experience to his C.V.
Find out how Kadri Ann is learning about entrepreneurship directly from the CEO, and helping the business grow at the same time.
E.G. Carter & Co. is a family run construction company operating in the SouthWest of England who have a big focus on community life.
Find out how Computer Science A-Level student Aidan boosts skills and lands a Part-Time role with the leading technology company.
Leading retailer Marks and Spencer has a huge commitment to careers and community. Here is how they support young people in Byker.
Having trained 300 apprentices via The Juice Academy, Tangerine are one of the best places to go in Manchester for the creative sector.
Esh have offered 250 days of WEX in the past 12 months alone, showing how engagement with the community can create new opportunities.
To support young people, Bruntwood became an active part of The Trafford College T-Level pilot, by offering work experience.
A summer placement for year 12 students at PwC proves a valuable insight into a professional services employer with an important purpose.
With 6.5 m Facebook followers, TryLife extended its reach with a work experience programme that grew from 4 to 39 students in just a year.
As well as giving children a love for literature, Seven Stories has found innovative ways to create meaningful work experience.
Click the video link to see how Rachael had a unique opportunity to gain a variety of skills in a 3-month placement, with support from founder Michelle.
Pioneering scheme encourages diversity within the legal profession through programmes which include opportunities to shadow staff.
Specialist hire company Andrews Sykes has become a patron to CACT, helping young people secure placements and interview training.
Structured programmes help start-ups connect with enterprising young people, who even had an opportunity to design for Workfinder!
MD Tracey Dawson explains how placements help Daletech to up-skill future engineers, future-proof their business and build a talent pipeline
Smart Futures, a programme from the EY Foundation, helped Milly and Qasim secure roles they couldn’t have imagined themselves taking.
LightOx has a growing team developing pharmaceuticals and life probes for treatment and diagnosis of cancers. Placements can be days up to a few months.
Two-week programme exposes nominated London school children to a multi-faceted career in insurance, with project-based work spanning range of activities
Interested in the creative industries? TICE offers students in the North East a range of hands-on insights into the creative, design and digital
Week-long placements for 15-18 year-olds match emerging talent with around 3000 live vacancies to support the growth of local SME’s.
Award-winning chocolatier Auberge Du Chocolat shows how expanding work experiences for keen young people, with sweet rewards all-round.
Through local collaboration, Cambridge LaunchPad shows how they have been helping local young people discover their STEM-based careers, since 2015.
Saggezza, a Sunderland-based IT consultancy, has created a programme in the HR department to support Rahat’s T-Level studies
Trend Bible, a Newcastle-based consultancy predicting future trends to help top brands stay ahead, knows the value of great work experience..
Saggezza, whose name means wisdom or insight, created a bespoke programme to give Ellie an insight into successful IT consultancy
It’s all in the name! Read how teenage entrepreneur Jenk Oz showed future entrepreneurs how to start a successful Gen Z publishing and media house.
Developing a gluten-free bakery product with nutrition claims was the task for Food Science under-graduates, in this career-altering opportunity.
See how lucky students took on a planned 2-week work placement with Australia’s largest business bank and gained insights into future career options
The Great North Run Pasta Party is just one of hundreds of fun events run by BeaconHouse. They offer ‘hands on’ work experience to help
Reading based engineering business Bion understands how offering great experiences improves prospects – for them and their students.
Baltic Training have a strategic ambition to address the gender imbalance in the tech industry.
Accenture offer work experience encounters at their Advanced Technology Centre in Newcastle through their work with schools, colleges and universities.
Ed-tech company Geek Talent, offered local students age 16-18 an internship to build a prototype over 12 weeks in the summer of 2018.
In a programme that’s been running for 7 years, Law Firm Muckle LLP offer week-long work experience during the October half term for 16-18-year-olds.
Sterling Pharma Solutions offer a one-week work experience encounter every year in July, for 14-16 year olds.
Key team members at Babylon explain how work experience can be valuable for staff as well as students.
Annabel Hibbert was 16 when she was accepted to do work experience at Rolls-Royce, Derby in 2014, a year before she started her apprenticeship there.
Rolls-Royce are one of the largest providers of engineering work experience in the UK committed to showcasing just how exciting STEM subjects can be.
Meet Jack, age 17 who participated in BT's Work Ready Tech Literacy Placement Programme.
Meet Charles, age 22 who participated in BT's Work Ready Tech Literacy Placement Programme.
Meet Sarah, age 20 who participated in BT's Work Ready Tech Literacy Placement Programme.
Meet Amin, age 23 who participated in BT's Work Ready Tech Literacy Placement Programme.
Meet Tom, age 20 who participated in BT's Work Ready Tech Literacy Placement Programme.
In the JP Morgan's seaside Bournemouth Corporate Center they run successful apprenticeship and graduate programmes across all sides of the business.
The company found the internship programme gained enormous reward in hiring young professionals in terms of fresh perspective and knowledge.
Sam McLoughlin, from Studio West and Catherine Boland, HR Manager at Printed.com organised 2 workplace visits for sixty 13-14 year olds.