Work experience

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Our Work Experience Programme connects pupils from disadvantaged communities to lifechanging opportunities - in some of the country’s best known companies.

  • Stipend available for students, funded by the AKO Foundation.
  • Connect students to otherwise distant career paths.
  • Opportunities throughout the school year.
  • Virtual placements available for pupils nationwide.
  • Placements in a wide variety of industries.
  • Unlock potential in young people.
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Put an end to wasted potential. Sign up your pupils or host a placement today.

For schools

Why take part?

We’re one of the richest nations in the world, so why aren’t all our young people getting the opportunities they deserve? The poorest schoolchildren don’t have the role models, support and connections they need to succeed. Doors are closed to them before they know they exist – and COVID-19 has only made this worse.

  • In a recent Prince’s Trust poll, 46% of young people said finding a job now feels impossible.
  • 63% of teachers believe that opportunities for young people to meet a range of employers from different sectors are more vital than ever (Teacher Tapp, July 2020).
  • The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) predicts youth unemployment is soon set to double, bringing the total of unemployed young people to over a million.

The Teach First Work Experience Programme gives pupils from schools in disadvantaged communities unforgettable opportunities to spend a week with some of the country’s most exciting companies.

Companies will give pupils the chance to experience their industry and give an insight into the workplace, either virtually or in-person. For virtual placements, Teach First will make sure that every pupil that takes part has access to a computer and internet in order to take part.

Important info on COVID-19

Due to COVID-19, we're working with companies to provide virtual work experience making the opportunities accessible to pupils nationwide. 

Companies will give pupils the chance to experience their industry, regardless of location and give an insight into the digital workplace. Teach First will make sure that every pupil that takes part has access to a computer and internet in order to take part.

By taking part, pupils will

  • develop important professional skills for the modern workplace
  • build employability and soft skills – such as communication, teamwork, confidence and time management – through project work and a variety of other working styles
  • develop awareness and understanding of the world of work and different career options
  • be paid a stipend if they successfully complete the week
  • be given a free internet dongle to help them access excellent internet (for virtual placements)
  • receive an evaluation of their performance at the end of the week

Get involved

The dates for our work experience placements in 2021/22 are:

  • 25-29 Oct 2021 (virtual)
  • 14-18 February 2022 (virtual)
  • 11-22 April 2022 (in-person)
  • 4 July-29 July 2022 (in-person)
  • 1-26 August 2022 (virtual)

See our 'Opportunities' tab for current placement openings.

Any questions?

Email us at workexperience@teachfirst.org.uk or call 020 3862 8000.

Not only did I learn more about the company and develop my CV, but I also had a really great time meeting new people.
Amy - Year 13,
Rivers Academy West London
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For businesses

Why take part?

Just one week learning with you could change a young person’s future.

We know that when we get the foundations right for disadvantaged pupils we can unlock the potential of every single young person. That’s why we’re always looking for businesses interested in hosting work experience placements.

Our work experience programme, in partnership with the AKO Foundation, is designed to inspire and motivate bright young pupils from schools in low-income communities. By hosting a one-week placement, you’ll provide building blocks towards a successful career.

Due to COVID-19, we’re working with companies to provide virtual work experience placements as well as in-person, making the opportunities accessible to even more pupils nationwide.

The difference you could make

By offering work experience opportunities at your organisation, you’ll be able to help young people by:

  • supporting even more of them to kick start their careers
  • giving them the chance to meet people from across the UK, reflecting real-life workplace experiences
  • motivating them to do well at school after experiencing a challenging, enjoyable and inspiring placement

Plus, through virtual work experience, with no location or travel restrictions holding them back, pupils in remote areas can be reached, giving them access to a wider range of sectors and roles.

Why work with Teach First?

  • You’ll reach pupils in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the country.
  • You’ll be partnering with an organisation with proven success of making education fair for almost twenty years.
  • Your donation to Teach First means that we can provide your business with all the necessary support to help you deliver a great week of work experience, including advice and guidance on communications with pupils, safeguarding and consultation on content.

Get involved

The dates for our work experience placements in 2021/22 are:

  • 25-29 Oct 2021 (virtual)
  • 14-18 February 2022 (virtual)
  • 11-22 April 2022 (in-person)
  • 4 July-29 July 2022 (in-person)
  • 1-26 August 2022 (virtual)

Interested? Email us at workexperience@teachfirst.org.uk or call 020 3862 8000.

I can't believe the week is over! Possibly the most rewarding week ever. Thank you so much for all your support before, during and now after the programme. We had a fantastic bunch of students and we can't praise them enough.
Sim Virdee,
Responsible Business Manager at Capita 
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Opportunities

Summer opportunities

Monday 4 July – Friday 8 July 2022

Frontline

Frontline is a charity based in London, building a movement of social workers and leaders to bring about safety and stability for children. You'll spend each day with a different team in External Relations, learning about each of these areas. You’ll also get involved in creating content for Frontline’s social media channels, helping with event preparation and summarising the latest news that's relevant to our work.

Blakes London

Blakes London is a design company based in London. This placement will involve rotating between the design, installation, finance, HR and Marketing teams. You'll also undertake a business project during the week. Depending on your experience and interests this might be a design-focused project, or analysis of our market position and current marketing/ social media approach.

Farallon Capital

Farallon Capital is an investment management company operating across Europe. During this placement, you'll complete research projects, produce reports and deliver presentations. You'll get to meet with heads of different departments to gain an insight into different business areas.

Monday 18 July – Friday 22 July 2022

GCHQ

GCHQ is the government communications headquarters, responsible for the nation’s security. The placements will take place in Manchester and London, and will give you an insight into a range of different specialisms. You'll complete a mix of structured sessions and an independent project.

Fair Education Alliance

The Fair Education Alliance (FEA) unites over 250 member organisations under a shared vision that no child's educational success is limited by their socio-economic background. During this placement, you'll be involved in two key areas of our work over the week: Communications & Collective Action and Impact & Evaluation.

Nederlander Theatres – Aldwych Theatre

The Aldwych Theatre is a West End venue owned and operated by the Nederlander Organization. It is currently home to TINA - The Tina Turner Musical. The technical placement for students aged 18+ will give backstage, lighting and fly experience. The all-round placement will give experience in the box office, front of house and theatre management.

Monday 25 July – Friday 29 July 2022

AKO Capital

AKO Capital is one of Europe’s leading investment partnerships. In this placement, you’ll have the opportunity to learn first-hand how a successful investment firm operates, the various roles and responsibilities, and how it all fits together. Their approach is interactive so that you can gain the full experience of working in an investment firm and make a genuine contribution to the day-to-day business.

Nederlander Theatres – Dominion Theatre

The Dominion Theatre is one of the biggest theatres in the West End, owned and operated by the Nederlander Organization. During the placement the Dominion Theatre will be home to Grease the Musical. The technical placement for students aged 18+ will give backstage experience including working in the wings, lighting and fly. The all-round placement will give experience in the box office, front of house and theatre management.

Genesis Investment Management

Genesis is a research-driven organisation with the aim to generate excellent long-term investment performance for institutional clients. During the placement, you'll spend time with different departments who support the day-to-day running of the business, including Operations, Finance, Technology, Compliance, Human Resources and the Client Team.

Ready to apply?

Find out more (PDF)

Apply now

Deadline to apply is Monday 23 May, 5.00pm

Any questions? 

Email us at workexperience@teachfirst.org.uk or call 020 3862 8000. 

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Corporate partnerships

Before they set foot in the classroom, our country’s poorest schoolchildren are already on uneven ground. Doors are closed to them before they even know they exist. As a corporate partner, you have the power to open them.

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