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

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.

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 and be given a free internet dongle to help them access excellent internet
  • receive an evaluation of their performance at the end of the week

Get involved

The dates for our work experience placements in 2020/21 are: 

  • 15-19 February 2021 (half-term)
  • 6-16 April 2021 (Easter)
  • 28 June-27 August 2021 (summer holidays)

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 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 hosting work experience placements in 2020/21 are:

  • 5-19 February 2021 (half term)
  • 6-16 April 2021 (Easter)
  • 28 June-27 August 2021 (summer holidays)

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

Take a look below to find out which companies have work experience opportunities. You can read more and apply to each of these, here:

Apply now

Any questions?

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

Achievement for All

Achievement for All is a leading not-for-profit organisation that aims to improve outcomes for all children and young people. In your virtual placement, you’ll research and support the development of marketing campaigns and help to increase charity engagement. You’ll learn more about charity working practices and educational research and policy.

Teach First Volunteer Experience Team

In your virtual placement, you’ll support our volunteering programmes that help teachers develop in their jobs. You’ll gain knowledge about what a good volunteer journey is and get to speak to people from businesses who already volunteer for us. We’ll ask you to do a research project and use interview skills to develop your own volunteering opportunity for teachers.

Teach First Fundraising Events Team

In your virtual placement you’ll get involved in research that will help contribute to the success of our upcoming events and raise vital funds for the charity. You’ll learn about event marketing, supporter journeys and have the opportunity to help create engaging content to promote Teach First events.

Teach First Corporate Partnerships Team

In your virtual placement, you’ll help us think about the best ways that businesses can work with schools to enable pupils to think about future careers. You’ll use your insights and experiences to plan a brilliant careers session. You’ll gain experience in research, creative and strategic thinking and presenting new ideas.

Teach First Trusts & Foundations Team

In your virtual placement, you’ll research and compare household name charities to Teach First to help us understand how we measure up. Your research and recommendations can help us to consider what more we can be doing as a charity to sell ourselves to potential funders.

 

Further opportunities from our partners

We’re also pleased to partner with some fantastic organisations that run their own work experience programmes. Check out the opportunities below.

Access Ashurst

We’re delighted to partner with international law firm Ashurst to promote their legal work experience programme in summer 2021. Access Ashurst offers Year 12 students a two-week placement at the start of the summer holidays, and a mentoring programme throughout Year 13.

The first week will be spent at Ashurst's London office, providing an insight into life at the firm, with work shadowing, skills workshops and mentoring support. The second week aims to expand knowledge of the legal and business sectors and is spent at five different organisations as part of the Social Mobility Business Partnership. The programme aims to increase access to law for young people experiencing disadvantage.

Applications for 2021 are now closed. We'll update this page when applications reopen.

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Deloitte Career Shapers

We’re also pleased to have a longstanding supportive relationship with Deloitte. Their Career Shapers programme offers pupils in Year 11 and 12 an opportunity to try out a career in one of Deloitte’s many exciting divisions.  

Apply now

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