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.

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: 

  • 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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Participant at a Teach First Student Taster

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.

Summer 2021 opportunities

Applications for all opportunities close on Tuesday 18 May at 5pm.

Use the button below to apply for any opportunity listed in this section:

Apply now

Accenture

Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. In this virtual programme you'll have the opportunity to learn more about consulting through an exciting real-life technology challenge, innovation and design workshops, and networking sessions with the degree-level apprentices.

Assura

Assura is a specialist real estate investment trust (REIT) which builds, buys and looks after GP surgery and primary care buildings (mainly for the NHS) across the UK. In this virtual placement, you'll gain an insight into the role of a surveyor – employees who identify suitable buildings to build or to buy.

Bettys & Taylors Group

Bettys & Taylors is an independent family business – they're the business behind Yorkshire Tea, Taylors of Harrogate coffee and the famous Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms. In this placement you'll join the Communications Team and work with experts from other areas of the business to give you a thorough overview of communications as a career path.

Capita

Capita is a consulting and digital services business who deliver innovative solutions to simplify the connections between businesses and customers, and between government and citizens. In this virtual placement you'll participate in informative and challenging activities as well as interactive sessions with people from around the business – so you can gain insight into different careers.

Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group are a charity that aim to end child poverty in the UK. In this virtual placement you'll be working with the Cost of the School Day team to create content for their work in schools, or to be shared more widely, to engage young people in a conversation about poverty.

Doddle

Doddle is a UK-based growth technology business that is trying to revolutionise the way consumers shop online. In this virtual placement, you'll get access to all areas of a growth technology company - sales, marketing, product, technology, finance & legal and HR - and hear about the various routes into the workplace.

Genesis Investment Management

Genesis Investment Management is a research-driven organisation with the aim to generate excellent long-term investment performance in emerging market equities for institutional clients. In this virtual placement you'll have an opportunity to rotate between the Operations and IT departments where you'll be shadowing the teams and assisting with daily tasks.

Liberty Global

Liberty Global is a world-leading converged video, broadband and communication company. They have operations under well-known brands like Virgin Media, VodafoneZiggo and Sunrise UPC. In this virtual programme you'll learn valuable skills for the future: communication, presentation skills and effective networking.

Liberty Specialty Markets

Liberty Specialty Markets (LSM) is the international commercial, specialty and reinsurance business of the Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, a leading global insurer. In this virtual placement you'll interact with the world of Insurance and Financial Services and gain valuable business insights.

Quod

Quod is a planning consultancy working in the built environment and property sector. In this virtual placement, you'll work with various project teams to gain an understanding of the multifaceted work they do and assist colleagues on a range of tasks.

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.

Find out more

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

Any questions?

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

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