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 2021/22 are:

  • 25-29 Oct 2021
  • 14-18 February 2022
  • 11-25 April 2022
  • 4 July-26 August 2022

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 our work experience placements in 2021/22 are:

  • 25-29 Oct 2021
  • 14-18 February 2022
  • 11-25 April 2022
  • 4 July-26 August 2022

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

October opportunities

Sunbelt Rentals UK

Sunbelt Rentals is the largest equipment rental and services company in the UK. We are a leading supplier of equipment to the construction, infrastructure, events, industrial and government markets, with a network of over 190 depots. In this placement you’ll gain an understanding of the varied skills required in the world of work in the construction and rental industry. You’ll gain an overview of the different roles within the construction and rental industry e.g. working on large infrastructure and events projects.

Teach First Brand Marketing

In this placement, you'll research, support and develop marketing campaigns that speak to other young people like you to support Teach First's work in making sure all young people get a great education. You'll help increase youth engagement by contributing to campaigns focused on education and social issues, and by creating content for different platforms including social media. You'll gain industry knowledge on audience engagement, marketing strategy and content creation.

Teach First Fundraising Events

In this placement, you will help us to brainstorm ideas for upcoming events, research and secure raffle prizes for our upcoming gala dinner and help us to plan our events throughout 2022. This is a great opportunity to learn about the variety of events that we carry out, from mass participation ones involving thousands of people, to smaller but higher value events for our major donors. You’ll get to see the practical side of event management and gain some valuable skills along the way.

Teach First Fundraising Operations

In this placement, you’ll add real value to the whole fundraising team by identifying potential future partners of Teach First, ranging from global brands, promising new start-ups or influential individuals. You’ll use a variety of tools, methods and resources (as well as your own knowledge) to investigate and report on corporate social responsibility strategies, critically assess public perceptions and ultimately uncover potential fundraising opportunities to pitch to your team.

Teach First Philanthropy

This placement will help you gain an understanding of philanthropy and why individuals support organisations to make big change. You’ll learn about what makes high net-worth individuals want to support causes, the impacts of this, and how we find these people. You’ll receive training and experience on how to get the most out of meetings, how you can get people excited about your cause, and the way to give them the best possible journey in their philanthropy.

Teach First School Engagement

This placement is all about you sharing your opinions! During the week you’ll research different organisations that run careers activities for secondary school pupils. You’ll assess which you think are the most effective, bringing your own experiences and opinions to the project. At the end of the week, you’ll create a testimonial to share your thoughts on what you think is most important in careers education today and how companies can best support pupils like you.

Teach First Trusts and Foundations

In this placement, you’ll have an opportunity to research and understand the motivations of three potential Trust and Foundation fundraising partners for Teach First. You'll then draw on your own experience in school, or with a teacher, to write a compelling story that you feel would help to persuade your chosen partner organisation to work with Teach First. You’ll present your findings at the end of the week to show how we can better use stories to appeal to our funders.

Read our brochure for more detail on all of these placements:

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Ready to apply?

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Applications close on Monday 4 October at 5pm.

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

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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