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Inspire! > Get Involved > Offer a Work Experience Placement

Offer a Work Experience Placement

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Each year hundreds of students are eager to experience the world of work by taking on a work experience placement at a business or organisation. Work experience gives the student practical experience and knowledge of the workplace.

What do students gain from work experience placements?
  • Increased motivation in and understanding of the relevance of education 
  • A more developed understanding of the world of work and particular occupational areas
  • Career direction
  • Improved employability
  • A sense of achievement and satisfaction
  • The opportunity to learn skills from an adult role model

“I learnt how to use my initiative and to be more independent. I think it was a very good experience.”

Work Experience Student

What can work experience students bring to my organisation?
  • Enthusiasm and energy to complete tasks and projects
  • Fresh ideas and a new perspective on your business
  • An in-depth knowledge of the youth market - keeping you a step ahead!
  • They often bring up-to-date computer skills

"Students bring new ideas, local knowledge and enthusiasm"

Work Experience Host

How can my organisation benefit by hosting a work experience student?

By hosting a work experience student you can benefit from some extra help in the knowledge that you are helping to shape the workforce of tomorrow and putting something back into your local community. Your business or organisation can also benefit in other ways:

  • Increased employee motivation and management and supervision skills
  • A raised profile among potential customers and the wider community
  • Access to new recruitment channels and potential future employees
  • Work experience students can give you new perspectives and ideas

"It helps to boost the confidence of staff in their roles when appointed to mentor, supervise and share their knowledge and experience with the students.”

Work Experience Host

Is my business or organisation suitable?

For your business or organisation to offer a work experience placement, you need Employers’ Liability insurance and your workplace must be a safe environment for a student. You must also be able to provide support and supervision for a student.

How long is a placement?

These placements can range from a two week placement to extended placements, where students may work with an organisation for one or two days a week over a few weeks or months.

How will my organisation be supported?

If you decide to offer a work experience placement, Inspire! will support you every step of the way.

  • We will help you identify appropriate tasks and create a simple job description
  • We will carry out health and safety checks
  • We will offer you guidance and advice on how best to support your student throughout the placement

Upcoming Placement Dates

Host a Hackney student

Each year, Inspire! supports around 4,000 young people aged 14-19 in North and East London to gain first-hand experience of working life by undertaking an unpaid work placement with a local employer. 

Could you help us by hosting a student for a week, two weeks or even for one day a week over several months? 

It’s very simple to get involved. We’ll visit you to carry out a Health and Safety check (Employers’ Liability Insurance required), help you identify appropriate tasks for students placed with you and supply a simple job description to help students understand what is expected of them during their placement. We’ll also give you guidance on how best to support your student and be available to provide advice and support throughout the placement. You’ll also be able to meet your student in advance should you wish to do so. Sound interesting? Click here to get in touch for more information!

We are currently looking for employers to host Hackney GCSE students on the following dates in 2017/18:

Dates Sector/s
22 Jan - 2 Feb 2018 Any
5 - 9 Feb 2018 Any
5 - 9 Mar 2018 Any


We are also looking for employers to host post-16 students from Hackney on the following dates:

Dates Sector/s
9 - 20 Oct 2017 Health & Social Care
16 - 20 Oct 2017 Media 
11- 15 Dec Science
8 - 19 Jan Media
15 - 18 Jan  Business
22 Jan - 2 Feb 2018 Media
5 - 9 Feb 2018 Science, Business
12 - 16 Mar 2018 Art & Design

 

Please get in touch to sign up or find out more; we are particularly keen to hear from employers in STEM-related industries and fields!

Host a Camden student

Each year, Inspire! supports around 4,000 young people aged 14-19 in North and East London to gain first-hand experience of working life by undertaking an unpaid work placement with a local employer.

Could you help us by hosting a student for a week, two weeks or even for one day a week over several months? 

It’s very simple to get involved. We’ll visit you to carry out a Health and Safety check (Employers’ Liability Insurance required), help you identify appropriate tasks for students placed with you and supply a simple job description to help students understand what is expected of them during their placement. We’ll also give you guidance on how best to support your student and be available to provide advice and support throughout the placement. You’ll also be able to meet your student in advance should you wish to do so. Sound interesting? Click here to get in touch for more information!

We are currently looking for employers to host Camden GCSE students on the following dates in 2018:

Dates Sector/s
21 - 25 May 2018 Any 
9 - 20 Jul 2018 Any

Further dates are soon to be confirmed. 

We are also looking for employers to host post-16 students from Camden on the following dates:

Dates Sector/s
15 - 26 Jan Travel & Tourism
29 Jan - 9 Feb 2018 Art & Design, Health & Social Care
15 - 26 Jan 2018 Creative & Media, Health & Social Care
22 Jan - 2 Feb 2018 Business
29 Jan - 9 Feb 2018 Health & Social Care
29 Feb - 9 Mar 2018 Health & Social Care, Business, Art & Design
12 - 23 Mar 2018 Creative & Media, Health & Social Care

 

Please get in touch to sign up or find out more

Host an Islington student

Each year, Inspire! supports around 4,000 young people aged 14-19 in North and East London to gain first-hand experience of working life by undertaking an unpaid work placement with a local employer.

Could you help us by hosting a student for a week, two weeks or even for one day a week over several months? 

It’s very simple to get involved. We’ll visit you to carry out a Health and Safety check (Employers’ Liability Insurance required), help you identify appropriate tasks for students placed with you and supply a simple job description to help students understand what is expected of them during their placement. We’ll also give you guidance on how best to support your student and be available to provide advice and support throughout the placement. You’ll also be able to meet your student in advance should you wish to do so. Sound interesting? Click here to get in touch for more information!


We are looking for employers to host post-16 students in Islington in the Autumn and Winter term 2017/2018:

Dates Sector/s
15 - 19 Jan 2018 Science
22 - 26 Jan 2018 Science and Technology
5 - 9 Feb 2018 Engineering
19 - 23 Feb 2018 Health Sciences
26 Feb - 2 Mar 2018 Medical Science

 

 

Please get in touch to sign up or find out more!

For more information or to express an interest in hosting a work experience student, contact us.

Students interested in participating in work experience should speak to their school or college coordinator and refer them to Inspire! 

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