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Offer a work experience placement

Offering a work experience placement can benefit both young people and businesses.

We arrange thousands of work experience placements each year for schools and colleges in the London boroughs of Hackney, Camden and Islington. Placements can take place over one – two weeks, or once or twice a week over an extended period.

What do young people gain from work experience?

How do businesses benefit from offering work experience?

Is my business or organisation suitable?

Year 12 students from Clapton Girls Academy working with their employer at NAB

What do young people gain from work experience?

Work experience gives young people practical knowledge and experience of workplaces. For many young people, it can provide access to opportunities that are otherwise out of reach. A work experience placement gives young people:

  • Understanding of the world of work
  • Understanding of an occupation or industry
  • Career direction
  • Improved employability and soft skills
  • Networking opportunities with employers
  • An opportunity to put classroom learning into practice
  • Increased motivation at school/college

WithPR hosting a student on her work experience placement

How do businesses benefit from offering work experience?

Organisations across all sectors can help shape the workforce of tomorrow while receiving a students’ help. You could benefit from:

  • The chance to develop employees’ management and supervision skills
  • A raised profile in the community
  • New perspectives and ideas from young people
  • Access to potential future trainees or employees. Some work experience students have since entered part-time employment or apprenticeships with their employer hosts.

A student learns to cook during his work experience placement at D&D Restaurants

Is my business or organisation suitable?

All you need to offer a work experience placement is Employers’ Liability insurance and a safe and supportive environment. Your workplace should also be accessible by public transport.

Inspire! will support you to offer an effective placement every step of the way. Employers will be matched with suitable students and receive:

  • Guidance on identifying appropriate tasks and creating a basic job description
  • A risk assessment of your workplace
  • On-hand support throughout the placement 

Upcoming work experience placements:

Host a Hackney Student

Key Stage 4: 14-15 year olds studying GCSES

 Dates Sector
  1 Oct – 7 Dec 2018 General
  19 – 23 Nov 2018 General
  21 Jan – 1 Feb 2019 General
  18 – 22 Feb 2019 General
  25 Feb – 8 March 2019 General
  11 – 22 March 2019 General
  8 – 12 July 2019 General

 

Key Stage 5: Post-16 year olds studying vocational qualifications

 Dates Sector
  19 – 23 Nov 2018 Art & Design/Business
  14 – 18 Jan 2019 Media
  21 Jan – 1 Feb 2019 Health & Social Care
  28 Jan – 1 Feb 2019 Science
  11 – 15 Feb 2019 Science
  18 – 22 Feb 2019 Science/Business
  4 – 8 March 2019 Science
  1 – 5 April 2019 IT
  6 – 17 May 2019 Health & Social Care
  3 – 14 June 2019 All sectors
  8 – 19 July 2019 All sectors
  15 – 19 July 2019 All sectors

Host a Camden student

Key Stage 4: 14-15 year olds studying GCSEs

 Dates Sector
  13 – 24 May 2019 General
  1 – 12 July 2019 General

Key Stage 5: Post-16 year olds

 Dates Sector
  26 Nov – 7 Dec 2018 Health & Social Care/Art & Design/Business
  21 Jan – 1 Feb 2019 Science
  28 Jan – 1 Feb 2019 Art & Design/Health & Social Care
  4 – 15 March 2019 Science
  11 – 22 March 2019 Creative & Media
  21 Jan – 01 Feb 2019 Business
  04 – 14 Feb 2019 Business
  18 – 29 March 2018 Business
  11 March – 22 March 2019 Business
  18 – 29 March 2019 Science
  19 March – 05 April 2019 Science
  18 March – 5 April 2019 Health & Social Care
  03 – 14 June 2019 Science

Host an Islington student

Key Stage 5: Post-16 year olds

 Dates Sector
  29 Oct – 2 Nov 2018 Forensic Science
  26 – 30 Nov 2018 Engineering
  3 – 7 Dec 2018 Engineering
  14 – 18 Jan 2019 Applied Science
  21 – 25 Jan 2019 Health & Medical Science
  28 Jan – 1 Feb 2019 Professional Services/Accounting
  2 – 8 Feb 2019 Engineering
  11 – 15 Feb 2019 Sports Science
  18 – 26 Feb 2019 Forensic Science
  18 – 26 Feb 2019 General (English as a Second Language students)
  25 Feb – 1 March 2019 Medical Science
  18 – 22 March 2019 Animal Science
  1 – 5 April 2019 Engineering
  22 – 26 April 2019 Forensic Science
  29 April – 3 May 2019 Engineering
  13 – 17 May 2019 Applied Science
  6 – 10 May 2019 Engineering
  13 – 17 May 2019 Forensic Science
  20 – 24 May 2019 Animal Science
  20 – 24 May 2019 Forensic Science
  10 – 14 June 2019 Medical Sciences
  11 – 15 June 2019 All sectors
  11 – 15 June 2019 Science BTEC

 

If you’d like to find out more about offering work experience, please contact us.

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