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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 or 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:

  • Demonstrating corporate social responsibility
  • The chance to develop employees’ management and supervision skills
  • A raised profile and improved reputation in your local community
  • New perspectives and fresh ideas from young people
  • Access to potential future trainees or employees. Previous 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 for students travelling from North London boroughs.

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 Key Stage 4 student (14 - 15 year old)

 

Dates Sector
 27 January – 7 February 2020  All sectors
 2 March – 13 March 2020  All sectors
 16 March – 27 March 2020  All sectors
 22 June – 26 June 2020  All sectors
 29 June – 3 July 2020  All sectors
 29 June – 10 July 2020  All sectors
 6 July – 10 July 2020  All sectors

Host a Key Stage 5 student (post-16)

Dates Sector
 2 – 6 December 2019  Engineering and/or Science
 9 – 13 December 2019  Science
 6 – 31 January 2020  Childcare
 20 – 31 January 2020  Health & Social Care
  20 – 24 January 2020  Sports
  27 – 31 January 2020  Science
 3 – 7 February 2020  IT
 3 – 14 February 2020  Science and/or Business
 3 – 14 February 2020  Health & Social Care
 3 – 7 February 2020  Sports
 3 – 14 February 2020  Childcare
 10 – 24 February 2020  Tailored SEN
 10 – 14 February 2020  Creative
 10 – 14 February 2020  Science
 17 – 21 February 2020  Tailored
  24 February – 27 March 2020  Engineering
  2 – 6 March 2020  Science
  9 – 13 March 2020  Science
 16 – 17 March 2020  Science
 16 – 17 March 2020  Health and Social  Care
 23 – 27 March 2020  IT and Engineering
 30 – 3 March 2020  IT, Science, Health & Social Care

 

Host a paid placement

Could you host a flexible, paid placement for a young person aged 16 – 19?

City Talent is a paid work placements scheme for financially disadvantaged young people living or studying in Camden and Islington. The project aims to develop young people’s workplace skills and confidence through paid part-time work, with support from a mentor.

Placements can take place at any time in 2019, for a minimum of 70 hours (either as a block or long-term placement). Find out more about offering a paid placement.

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

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