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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
  22 April – 24 May 2019 All sectors (Tailored to special educational needs)
 13 – 24 May 2019  All sectors
 27 – 31 May 2019  All sectors
  1 – 12 July 2019  All sectors
  8 – 12 July 2019  All sectors
  Any one week between 24 July – 30 August 2019  All sectors
  21 Oct – 25 Oct 2019  All sectors

Host a Key Stage 5 student (post-16)

Dates Sector
  1 – 5 April 2019  IT
  1 – 5 April 2019  Engineering
  8 – 12 April 2019  Health & Social Care
  15 – 19 April 2019  Health & Social Care
  22 – 26 April 2019  Forensic Science
  29 April – 3 May 2019  Engineering/Applied Science
  6 – 10 May 2019  Engineering/Forensic Science
  7 – 10 May 2019  Science
  6 – 17 May 2019  Health & Social Care
  13 – 17 May 2019  Applied Science
  20 May – 28 June 2019  Childcare
  20 – 24 May 2019  Animal Science/Medical Science
  20 – 24 May 2019  Forensic Science
 27 – 31 May 2019  All sectors
  3 – 14 June 2019  Science
  3 – 7 June 2019  Engineering
  3 – 7 June 2019  All sectors
  10 – 14 June 2019  Medical Sciences
  8 – 19 July 2019  All sectors
  15 – 19 July 2019  All sectors
  Any one week between 24 July – 30 August 2019  All sectors
  21 Oct – 25 Oct 2019  All sectors


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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