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

Pupil forum

Our new Pupil Forum aims to bring insights from the young people we serve into our work to give all pupils a great education. It will kick-off with an online work experience placement in February where you’ll learn about Teach First, get to know key employees and gain valuable employability skills.

You’ll then take part in three Pupil Forum days spread over the Easter, summer half term and summer holidays. You’ll join workshops on key issues in education, take part in media and marketing activities and network with companies such as Goldman Sachs, Burberry and Rolls Royce.

Find out more

Apply now

February opportunities

Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group are a charity that aim to end child poverty in the UK. In this online placement you'll be working with the Cost of the School Day team to create content for their work in schools, or to be shared more widely, to engage young people in a conversation about poverty.

Teach First Digital Team

The Digital team is responsible for delivering a high standard of digital experience to support Teach First’s mission. We work closely with colleagues in Brand & Creative, Marketing and Technology, as well as other departments across the charity, to continually improve digital platforms and content.

In your online placement you’ll research and test our existing digital products (e.g. our website) and use your learnings to design mock-ups and prototypes for more user-friendly digital experiences. Throughout the week, you’ll learn about digital accessibility, user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) design principles and methods, and the digital product design cycle. 

Teach First Public Affairs Team

The Public Affairs team is vital in explaining Teach First's views on lots of different issues. We assist policymakers such as the government to create better policies for schools so that education can be fair for everyone.  During your online placement, you'll research and support the development of public affairs campaigns and create briefings across a range of policy areas to support the senior team's understanding of, and engagement with, government policy.

Find out more

Apply now

Deadline to apply is Monday 10 January 2022, 5.00pm

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 2022. Access Ashurst offers Year 12 students a two-week paid 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 2022 are now open, and the deadline to apply is 11.59 pm on Monday 17 January 2022.

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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Careers Leader

All young people deserve good career guidance for success beyond school. Our programme gives middle and senior leaders the careers expertise to deliver it.

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