Case Studies

We’re in a perfect storm. On one side of the skills story we have companies screaming out for talent and telling us they value work experience over university qualifications. On the other, the percentage of students accessing quality work experience is dismally low and disproportionately made up of young people from wealthier families.

Despite the challenges of improving youth employability, there are businesses and companies and all sizes in the UK doing their bit to prepare young people for the world of work.

The following case studies represent a range of work experience placements that businesses up and down the UK are offering and demonstrates what meaningful placements look like. If you're interested to have your company included, please email marketing@founders4schools.org.uk for more information. Thanks!

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SAGGEZZA SUPPORTS THE EARLIEST PILOTS OF T LEVELS BY OFFERING WORK EXPERIENCE AS PART OF THE NEW-STYLE COURSE.

Saggezza, a Sunderland-based IT consultancy, has created a programme in the HR department to support Rahat’s T-Level studies

TREND BIBLE. “WHEN YOU ARE ALL IN TEARS ON THE LAST DAY OF THE PLACEMENT, YOU KNOW YOU HAVE DONE SOMETHING RIGHT!”

Trend Bible, a Newcastle-based consultancy predicting future trends to help top brands stay ahead, knows the value of great work experience..

SAGGEZZA ENCOURAGES YOUNG WOMEN INTO IT WITH A MEANINGFUL WORK EXPERIENCE PLACEMENT.

Saggezza, whose name means wisdom or insight, created a bespoke programme to give Ellie an insight into successful IT consultancy

ICOOLKID: IT’S IN THE NAME! CREATING CONTENT FOR GEN Z

It’s all in the name! Read how teenage entrepreneur Jenk Oz showed future entrepreneurs how to start a successful Gen Z publishing and media house.

GENIUS FOODS: OFFERING HANDS-ON OPPORTUNITIES TO CREATE TASTY NEW FREE-FROM RECIPES

Developing a gluten-free bakery product with nutrition claims was the task for Food Science under-graduates, in this career-altering opportunity.

NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK: INVITING THE COMMUNITY FOR A LOOK INSIDE.

See how lucky students took on a planned 2-week work placement with Australia’s largest business bank and gained insights into future career options

BEACONHOUSE EVENTS: BUILDING EVENTS AND SKILLS AT THE SAME TIME

The Great North Run Pasta Party is just one of hundreds of fun events run by BeaconHouse. They offer ‘hands on’ work experience to help

Building a talent pipeline for the future

Reading based engineering business Bion understands how offering great experiences improves prospects – for them and their students.

In June 2018, Baltic Training offered work experience for eight students aged 14/15.

A key focus of Baltic’s apprenticeship strategy is addressing the gender imbalance in the tech industry.

ACCENTURE HAVE COMMITTED TO A 50:50 GENDER SPLIT BY 2025

Accenture offer work experience encounters at their Advanced Technology Centre in Newcastle through their work with schools, colleges and universities.

GEEK TALENT: SUPPORTING WORK EXPERIENCE HELPED SUNDERLAND- BASED TECH COMPANY TO TRIPLE THEIR HEADCOUNT AND GROW

Ed-tech company Geek Talent, offered local students age 16-18 an internship to build a prototype over 12 weeks in the summer of 2018.

MUCKLE LLP: LIFE IN A LAW FIRM

In a programme that’s been running for 7 years, Law Firm Muckle LLP offer week-long work experience during the October half term for 16-18-year-olds.

STERLING PHARMA SOLUTIONS: INSPIRING STUDENTS TO PURSUE A STEM CAREER.

Sterling Pharma Solutions offer a one-week work experience encounter every year in July, for 14-16 year olds.

Babylon staff discuss the value of work experience

Key team members at Babylon explain how work experience can be valuable for staff as well as students.

Meet Annabel, age 16 when participating in work experience at Rolls-Royce

Annabel Hibbert was 16 when she was accepted to do work experience at Rolls-Royce, Derby in 2014, a year before she started her apprenticeship there.

The ‘Rolls-Royce’ of Work Experience Programmes

Rolls-Royce are one of the largest providers of engineering work experience in the UK committed to showcasing just how exciting STEM subjects can be.

Jack - BT Work Ready - Tech Literacy - Work Placement, Suffolk

Meet Jack, age 17 who participated in BT's Work Ready Tech Literacy Placement Programme.

Charles - BT Work Ready - Tech Literacy - Work Placement, Lincoln

Meet Charles, age 22 who participated in BT's Work Ready Tech Literacy Placement Programme.

Sarah - BT Work Ready - Tech Literacy - Work Placement, Essex

Meet Sarah, age 20 who participated in BT's Work Ready Tech Literacy Placement Programme.

Amin - BT Work Ready - Tech Literacy - Work Placement, Leicester

Meet Amin, age 23 who participated in BT's Work Ready Tech Literacy Placement Programme.

Tom - BT Workready - Tech Literacy - Work Placement, Leicester

Meet Tom, age 20 who participated in BT's Work Ready Tech Literacy Placement Programme.

JP Morgan - Day in the Life of Junior Talent in Bournemouth

In the JP Morgan's seaside Bournemouth Corporate Center they run successful apprenticeship and graduate programmes across all sides of the business.

Enders Analysis Internship Scheme

The company found the internship programme gained enormous reward in hiring young professionals in terms of fresh perspective and knowledge.

60 Young people receive workplace visit at Printed.com

Sam McLoughlin, from Studio West and Catherine Boland, HR Manager at Printed.com organised 2 workplace visits for sixty 13-14 year olds.