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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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.