Key Facts

Better work experience also benefits businesses by providing opportunities to engage and develop their future workforce, improve uptake of apprenticeships and drive employee engagement.

Top Tips for Delivery

Plan well and prepare the student.
Activities should be meaningful.
Provide the employer with support and top tips.
Allow plenty of time for reflection and follow-up.

Case Study

Work experience has made me understand what I need to do to get where I want to be.
A Level Student Little Heath School, Placement at a local solicitor’s office

The high points were being able to design my own building and to understand how to use CAD. It helped me develop my ICT skills, my confidence and communication skills. The placement introduced me to the world of work and gave me an insight into what it’s like to be an architect.
A Level Students The Willink School, Placement at a local architects office

Education Business Partnerships deliver a wide range of activities and are the leading providers of Work Experience. There are 80 Education Business Partnership organisations across the UK.

For more information see: EBP National

Work experience is a two-way street: both give something and both get something back. There are responsibilities on both sides to make it work. If it works, we have very positive experiences.
Jennifer Lee, HR Director, Jurys Inn

There are a number of useful guides to support employers run successful work experience programmes.
These include:

Link to Research
Mann. A (2012) Work experience: impact and delivery - Insights from Evidence; Education and Employers Taskforce 

Funded providers

Careers & Enterprise Fund 2016 grant recipients
Mentoring Fund grant recipients