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Calling state school students who are:
Our charity allows you to apply for placements with UK's leading employers for a work experience that gives you a glimpse into how these companies work and helps you gain professional skills for your future.
We also include guidance on submitting your application as well as top-tips on how to make the most of the placement if selected.
Can I apply?
Employers have varying requirements, but S4SNextGen is for students who are:
Employers run placements over half-term breaks and in the summer but you can register with us at any point-- and it's free. Sign-up and start looking today!
How does it work? See the step-by-step process below...
“It was amazing to see what I learn at college being applied to real life. This gave me an insight to the industry and I can now apply these skills in the future.“
Saibha, Work Experience Student
REGISTER FOR S4SNEXTGEN
State school students 14-18 years can register to apply for placements.
SEARCH FOR NEARBY OPPORTUNITIES
Our simple search tool lets you look at opportunities in your area and search by opportunity type, even those outside of your dates in case you are flexible. All placements can help you learn transferable skills and valuable insights for your future career.
TEACHER APPROVAL NEEDED!
Before applying to anything, you will need the registered teacher to approve your account and answer a few questions about you before you eventually submit an application. Teacher approvals happen a few ways so please see our FAQs.
INVITED FOR PLACEMENT (OR INTERVIEW)
You will get an email if your application is successful or if they offer an interview. In both cases your teacher will be put in touch with the employer to organise the placement (we cannot give your contact details to the employer for safeguarding reasons).
EMPLOYERS REVIEW APPLICATIONS
Once the teacher submits the application it goes straight to the employers so they can review and decide who is the best candidate for the placement. They try to do this a few weeks before the placement but timelines vary.
If you are not offered the place you were after, you are welcome to apply for other opportunities.
APPLY FOR PLACEMENTS
We ask a few simple and general questions to understand more about your interests and motivations for applying. Employers are interested in students who are willing to learn and enthusiastic, so grades and previous interest are not a factor.
EMPLOYER & TEACHER FINALISE LOGISTICS
At this stage your teacher and the employer will liaise to confirm the details such as timings and make sure all the relevant safety checks are in place. You will also need to make sure you have appropriate parental consent to attend the placement.
ATTEND THE PLACEMENT
The day has arrived - time to attend the placement. It is really important you make the most out of your time with the employer so we will make sure we send you a full checklist of things to think about to prepare in advance and think about whilst you are doing the placement.
FEEDBACK ON PLACEMENT
Feeding back to the employer will encourage them to offer more placements and also helps you to reflect on the experience and what your next steps are. They also give students helpful feedback on their strengths and advice for the future.
Ameerah after her experience at HSBC
S4SNextGen is managed by UK education charity Speakers for Schools. Established in 2011, the charity aims to help level the playing field for state school and college students by improving access to leading figures of all industries and backgrounds to engage and inspire them in their ambitions via free school talks and opportunities. To find out more visit www.speakers4schools.org.
Speakers for Schools is a registered charity in England and Wales (no 1150411) and Scotland (SC046568).
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As an advertising portal and free programme, all participants must agree to a basic set of terms to help us ensure quality placements, proper safeguarding and required monitoring that keeps the service free to our schools and students. You are agreeing to the below by registering.
S4SNextGen is a new special service to help leading employers better offer their work experience placements to the state schools and students that need these opportunities the most. As an advertising portal and free programme, all participants must agree to a basic set of terms to help us ensure the quality, safety and continued free access to our content and placements.
For employers the participation agreement includes:
Thank you for your interest in our new programme S4SNextGen. This is a platform to help state school students access work experience placements and opportunities with leading companies from all sectors to get their first taste of the world of work. It especially focuses on students who don’t have access to quality placements through their school, parental or other networks.
Before proceeding to the registration page, please ensure…