• S4SNextGen links leading employers with

    state school students for great work experience

Taking Part » Employers

Taking part: Employers

Helping you inspire the next generation through high-impact work experience placements.

We believe that one of the best ways to improve social mobility, equal access and diversity is through opening up work experience at top organisations for state school students. However, we know that employers can find it difficult to offer placements, let alone making them high-impact. That's where we come in.

  • We work with industry leading employers that state school students struggle to access. Whether a small firm, cultural organisation or major multi-office corporate.
  • We support employers who have both no experience and existing work hosting school age students (14-18 years) with insights on what makes a difference.
  • We offer the tools to plan, programme and manage this process in a way that works for your business.
  • We help organisations source enthusiastic students who would not otherwise be able to access and make the most of these opportunities.

But don’t take our word for it: see our short highlight reel with employers and students.

Plus, our core programme is completely free. See below for programme options and employer requirements to take part, or get in touch direct to find out more.


How we can help

Even if you’re starting fresh and need help getting your programme off the ground, if you are looking to open up an already established programme or maximise your CSR impact, see how we help employers at varying stages:

Don't see your situation listed there? Every employer is different so if you definitely need help but aren't sure if it fits with our programme, get in touch. Chances are we can help.


They embraced the experience with total commitment and dedication and could easily have been mistaken for a Reed Smith employee given how well they worked within their teams."

- Carole, Responsible Business Coordinator EMEA, Reed Smith LLP

Costs and Requirements

Our core model is a free programme with a basic Participation Agreement to help ensure a quality, safeguarded and improving service for all who take part.

We strongly encourage employers to pay travel expenses within reason, as this can be a major barrier for students from low-income backgrounds.

Please note the following will be required to take part:

  1. Employers must have an Equal Opportunities policy and Data Protection policy that aligns with The Data Protection Act 1998
  2. Employers have carried out necessary conversations with insurers and managerial teams as required to meet liability and safeguarding requirements
  3. Provide feedback after placements and for students
  4. Willingness to share best-practice case studies and use the logo where agreed and appropriate to help in encouraging further organisations to take part.

There is guidance along the way if you are new to hosting students and running a work experience programme. Get in touch below to find out more about how we can help.

Register your interest as an employer

For information on how the platform works, see the step-by-step process below...



Registering for the platform is quick and simple.

Your organisation will need to be affiliated with a Speakers for Schools speaker and for safeguarding reasons we will need to confirm you are a staff member at your organisation.



A key part of S4SNextGen is the sharing of best practice to improve the quality of work experience across the industries.

We have collated a number of best practice resources and case studies that are available for the use of our registered users.



When you have reviewed the various best practice examples and decided on a model that will work best for you, you can post opportunities and ask questions specific to your organisation.

Our system is designed to allow flexibility that will suit employers and schools alike.



When you have been put in touch with the teacher you will need to talk to the teacher to confirm the logistics (timings, working hours, dress code, location etc).

S4SNextGen will provide a checklist of things to consider as well as guidance documents for HR and placement managers.



When you are ready to offer students the placement you can select that student within the system and will immediately be introduced to the student`s teacher.

Some employers prefer to interview students in advance, this is also possible at this stage.



When you are ready, you will be able to start reviewing applications via your employer dashboard which will help you review students that have both high need and enthusiasm. You can also click into each application to review their full applications before shortlisting students and/or inviting them for interviews and placements.



The teacher will also need to confirm that you have the relevant health & safety and safeguarding checks. This might include the teacher carrying out a risk asessment.

Again, we have a number of resources to help you prepare for this.



Just as we stress to students and schools the importance of full preparation for placements, we also ask employers to make sure the relevant personnel are properly briefed and everything is in place for a high quality placement. The S4SNextGen guidance can help you prepare for this and plan a full placement of worthwhile activities.



After the placement has taken place we encourage employers, students and schools to feedback on their experience. This helps to focus the student on next steps, encourages employers to offer more placements and helps S4SNextGen improve our service.