The award-winning Social Mobility Business Partnership is running multiple Work Insight & Skills Programmes for students in Year 12/13 (England and Wales), Year 13/14 (Northern Ireland) and S5/S6 (Scotland).

The programme will provide you with the opportunity to spend time with four different high-profile organisations where you will learn about their business, the career routes available to you and develop key skills by getting involved in interactive business-like tasks. Last but not least, you will also spend a day with a professional sports club learning about the psychology of resilience, coping mechanisms and goal achievement models.

Our Work Insight & Skills Programmes run for a full week giving you the opportunity to develop key skills employers look for when recruiting, learn from some of our 170+ business partners based across the UK and boost your confidence and motivation. Watch the video below to see what you can expect from the week!

When do the programmes take place?

Our programmes take place at the following locations on the dates specified. Please note if you do not live within a commutable distance from one of our locations or are not available to attend you can apply to our National Online Week which is hosted live online by a different business partner each day.

Dates

Programme Location

24th – 28th October 2022 Birmingham

Dorset (Skills Development Focus)

Rugby & Coventry

10th – 14th April 2023 National Online Week (all of UK)
Summer 2023, exact dates TBC Glasgow

North East England*

Cambridge (Creative Industry Focus)

Bradford

Brighton

Bristol

Cardiff (Public Sector Focus)

Leeds

Norwich

North West England†

Reading

*Days delivered in Sunderland area
†Days delivered in Blackpool and Manchester area

Register your interest in our 2023 programmes here.

Important Information for Students

  • Attendance on all five days of a Programme is compulsory
  • Travel arrangements for students to attend a Programme will be arranged and paid for by SMBP in advance.
  • Lunch will be provided for students on each day of a Programme (excluding days that are hosted online)

Who can apply?

If you live in England or Wales:

Students applying must: 
  1. Be in Year 12 or Year 13; and 
  2. Have attended a state-funded, non fee-paying school/college. 
We prioritise places to students who: 
  • Have an average GCSE score of 5.5 or above; and 
  • Are first generation* to attend university in their family; or
    Have been eligible for free school meals in the last 6 years; or
    Are from a low-income household.** 

*First generation means that neither of your parents have been to university and got a degree. You count as being first generation to go to university even if the following people have gone to university: your foster parents, your care workers, your brother or sister, your biological parents (if you’re adopted), or a parent with whom you’ve had no contact during your secondary and post- 16 education.  

**a low-income household is defined as such if the total household income is less than the areas average household expenditure. The table below details the average household expenditure by area: 

Region  Average Weekly Household Expenditure  Average Yearly Household Expenditure 
North East England  £544  £28,300 
North West England  £578  £30,040 
Yorkshire and the Humber  £578  £30,035 
East Midlands  £618  £32,138 
West Midlands  £572  £29,768 
East England  £662  £34,444 
London  £766  £39,852 
South East England  £761  £39,597 
South West England  £672  £34,949 
Wales  £559  £29,077 

If you live in Scotland:

Students applying must: 
  1. Be in S5 or S6; and 
  2. Have attended a state-funded, non fee-paying school/college. 
We prioritise places to students who: 
  • Have achieved, or be on course to achieve a minimum of BBB by end of S5, including English and Mathematics; and 
  • Are first generation* to attend university in their family; or
    Have been eligible for free school meals in the last 6 years; or
    Are from a low-income household** 

*First generation means that neither of your parents have been to university and got a degree. You count as being first generation to go to university even if the following people have gone to university: your foster parents, your care workers, your brother or sister, your biological parents (if you’re adopted), or a parent with whom you’ve had no contact during your secondary and post- 16 education. 

**a low-income household is defined as such if the total household income is less than the areas average household expenditure. The table below details the average household expenditure by area: 

Region  Average Weekly Household Expenditure  Average Yearly Household Expenditure 
Scotland  £559  £29,043 

If you live in Northern Ireland:

Students applying must: 
  1. Be in Year 13 or Year 14; and 
  2. Have attended a state-funded, non fee-paying school/college.
We prioritise places to students who: 
  • Have 5 GCSEs grades A-C including English and Mathematics; and 
  • Are first generation* to attend university in their family; or
    Have been eligible for free school meals in the last 6 years; or
    Are from a low-income household** 

*First generation means that neither of your parents have been to university and got a degree. You count as being first generation to go to university even if the following people have gone to university: your foster parents, your care workers, your brother or sister, your biological parents (if you’re adopted), or a parent with whom you’ve had no contact during your secondary and post- 16 education. 

**a low-income household is defined as such if the total household income is less than the areas average household expenditure. The table below details the average household expenditure by area: 

Region  Average Weekly Household Expenditure  Average Yearly Household Expenditure 
Northern Ireland  £530  £27,569 

How do I apply?

Applications are still open for our October 2023 programmes.

Applications for our 2023 programmes are not yet open. You can register your interest in these programmes here.

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