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.

2022 Dates Programme Location
11th – 15th April National Online Week (all of UK)
20th – 24th June Glasgow
4th – 8th July Belfast
11th – 15th July North East England*
18th – 22nd July Cambridge (Creative Industry Focus)
25th – 29th July Bradford

Brighton

Bristol

Cardiff (Public Sector Focus)

Leeds

Norwich

North West England†

Reading

1st – 5th August London
24th – 28th October Birmingham

Dorset (Skills Development Focus)

Rugby & Coventry

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

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; and
  3. Have an average GCSE score of 5.5 or above; and
  4. Be first generation to attend university in their family; or
    Have been eligible for free school meals in the last 6 years; or
    Be from a low-income household*

*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
North East England £499.30
North West England £530.00
Yorkshire and the Humber £529.90
East Midlands £567.00
West Midlands £525.20
East England £607.70
London £703.10
South East England £698.60
South West England £616.60
Wales £513.00

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; and
  3. Have achieved, or be on course to achieve a minimum of BBB by end of S5, including English and Mathematics; and
  4. Be first generation to attend university in their family; or
    Have been eligible for free school meals in the last 6 years; or
    Be from a low-income household*

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

Region Average Weekly Household Expenditure
Scotland £512.40

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; and
  3. Have 5 GCSEs grades A-C including English and Mathematics; and
  4. Be first generation to attend university in their family; or
    Have been eligible for free school meals in the last 6 years; or
    Be from a low-income household*

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

Region Average Weekly Household Expenditure
Northern Ireland £486.40

How do I apply?

Following your application, a member of the SMBP team will get in touch to confirm your application and confirm the next steps.

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