Supporting organisations

Once you're ready to provide an inspiring work placement for your chosen target group, there are many organisations nationwide of various sizes that can help put you in touch with young people and provide support depending on your target group or sector.

The fragmented nature of the market means you will need to do some research to find ones that are right, and can deliver for your business, the links below will give you a sample of the main types of supporting organisation.

By target groups

Mainstream general education 14-18 year olds

  • Local Education Business Partnerships
    These operate on either a regional basis or on a town/city level. There is no central site to find the one relevant for a specific area, so the best way to find the match for you is to search on the internet for  “your area/town EBP”.
    EBPs work with schools and educational establishments to provide support for business wishing to work with schools and offer opportunities

  • Direct Approach to a Local School
    Ensure that when you make contact you are able to describe what your programme would look like and the opportunities for the young people.

  • Direct Approach to a Local College
    Ensure that when you make contact you are able to describe what your programme would look like and the opportunities for the young people.

  • Targeted approach through websites aimed at providing information and careers advice for young people, such as:

  • Targeted Social Media Campaign
    Using avenues such as twitter and Facebook is often a very effective way to reach out to your audience.

  • Business in the Community's Business Class
    If your company is a member of BITC and a part of the Business Class programme, please contact your Business Class manager

University students

Young unemployed people - 16-24 year olds

  • Contact your local Job Centre Plus office
    Speak to the "Employer Advisor" who will be able to support you find the right candidates and promote the opportunity to Job Seekers.
    Work experience will give young unemployed people:

    • An experience of the working environment sometimes for the first time

    • A chance to gain experience to add to their CV

    • A reference

    • An opportunity to 'try' a sector

    • An opportunity to allow young people to get into a working routine

Young people with multiple barriers to work

By sector

Sector organisations and initiatives

There are many small local organisations in your area and sector who can help you design and deliver your programme.  Here is just a sample to help you find the one that is right for your business.


Food engineering:

Food manufacturing

Skills councils

Sector Skills Councils can advise companies on geographical or sector specific initiatives and brokers like Sector Based Work Academies or National Skills centres.

See the links below for links to your relevant Sector Skills councils:

Improve, Food & Drink Skills Council
Food and Drink Manufacturing and Associated Supply Chains

Construction Skills

Skills for Health
UK Health

Asset Skills
Facilities Management, Housing, Property, Cleaning and Parking

Financial Skills Partnership
Finance, Accountancy and Financial Services

Skills for Care and Development
Social Care, Children, Early Years and Young People's Workforces in the UK

Cogent, Skills for science based industries
Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Nuclear, Oil and Gas, Petroleum and Polymer Industries

Institute of the motor industry
Retail Motor Industry

Creative Skills Set
TV, Film, Radio, Interactive Media, Animation, Computer Games, Facilities, Photo Imaging, Publishing, Advertising and Fashion and Textiles

Creative and Cultural Skills
Craft, Cultural Heritage, Design, Literature, Music, Performing, and Visual Arts

Land Management and Production, Animal Health and Welfare and Environmental Industries

Skills for Justice
Community Justice, Courts Services, Custodial Care, Fire and Rescue, Forensic Science, Policing and Law Enforcement and Prosecution Services

Software, Internet and Web, IT Services, Telecommunications and Business Change

People 1st 
Hospitality, Leisure, Passenger Transport, Travel and Tourism

Skills for Logistics
Freight Logistics and Wholesaling Industry

Energy & Utility Skills
Gas, Power, Waste Management and Water Industries

Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies

Summit Skills
Building Services Engineering

Skills Active, Shaping skills for the Future
Sport, Fitness, Outdoors, Playwork, Caravans and Hair and Beauty