Category: Experience

  • Placement Spotlight – A day in the life of Spotify

    Leading digital platforms such as Spotify, despite their global popularity and innovative technology, may still be seen as difficult employers to access by many young people. Many students see only traditional paths into the music and audio industry, which allows for a restricted number of opportunities. Speakers for Schools wants to change this, so we […]

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  • Placement Spotlight – A week working in the wild with the National Trust

    One of the biggest challenges for diversity and inclusion teams is how to reach new and diverse talent at the start of their careers. How do you encourage a student who’s never heard of your industry, let alone your organisation, to consider a career with you? We helped the National Trust to reach a broader […]

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  • Work Experience Inspiration for Every Employer

    Work experience can seem like a daunting task, one that may require a lot of planning and tearing hair out to make sure every second of a student’s day is accounted for. To take the pain out of planning your placements, the Experience Team have compiled their favourite examples of activities our employers have told […]

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  • Spotlight on Creative Careers – A week with creative agency M&C Saatchi

    As a delivery partner for the Creative Careers programme, S4SNextGen is working with over thirty creative employers to demystify the creative industries through work placements and insight days. Here we share what leading creative agency M&C Saatchi did during their work experience week this October. Students are often not aware of the full breadth of […]

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  • Solving Common Misconceptions around Work Experience

    Hosting work experience students can benefit organisations in many ways – helping to diversify their workforces, feeding into their early talent pipelines and building links with communities, but there are often roadblocks along the way. We solve some of the questions we’re often asked to help you get the most from work experience and insight […]

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  • An Autumn update from S4SNextGen

    Autumn 2019 is one of the most exciting terms yet for S4SNextGen. Speakers for Schools and S4SNextGen welcomed our new chief executive, Jason Elsom, early in the new academic year. Jason joins with a wealth of experience, having held leadership roles in education and technology, and brings his innovative ideas and enthusiasm to the Speakers […]

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  • Visual Effects from the inside: school talk & work experience with Industrial Light & Magic

    Last month, Industrial Light & Magic participated in Speakers for Schools’ Speaker Programme and S4SNextGen Work Experience Programme. First, year 9 and 10 students at Thomas Tallis School had the opportunity to hear from one of the Visual Effects industry’s top figures, Louise Hussey. A few weeks later, ILM hosted their first S4SNextGen work experience […]

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  • Demystify Creative and you’ll access Diversity

    To make better informed decisions and have more options for their futures, students need to know more. They might think that their skills or talents only link to one career – that an interest in the theatre can only lead to acting or that a love of literature only gives the option to become an […]

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  • Penguin Random House gives S4SNextGen students a taste of the world of publishing

    World-leading publishers Penguin Random House welcomed eight sixth form students to their Strand offices in August for a week of industry insights and practical experience. The students spent the week with different staff and departments, including publicity, marketing and editorial and learned more about the publishing process. One said, “I didn’t realise how many sectors there […]

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  • 1,500 S4SNextGen student placements and counting!

    We’re very proud to announce that we’ve now had over 1,500 students take place in S4SNextGen placements. That’s over 30,000 hours of work experience at top employers across the UK. From Portsmouth to Edinburgh and Bristol to Bury St Edmunds, students have been taking valuable placements in sectors including Creative, Law, Finance, STEM, Automotive and Professional Services. […]

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