Work Experience For All Campaign

Work Experience For All

Every young person deserves access to quality work experience regardless of their background or where they live.

But not everyone has that chance. Scroll down to find out more...

What is this campaign about?

Speakers for Schools believe every young person in the UK should have the right to high-quality work experience regardless of their starting point in life or geographical location.

We are calling on all political parties to make work experience universal and ensure that every young person in the UK completes at least one work experience placement by the age of 16 and at least one work experience placement between the ages of 16-18.

Welcome to the Work Experience for All campaign!

Discover our latest reports

Our Work Experience For All campaign is robustly underpinned by commissioned research, that clearly shows the positive impact of work experience on the future of young people.


Work Experience For All

Report 1:

Work Experience For All

In partnership with YouGov

International Work Experience Practices

Report 2:

International Work Experience Practices

In partnership with SQW

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Why is work experience so important?

For each additional work experience, young people benefit from a 3.4% wage increase. This equates to an additional £1,088 per year†

Independently educated students were x2 as likely to do multiple work experiences compared to state-educated young people.

Only 1/3 of teenagers could recall doing any work experience between the ages of 16-18, while only half (50%) of 14–16-year-olds could.

† Based on the average salary from the sample, which stands at £32,000

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To find out more about the work experience placements currently available to young people, visit our dedicated Work Experience page and discover opportunities with the NHS, Santander, Boots and many more.


For more information or to find out about supporting our Work Experience For All campaign, please contact us

The latest from the campaign


Introducing our latest campaign investigating transformational change on a national level.

What would it take for every young person across the country to access quality work experience? The first phase of our ground breaking Work Experience for All campaign will ensure that policymakers, employers and educators can contribute to an open discussion about the role work experience should play in future careers education. In the next few months, […]


Shining a light on work experience and its importance to state educated young people in the UK.

Read on to get exclusive access to our second campaign report On Monday 5th December Speakers for Schools founder Robert Peston spoke to Radio 4’s Today Programme to discuss our Work Experience For All campaign. And Robert is by no means the only member of the charity to feel passionate about this exciting and potentially ground-breaking campaign. Let us […]