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Providing Work Experience

Work experience is an essential way for young people to get valuable insight into a job and make their first industry contacts.

Do you have a work experience programme?

Yes. We have our annual summer work experience programme that's open to our mentees and our Young Community members. We'll be opening our recruitment for placement providers in Spring 2023. To register your interest for offering a placement, fill out the form below.

What placements are you looking for?

In all types of creative and cultural organisations. We are especially looking for placements in fashion, TV/ film, music, theatre and games. Placements can take place onsite (in-person), online (fully remote), or hybrid (a mixture of online and onsite).

Where can the placements be?

You can offer an online placement anywhere in the UK. On-site placements should be in Manchester, Merseyside, Brighton and London only.

Who can offer work experience?

Freelancers, sole-traders and organisations can offer online placements. Only organisations with an office can offer on-site placements.

  • If you are a mentor, please check our Mentoring Work Experience FAQs for more information on what to expect.
  • If you a coach, we will need you to get in touch with our Community team who will best advise on the process via community@arts-emergency.org
  • If you are neither a mentor nor coach, please look out for our annual summer work experience programme.

How long does it run for?

Work experience runs for five working days. If you want to support a young person for longer than five days, they must be paid at the Living Wage for your area​.

Anything else I need to know?

You will find all the information you need on what's expected, top tips and important dates in our Summer Work Experience FAQs and in our Important Documents section below. We’ve worked with lots of different freelancers and organisations over the years including Time Out, BBC and Curtis Brown and are here to help!


What do you expect from all work experience providers?

  • to sign up to our Network if they have not done so already
  • to sign and adhere to our Code of Conduct
  • commit to providing a 5 day placement as a minimum. We ask that anything longer is paid at the Living Wage for your area.
  • fill out our risk assessment template that is relevant to the type of placement you're offering
  • read our safety guidance
  • have an informal interview with the young person before the placement begins

What are the additional expectations from hybrid and on-site work experience providers?

  • they must be located in or within commutable distance to London, Brighton, Manchester or Merseyside
  • they must provide expenses for up to £15 a day to cover lunch and travel
  • they must send us an up to date Employer's Liability Insurance certificate which covers the period the placement takes place

Important documents you’ll need:

Work experience guidance pack: Contains all the information you might need for running work experience.

Organisation code of conduct: You must read and agree to this code before you offer us a work placement.

On-site risk assessment template: A template for you to fill out and send to us if you are running an on-site or a hybrid placement.

Online risk assessment template: A template for you to fill out and send to us if you are running an online work experience placement.

Sign up to get notified when applications open!

Work Experience 2023 - Org Interest Form

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Freelancers, sole-traders and organisations can offer online placements. Only organisations with an office can offer on-site or hybrid (a mix of online and onsite) placements.
Data Protection
The information collected in this form will be used solely for the purpose of organising opportunities for our young people. It will only be shared in the context of giving young people, mentors and guardians information relevant to any activities, visits or placements that are confirmed, and we will always involve you in that process. You can read our full Privacy Policy on our website.
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