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Free programme for schools and colleges

We provide your students with self-directed online learning; employability and skills masterclasses; talks from industry volunteers; mentoring; business challenge sessions; and access to work experience, internships and entry-level jobs.


Start your students off with an INSIGHT FROM INDUSTRY session with one of our many Industry volunteers either in person or virtual.

Then deep dive with our EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS WORKSHOPS again facilitated by our Industry volunteers on topics such as problem-solving, Teamwork, Interview and Presentation skills and Personal Development.


Join our virtual MASTERCLASSES to hear from businesses recruiting young people into Early Career Roles and Apprenticeship opportunities.

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Access free resources on our Student Zone to support your teaching and to provide students with self-directed online learning. Much of our online content has been provided by senior business leaders and includes free lesson plans for educators.

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Access diversity and inclusion training and take part in business created challenges to help students apply their skills to the world of work.

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Gain access to work experience, internships, apprenticeships and entry level jobs. Time spent in a workplace really helps students to better understand the world of work. We encourage all our industry partners to consider the opportunities they can offer students from our partner schools and colleges.

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Support to transition from education to work, guidance on career options and support into first role.

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Our 5-step Career Pathways Programme

  1. STEP 1: Understanding your options and upping your skills
  2. STEP 2: Knowledge Bank
  3. STEP 3: Building leadership and team skills and applying them to work
  4. STEP 4: Options and opportunities post education
  5. STEP 5: Access to mentors (18+ years)

What we do

We help young people go from 'Learner to Earner'

Working Options in Education helps young people fulfil their potential by developing employability and life skills. Our Career Pathways Programme, delivered with schools and colleges in England and Wales, supports young people facing additional challenges caused by the pandemic.

Our free programme includes self-directed online learning; employability and skills masterclasses; talks from industry volunteers; mentoring; business challenges; and access to opportunities in partner companies.

Since 2010, we have worked to transform the life chances of over 20,000 young people (14-19), by helping them take early control of their education or career journey, when the choices they make will shape their future.



Success stories

Our Funders Our Impact

How we help

  1. Improving employability

    We’ve developed our employability and life skills programme to offer young people multiple interactions with employers,because we know there is a direct correlation to improved academic attainment and future employability. The widening opportunity gap in employment prospects means that we particularly focus on engaging disadvantaged young people.

  2. Building confidence

    We want young people to feel inspired, informed and have the skills they need for their future. Young people consistently tell us that participating in our employability and life skills programme has a positive impact on their self-esteem and confidence.

  3. Supporting education

    Our Career Pathways Programme supports schools and colleges to deliver many of the employer engagement elements of the ‘Gatsby Benchmarks’ for their students.

  4. Connecting industry

    We act as a link between students and employers. We’ve developed strong links with companies in multiple industry sectors.

How to get your school or college involved

  1. Check out what we can offer your students

  2. Email Claire McMaster claire.mcmaster@workingoptions.org.uk or use the form below.

  3. We’ll be in touch to get things rolling.

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