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Free resources for schools and colleges

We provide your students with multiple opportunities to interact with employers, including expert insight from industry, skills workshops, online content work experience and placements through our strong relationships with industry.


Kick-off your partnership with us, by booking one of our free Insights from Industry sessions (50 students minimum). We understand the pressures you’re facing, so we do all the organising for you. We provide up to three speakers from industry who share their career stories to inspire and motivate your students. We can also deliver sessions online via Zoom and MS Teams.

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Our free active learning workshops are facilitated by industry volunteers who bring them to life with real-world examples. We cover the four key skills employers are after – interviews, presentation, team-working and problem-solving. We also deliver these workshops online.

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Our Student Zone provides resources covering a wide range of life and employability skills and career profiles. Free to access, it’s a great resource for student and teachers. Includes free lesson plans for educators.

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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.

How we support schools and colleges

  1. Insights from Industry sessions
  2. Employability and life skills workshops
  3. Student Zone – free resources
  4. Workplace visits, work experience and placements

What we do

We help young people fulfil their potential

Working Options in Education is an employability and life skills charity that has been helping young people to aim high and fulfil their potential since 2010. We’ve partnered with over 150 schools and colleges, inspiring more than 20,000 14-19-year-olds.

Our Career Pathways programme is delivered free in state schools, colleges and online by industry volunteers and helps students (aged 14-19) to identify and pursue their career options. Through practical help and advice, they build their skills, and become confident to face their future with choices. Our programme is designed to benefit all young people, but we prioritise those from the most disadvantaged regions of the country.

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Success stories

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 employability and life skills 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. Contact Lauren Monk on
    07944 443073, lauren.monk@workingoptions.org.uk or use the form below.

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

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