atgATG ( Ambassadors Theatre Group) offers regular opportunities for young people and students to gain experience of working life in the commercial theatre sector. The precise nature of Work Experience Programmes varies from venue to venue. To register your interest with the venue you’re interested in visit the Work Experience page for your theatre. Working backstage in a theatre can be really exciting. Starting as a stage crew member is an excellent way to learn the ropes and to discover if this kind of work is for you. Doing general crew work will bring you into contact with stage management, technical stage management, flying, electrics (LX) and sound, and will enable you to learn more about any fo the above if you are willing and interested.Contact your local theatre and ask to speak to the Technical Stage Manager oif you are interested in gaining some experience backstage.

There are plenty of other jobs available in theatre.These range from Marketing, Press, Development (fundraising), Education/Learning (community work), Box Office, Theatre Management, Finance and Administration.These are often areas you can experience through a work placement, so contacting your local venue and explaining what you are interested in is often the best idea.

 bbcThe BBC offers work experience in 3 areas: International News, Vision and BBC Sport.



Channel 4Channel 4 run an inspiration week and an inspiration day. They are aimed at giving young people an all-round view of the industry, helping you to understand different roles within the media. It's about inspiring people by showcasing the skills, experiences and attitudes you need to progress - as well as innovative ways to focus and strengthen your own career prospects. They cover areas such as acting and presenting, journalism, new media, theatre, producing and directing and advertising in the media.

4talent4 Talent holds pop up events across the UK. These are workshops designed to promote careers within the media industry and identify hidden and/or unknown talent. At the Pop Up not only will you learn new skills in TV production, digital marketing and journalism, you'll get to meet a load of people currently working in the industry and at Channel 4, a brilliant opportunity to get practical advice and contacts to kick start your career. Those who create winning projects or are identified as a rising star will be invited to come and spend a day at C4HQ in London. 

In addition channel 4 (4 Talent) provide 1 weeks work experience. This is your opportunity to understand more about the insides of the Channel and gain hands on experience working with one of their teams. This is open to absolutely anyone who wants to break into the industry – you do not need to have attended a 4Talent event previously.

Dennis PublishingDennis is one of the worlds leading indpendent publishers, publishing over 70 magazines, including Viz, Mens Fitness, Auto Express and PC Pro. They offer up to two weeks unpaid work experience across a number of their brands and central services a number of times per year. You will need to contact the Department Head or Editor of the individual brands or departments directly as it depends on their schedule as to whether they can accomodate you. You will need to send a Cv and covering letter. You will be given the chance to shadow the team and in some cases may be able to get involved in writing, designing, accounts work, promotional events or campaigns. Its a great opportunity to see a creative environment at work. 

 mandcaatchiM&C Saatchi Group consists of specialist communications agencies in advertising, customer communications, mobile, PR, research & insight, social marketing, sponsorship and celebrity talent management.

They run a work placement scheme which offers a couple of weeks work experience in account management or strategy some time from Easter onwards. Apply January. It's open to all (GCSE students up). 

Penguin BooksPenguin Random House offers 2 week work experience programmes in most of their departments namely, editorial, design, contracts, production, marketing, HR, publicity, rights, finance. During this time you will support a team through various tasks. These could include: general office duties, taking enquiries from internal and external clients, assisting with projects, attending meetings and responding to readers’ letters and emails. You need to be over 18 years old.

pressassociationPress Association (PA) is the national news agency for the UK and Ireland and a leading multi-media content provider across web, mobile, broadcast and print. For the last 145 years PA has been providing fast, accurate feeds of text, data, photos and video.

For over a century generations of great journalists have started their careers at the Press Association and today they still give many people their first taste of life in the media through their work experience scheme.

As you would expect places are limited but every year a number of would-be journalists or students interested in a career in the media spend some time in their multimedia newsrooms and other departments, learning how PA tells stories in words, pictures and video. They are based in East Yorkshire. The scheme is usually 1 week. You need to Contact Tracey Linzell and tell them why you should be offered a placement.

skySky offers a range of work experience placements, which are highly competitive and you need to apply early. They could be in Sky sport news, broadcast operations, marketing, sky creative, sky arts, sky news, sky living, technology or corporate. Some are aimed specifically at black, Asian or ethnic minority students.


The GuardianThe Guardianoffers a limited number of short editorial experience opportunities throughout the year to those dedicated to a career in journalism. These placements at the Guardian and Observer are unpaid, voluntary and range in duration from a few days to a maximum of two weeks. To be considered for a placement you must be at least 18, an EEA resident with the right to work or train in the UK and able to demonstrate a genuine passion for journalism – for example, serious involvement in student journalism, substantial work experience on local/specialist media, or an impressive personal website or blog.

GNM also hosts Insight into Journalism days for people over 18 who are exploring whether to pursue a career in this field.

This is for people over 18 years old, who are interested in journalism including A-level students, and undergraduates. The Guardian and Observer Groups also run a series of workshops. The workshops are free of charge and run from 10.00am - 2.30pm and they can accommodate up to 30 pupils, most are normally 16 however. They are only open to school groups not individuals and are normally booked by teachers. They run every day, but need to be booked up to a year in advance. 

The workshops include:

Making a newspaper front page (Key stage 3, 4 & 5): You will report the news as it happens and encounter the real-life experience of making a newspaper front page. You will research, write and edit news stories, create headlines and select and caption pictures. You will learn how editorial decisions are reached, and how the news is made.

Editorial teams (Key stage 4 & 5): Maximum of 16 pupils. You will work in groups to research, write and produce a four-page newspaper. In the morning you will take on various reporting roles and in the afternoon, edit the paper.

Podcasting (Key stage 3, 4 & 5). Maximum of 16 pupils. You will gain an insight into what it is like to be both a reporter and audio journalist at the Guardian. You will work in pairs to research, write and produce a short news podcast about life on a national newspaper and that day's news.

Video editing (Key stage 3, 4 & 5.) Maximum of 16 pupils. You will gain an insight into what it is like to be a video editor/producer at the Guardian. You work in pairs editing and creating a film using rushes from the Guardian's Katine project in Uganda. You can produce, for example, a film on village life, schools or football or a film that captures an overview of life in Katine.

New feature writing (Key Stage 5). Maximum of 16 students. This is aimed specifically at English Language A-level students. You will work individually to research, plan and write a G2 style feature based on the current news agenda. You will learn how to develop ideas for features, as well as how to structure stories. You will complete all the key elements that make up a feature to produce a professional looking page.

Science and the environment in the news ( Key stage 3, 4 & 5.) You will create the front page of a science paper by researching and reporting the latest news of the science world. Areas covered will include medicine, technology, space, inventions as well as global warming, pollution, waste and recycling, transport, energy and conservation.

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cambridgeCambridge University Press offer an intensive week of work experience for Year 10 students from their partner schools in Cambridge. 



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