Youth Opportunities – Long-term Internship & Apprenticeship

Internships give valuable work experience and an insight into the company you are interested in working. Lots of big companies now offer summer internships to graduates and university students. Employment 4 students have compiled a list of the top internships for university students.

What can you do if you are not studying in university?

There are a number of charities and companies which now offer long-term internships for young people, 17 to 25-year-olds.

Listed below are three programmes that offer a tonne of work experience, opportunities to gain new transferable skills, learn about a new industry and a chance to make new friends and connections.

Want to work and gain a qualification at the same time?

Step Forward is a year-long apprenticeship scheme in London that connects motivated young people with top employers.  The scheme offers a  paid job with a quality employer for 12 months for young people, aged 17-20 in London. Run by leading national charity, The Challenge, the scheme is free for all young people.

They currently offer schemes in the following sectors: Accounting and Business, Early Years Education, Hospitality, IT and Software,  and Digital Marketing. Find more information on their website.

Want to become the next leader? Interested in politics and the environment?

UpRising offers both short 2 weeks and long-term internship programmes for 18 to 25-year-olds.

Fastlaners is an eight-day programme for 18-25-year-olds who are looking to kick start their career.  The programme is designed to build confidence and knowledge, introduce participants to a range of potential employers and develop the skills needed to get that dream job. Find more information on their website.

Uprising Leadership programmes last nine months and are part time. The programmes involve ‘access behind the scenes’ sessions with some of the UK’s most senior leaders. Find more information on their website.

Do you want to spend time in schools instead, helping and teaching children?

City Year UK challenges young people to tackle educational inequality through a year of full-time volunteering in schools.

By giving a year of your time and experience you’ll help create an environment where children from disadvantaged communities can enjoy school, feel confident and achieve their potential. It also helps build your own sense of leadership, developing skills in problem-solving, public speaking, decision-making and communication.

Volunteers are supported during the year with living expenses and training so that you can concentrate on your work. Find more information on their website.

Want to gain Work and Organisational experience?

Volunteer for TESYouth and gain work and organisational experience during your spare time!

We also offer various job opportunities, which will give you an edge when applying for the longer opportunities. To find more click here.


TESYouth 4th Anniversary

We are proud to announce our 4th Birthday! Four years ago TESYouth was launched to assist young people affected by unemployment, to receive the support and advice that they need. We have achieved this by supporting about 600 young people since our launch. It has been a great pleasure running workshops, work experience activities and building self-esteem for our future leaders and role models and this has inspired our plans and vision for the exciting years ahead.

We hope you have been inspired by our new E-learning courses launched this year and benefited from the variety of subjects available online to all ages.

In March and April TESYouth offered work experience to 18 to 25 year olds in Barnet, covering subjects such as; IT, PR, Research, Recruitment, Graphic and Web design and more. This was a great success and we hope to expand this to other areas in the near future.

Once again, we are so grateful for all your support,
which has encouraged us to build and develop our mission for TesYouth.


So please keep supporting us
as we continue to support young people by developing new and exciting opportunities.

Work experience Feedback

In March and April TESYouth offered Work experience to 18 to 25 year olds in Barnet. The work experience participants feedback demonstrates that it is a highly beneficial experience and an opportunity to develop new skills and a sense of confidence and adaptability that helps them later in life. Read feedback

Find work in the creative industries

London is one of the great cultural capitals of the world.

It is not just famous for its museums, heritage and monuments but also for the diversity of its commercial creative industries: the artists, businesses, writers, festival organisers (find more about the creative industries of London from this London report).

There are far more job roles in the creative industries that you might think. You can find a description of these amazing roles here

If you are exploring your options and want career guidance, the resources listed below will help you find the creative role you are looking for. 

UK Music
UK Music is an industry-funded body established to represent the collective interests of the recorded, published and live arms of the British music industry. Their website is full of information on policies and laws, research and educational resources if you want to start a career in the music industry.

Have a browse through their website and find more information on jobs and opportunities in the sector here.

Arts Council England
Arts Council England supports activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.

Their job listings list adverts for a range of job opportunities within the art and culture sector. Find more information here

BBC Careers
If you want to work in broadcasting or the media, training with the BBC will give you valuable experience and insight.

As well as apprenticeships (aimed at school leavers) and traineeships (aimed at graduates), they can also offer two weeks of work experience. BBC schemes are open throughout the year.  Find a list of their schemes here

Creative and Cultural Skills
Creative Choices is an online hub of advice and opportunities for anyone that wants to work in a creative career. Their jobs listings are populated by employers across the UK.

Their creative employment programme provides Creative Apprenticeships to support 16-24-year-olds into work, and pre-employment work experience for 16-21-year-olds in the form of  The Creative Skills Initiative.

Find more information on these opportunities here

Media Trust
If you’re aged 18-25 with limited media or broadcasting experience, you can get a  chance to be mentored by top journalists and produce your own local news report on issues that matter to you.

Breaking Into News offers budding broadcast journalists the opportunity to learn writing, reporting and production skills. Apply here

Have you ever wanted to make your own film and videos? Or are you just interested in “behind the scenes”?

The Photo, Video & Media Production Workshop designed for young people who are interested in creating their own videos, films & media.

Whether it is a short clip or a full-length feature film, you will be equipped with the skills and practices you need to do so. Book your place here.