The award-winning Social Mobility Business Partnership runs multiple Work Insight & Skills Experience (WISE) Programmes for students in Year 12/13 (England and Wales), Year 13/14 (Northern Ireland) and S5/S6 (Scotland).
The programme will provide you with the opportunity to spend time with four different high-profile organisations where you will learn about their business, the career routes available to you and develop key skills by getting involved in interactive business-like tasks. Last but not least, you will also spend a day with a professional sports club learning about the psychology of resilience, coping mechanisms and goal achievement models.
Our Work Insight & Skills Experiences run for a full week giving you the opportunity to develop key skills employers look for when recruiting, learn from some of our 170+ business partners based across the UK and boost your confidence and motivation. Watch the video below to see what you can expect from the week!
Who can apply?
If you live in England or Wales:
Students applying must:
We prioritise places to students who:
*First generation means that neither of your parents have been to university and got a degree. You count as being first generation to go to university even if the following people have gone to university: your foster parents, your care workers, your brother or sister, your biological parents (if you’re adopted), or a parent with whom you’ve had no contact during your secondary and post- 16 education.
**a low-income household is defined as such if the total household income is less than the areas average household expenditure. The table below details the average household expenditure by area:
Which partners could I visit during my WISE week?
Click here to see which partners participated in each cluster in 2022. Please note: partners may change each year and may not represent who will be taking part in 2023/2024.
When do the programmes take place?
Our programmes take place at the following locations on the dates specified. Please note if you do not live within a commutable distance from one of our locations or are not available to attend you can apply to our National Online Week which is hosted live online by a different business partner each day.
†Days delivered in Newcastle area
Important Information for Students
About Social Mobility Business Partnership (SMBP)
A volunteer-led charity, SMBP is a collaboration of 170 commercial organisations, professional services firms and professional sports teams working in towns and cities across the U.K. All are committed to supporting students from low income backgrounds in their pursuit of a career in law, business and finance. Since 2014, SMBP has grown from offering opportunities to 20 students in London, to over 700 student places across the UK in 2021.