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. 


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



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