Who are Working Knowledge?

We are a social enterprise that creates chances for young people to open doors into employment.

We are passionate about providing opportunities for young people in Further Education to excel and be spotted by employers as the fresh talent of the future.

By engaging employers in the full time curriculum we help our partner colleges to shape learner destinations and prepare the next generation of young people for the world of work.

How are Working Knowledge funded?

Working Knowledge are funded by our partner colleges who draw on our expertise to provide their learners with work experience and employability activities, meeting the requirements of the 16-19 study programme.

What happens at a Working Knowledge event?

We offer a range of skills based volunteering opportunities including one hour Q&A workshops, one day events and half day workplace visits.
A list of our events can be found on the Volunteer Today section of the website.  If you cannot see any activities in your area, but would like to be the first to hear about future dates, please email volunteer@workingknowledge.org.uk and a member of our Engagement Team will be in touch. Alternatively, you can give them a call on: 0117 304 8000.

Who are the business volunteers?

To date we have partnered with more than 100 Colleges and Universities with more than 24,000 students attending. Over 3,000 employees  have given their time as business volunteers including our corporate partners MITIE, Salesforce, EE and Boots.

What skills will the business volunteers have?

At most events we will have volunteers with experience in Finance, Sales, Marketing, HR and Operations, or who specialize in industry areas that are reflective of the participating students areas of study.  Some events will have additional bespoke categories.

What do I have to do to prepare?

Nothing. You will be briefed fully on the day.

Is there a Dress Code?

We ask our business volunteers to wear whatever they would do on a normal working day.

What happens if I spot a student I would like to employ?

It often happens that business volunteers spot young talent that they want to offer work experience, internships, work shadowing, Apprenticeships and jobs. All of this can be arranged.