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Recruited on Character

We launch and fast-track the careers of young people through the training, support, and recruitment offered within our bespoke business Academies.

Find your career

We launch young people in to great CAREERS (not dead end jobs) with brilliant employers that will recognise your talents and offer clear promotion opportunities.

Brilliant Employers?

All our employer partners are hand-picked as the kind of employers that promote people on merit not on previous experience or time in the role. They offer you a clear path to launch your professional career and fast-track you to success. In short, they are PERFECT for young people that want to get on in life.

Unlike ‘normal’ recruitment agencies and training companies our training has a dramatic impact on your success by preparing you for future promotion with your new employer, not just to get recruited for a new job!

Recruited on character not experience

We work hard with our partner businesses to design training and support programmes that train you in what you need to know, so you can be recruited based on your character and willingness to learn; not on your qualifications or experience.

“I joined a Working Knowledge Academy right after completing A-Levels. Most of my school friends went to university. I feel I am in such a better position than them. Most will be looking for a role like mine in two years’ time when they graduate. While I am three years further on than them in my career without their student debt.” – Sophie

Are you right?

Benefits you can expect

Careers not Jobs

We find genuine career opportunities that offer transparent progression pathways; not land in dead-end jobs. You will know from the outset what you need to do to achieve progression and how you can demonstrate your talents.

High-Growth Businesses

We have extensive links with employers and so handpick business partners for our Academies that are growing rapidly. As a result you will not have to wait to someone leaves in order to get promoted!

“I have had many different jobs since leaving education but none of them could be called a career. Thanks to Working Knowledge I now have a clear career path with a great business” Naomi.

Good Starting Salary

You will earn a competitive salary from day one and there will be clear salary increase points while you are in the Academy e.g. 6, 12 months, etc.

Hands-on Training

The Working Knowledge Academy starts with 4-10 weeks of upfront training focused on the knowledge, skills and behaviours you need to succeed in your role. But don’t think it’s like going back to school; the training is active, focussed and follows a ‘learning-by-doing’ approach.

A like-minded group

You start an Academy with other people like yourself. As a result you will never have that terrible feeling of starting work without knowing anyone!

Merit-Based Achievements

All jobs include clear, performance-based promotion and salary increase points. No matter what your background – if you meet your goals you will be rewarded.

On-going Support

We are here to help you realise your professional dreams. The Academy runs for 15 months and you will be supported throughout


All Working Knowledge Academies include a college partner to provide nationally recognised qualifications via an Apprenticeship Standard. You will not go to college but be trained in the workplace for 12-15 months. You can however apply for a Student Card and so benefit from significant discounts.

NUS – Student Union

Building connections

Working Knowledge Academies are high profile and therefore give you rare opportunities, like being able to meet with senior management to make a positive impression.


Young people can spend decades paying off student debt if they choose to launch their career via university. With Working Knowledge, there is no cost to you. Nothing. Zero.

What they say

  • I found the boot camp training up front really helped me change the way I approach work and gave me the kick (and the skills and knowledge) to take control of my own career. As a result I have recently been promoted (my second pay rise in my first year) which has increased my salary by 30%.

     Serena Gregory
    Serena Gregory
  • I was really fed up in my old job, working long anti-social hours with little chance of progression. Working Knowledge has really opened my eyes to what a good employer is like and I am so excited about how my career is progressing - Harriet

    Harriet Pope
    Harriet Pope

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