Work Experience

BT has many employees who are active in a number of voluntary activities within their communities. People give of their time working with Youth Groups, Charities, Scouts/Guides, Boys & Girls Brigade, and Boards of Governors, for example. As part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) there is a formal BT Volunteer Scheme which focuses on delivering a range of educational activities for young people in schools, colleges, universities and charities throughout the UK & Ireland.

Sir Michael Rake, says: “BT’s commitment to training and work-based learning is a real strength.

 There are a number of volunteering programmes that BT offer to people in the community.

Work Experience – BT World of Work.... Work Inspiration!    

BT provides a work experience programme which aims to inspire people about working life sharing opportunities that could be available that they may not have thought about. Work placements can help young people decide where their future lies and so this improved scheme has BT’s full support.

BT uses a programme developed by Business in the Community called Work Inspiration which has three “insights” in mind, so we can make sure everyone gets the best out of their time with us.

  • All about me: we make sure there’s the chance to talk about what they’re interested in, and what they’re good at
  • A look behind the scenes: see different parts of the company so they know the variety and scope of opportunities in the world of work
  • Careers happen: find out how real careers unfold by speaking to BT employees 

Events can also include exercises and resources from BT Learning and Skills programme.

Montage of work experience pics

What happens at an event?

  • Events can last from 1 - 5 days.
  • They aim to inspire those who face barriers to finding employment or are about to leave school and look for a job for the first time.
  • We’ll open their eyes to the opportunities that working for a company such as BT offers. They’re fun, educational events that will excite our country’s future workforce.
  • There will be a focus on employability skills and business challenges that use transferable skills that are applicable in any job role.  

Download an example agenda herePDF document .

Who are the events aimed at?

BT World of Work has the potential to meet a number of audiences. We have previously done events for the following:

  • 14-15 years old school attendees
  • 16-17 years old school leavers
  • 18-25 years old unemployed - through charitable organisations or colleges and universities
  • Ex military

Work experience pictures 

How to get involved in an event?

  • If you have a group/part of a group and are interested in an event please complete this form online.

    (Unfortunately we cannot take requests from individuals at this time, only groups)

  • We’ll get back to you as soon as we can to let you know when the next event is likely to be.

  • Although we would love to fulfil each request we receive we do have limited numbers of events across the year in a variety of locations.

What do the participants think?

Participant's quotes 

What do the organisations think?

“A huge thank you for hosting the 12 Djanogly City Academy students at BT in Nottingham and for giving them such an inspiring insight into the world of work. The two days were an eye-opener for them and the experience fitted in really well with the work they are doing on their IT Diploma course. The students will certainly have plenty to write about following their time at BT so I am extremely grateful for the hard work everyone put in to the sessions. Many many thanks for such a timely and wonderful opportunity”. Nigel Akers (Vice Principal, Djanogly City Academy, Nottingham)


Download the FAQsPDF document

Growing into work   

Growing into workBT Wholesale has developed a portfolio of volunteering opportunities through its ‘Growing into Work’ partnership with Career Academies and Young Enterprise. The programme targets 16-18 year old school leavers, supporting their development, introduction and transition into the workplace. Volunteering opportunities include mentoring students, hosting events, and joining boards of local Academies. The partnership has already helped more than 1,000 young people gain an insight into the world of business and work, raise their career aspirations and inform their career choices. To date 204 BT people have been involved in the Growing into Work programme.

Growing into Work embodies BT’s volunteering strategy, involving the development, acquisition and transfer of valuable skills. It gives our people the opportunity to get involved in supporting young people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

 Career Academies    

Career AcademiesUK Career Academies UK leads and supports a movement of over 700 employers and over 120 schools and colleges, working together to raise the aspirations of 16 to 19 year olds, predominately in areas of social need. BT provides volunteers nationwide to join a Career Academy UK local advisory board to:

  • help leverage corporate and community connections
  • secure internships
  • raise awareness and build support  

Young Enterprise    

Young EnterpriseYoung Enterprise is building a connected world of young people, business volunteers and educators, inspiring each other to succeed through enterprise.

Each year our 5,000 business volunteers across the UK inspire over 250,000 young people aged 4 to 25 years. Getting involved in the work we do helps young people to develop their business, enterprise and employability skills.

As part of the Growing into Work programme BT and Young Enterprise have a range of volunteering opportunities to suit a variety of needs.

Volunteers can play a supporting role or take a lead in the front line delivery of Young Enterprise activities.