Frequently Asked Questions


We aim to support our employer network to build sustainable and diverse talent pipelines, whilst having a positive impact on the communities in which they operate.

To help with your planning, we have provided the answers to some of our frequently asked questions.

What is a work experience placement?

When planning a work experience placement, you must consider what is right for your organisation. We work with each of our employer members to create a bespoke work experience programme that meets their requirements. Whilst the structure of each programme is flexible, we suggest including both pre-employment and practical on-the-job training. These elements help to equip young people with the skills and insight they need to progress on their employment journey. Please visit our ‘Employers’ page for examples of programme structure.

Why offer work experience placements?

Employers who offer work placements take advantage of a previously untapped pool of talent to; build a more engaged workforce, increase business performance, increase your recruitment ROI and drive inclusion and diversity.

For more details see the business case.

How much does it cost?

A number of options are available regarding the cost of a programme and how it can be funded. This will vary based on the involvement of external training providers and programme structure. Government drawdown can be made available for Sector Based Work Academies and Traineeships. Membership to MtW and MtW resource has no cost attached. A number of leading early careers resources are provided to members free of charge, such as MtW’s Employability Skills Programme – developed in conjunction with Accenture.

What is the requirement of my work experience placement to join Movement to Work?

Movement to Work does not mandate how a programme is delivered, however, guidance and support is provided in a number of key areas. A dedicated resource, with specialist expertise, is available throughout both initial planning and programme delivery phases.

Who is eligible to participate in a Movement to Work work experience placement?

Movement to Work works with young people between the ages of 16-30 who are not in employment, education or training (NEET).

Are there any restrictions on those who attend a Movement to Work work experience placement?

No, unless the restriction refers to the health and safety of the participant during the work experience placement, e.g. a certain level of fitness or mobility. Often, work experience placements run by Movement to Work members have no age restriction. However, Movement to Work only collect data for those in the 16-30 age bracket.

Is there a cost for my employer to join Movement to Work?

No, membership of Movement to Work as an employer, training provider, youth outreach organisation or affiliate is free of charge. We only require that employers commit their energy and resources to supporting young people into employment.

I’m not able to offer a job at the end of the work experience placement. Can my employer still join?

Yes, we appreciate that not all employers can offer jobs post-work experience placement. However, we would encourage employers to explore some of the flexible models where they can support young people into employment.

My employer already runs work experience placements. What are the benefits of joining Movement to Work?

Resource, Expertise and Support: MtW is a committed and specialist resource that provides organisations with the direction and insight to make a real difference. MtW supports all aspects of design, delivery and implementation of programmes.

Established Partnerships: MtW has established partnerships with leading training providers and youth outreach organisations across the UK at both regional and national levels. All partners complete a governance and assurance process before joining the partner network. Opportunities are advertised free of charge on the MtW Talent Platform in conjunction with Get My First Job which has a monthly footfall of c100,000 unique logins.

Collective PR and Government Relations Amplification: MtW consistently lobbies the government on matters of policy in a way that is employer and sector agnostic. The MtW annual CEO Summit and Social Mobility Awards are key events, which attract national media exposure and endorsement from government ministers.

Collaboration and Innovation: MtW has established a Youth Action Forum and national network that shares best practice and drives innovation. The collective and diverse experiences of the membership base ensures positive outcomes are maximised, to the benefit of both UK business and young people.

How much does a work experience placement cost?

The work experience placements could be fully funded, partially funded or not funded by your employer. Those working for your employer who help to organise and run the work experience placements will be a cost to the company. We recommend the provision of lunch and travel costs for participants where possible.

My employer already recruits people aged 16-30 who are not in employment, education or training. To be eligible to join Movement to Work do we have to run a separate WEX or does direct entry into a sustainable job count?

If this is achieved via direct entry into a sustainable job, there is no need to run an additional programme and your organisation can join Movement to Work.

What is ‘Direct Entry’?

We define direct entry as entry-levels jobs as being those which provide ongoing training and support for young people when they join the world of work. These must pay and offer permanent employment.

What does great employability training look like?

Great employability training builds the skills that underpin success at every stage of life. This includes the development of transferable skills that a young person can build on throughout their employability journey. Take a look at Accenture’s Skills to Succeed toolkit that outlines the 9 transferable skills each young person should develop.

The key skills which underpin this are; Listening, Presenting, Problem Solving, Creativity, Staying Positive, Aiming High, Leadership and Teamwork.