Get some experience

Getting some experience with employers who are actively looking for a more diverse workforce will help you to develop the confidence you need to showcase your talent and to develop contacts and networks.  Here are just a few of the schemes available to students and graduates:


BP Insight Weeks, widening participation scheme - paid award-winning widening participation programme promotes and supports the recruitment and development of students from ethnically diverse backgrounds.  

Change 100 is a flagship programme of paid summer work placements, professional development and mentoring. It aims to remove barriers experienced by disabled people in the workplace, to allow them to achieve their potential.   

The multi-award winning Summer Diversity Internship Programme (SDIP) gives people from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to see what a career in the Civil Service is like. 

Employ-Ability run first year, internship, and graduate programmes, as well as vacation schemes and training contract opportunities, with their inclusive employer partners. 

Work Placement (Ethnic Minority) (Disability) offers up to 12 x 2 week summer placements. Successful applicants will learn about different aspects of the profession, gaining an insight into the workings of the newspaper, website and multimedia department. 

Jaguar Land Rover Women in Engineering- Sponsored scheme is a unique training scheme that has been designed to support ambitious female engineers who want to make an impression, whilst studying for their degree. It includes being paired up with a buddy from our Women in Engineering Network & Allies group. 

KPMG  2021 Undergraduate Black Heritage Talent Insight Programme is aimed primarily at students of Black Heritage seeking an insight into a career in Audit, Consulting, Deal Advisory, Tax & Law or Technology & Engineering; on this paid, 3-day Insight programme you’ll develop your network, learn about what we do, and see the difference you could make to the companies we work with and the communities they work in. 

The internship is open to individuals in their penultimate year of university, and from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background, with a socially or economically disadvantaged background. 

On this paid work experience programme, you’ll get the chance to spend time with a range of people within our business who’ll demonstrate the variety of opportunities available across PwC. 

Through the Black Talent in Business programme, you’ll complete a 3-day virtual programme, which could lead to an offer of an internship or 11 month placement with the aim of securing a graduate role on completing your degree. 

Sky – Diversity Programmes offer insight weeks in various business areas for University students from under-represented groups. Providing the opportunity to learn more about potential career pathways at Sky. A chance to network with current sky employees. Pick up new skills. Feel inspired. 

Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) is a not-for-profit organisation that provides outstanding penultimate year under-graduate students from under-represented ethnic minority backgrounds with a unique opportunity to gain summer internships at some of the most prestigious firms in investment banking, technology and corporate law. 

Windsor Fellowship Leadership Programme provides personal development training and work placements with sponsoring organisations for Black and Asian students. These include management consultancies, investment banks, manufacturing companies, media and government organisations.

South Wales Police – BAME, The Commissioner is committed to improving the diversity of the officers and staff in South Wales Police so that the people that work in the force are more representative of the communities.  Their aim is to promote and achieve a fully inclusive workforce.

Clearlypr doesn’t aspire to be the ‘leading’ this or ‘best’ that. They simply want to make a difference to the lives of the people they employ by providing them with every opportunity to progress their careers with them, the fortunes of the clients they work with through the delivery of real-world practical solutions, and the community and environment within which we all live in accordance with their Environmental & Social Governance Policy (ESG) and the Pledge they have committed to. 

Care Leavers Internship Scheme, young people leaving care will again be directly offered the opportunity to work at central government departments. 

The Carole Blake Open Doors Project is a programme specifically aimed at encouraging candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds to enter the publishing industry.  

Creative Access is the only organisation in the UK dedicated to recruiting under-represented talent in the creative industries. 

Further information about work experience and volunteering and with finding course placements can be found here.