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Find out how to apply for one of our work placements or employability skills days

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Work experience

Young wheelchair users can apply for one of our brilliant employment opportunities

A work placement or employability skills day can help to boost skill set and increase confidence within the workplace

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If you're interested in finding out more about the world of work, then why not apply for a Whizz-Kidz work placement?

Our placements are available both virtually and online, so there's sure to be an option that suits you.

About work placements

Whizz-Kidz provides work placements to disabled young people in two ways - either a company will offer us a placement and we'll find someone to fill it, or you can get in contact and ask us for a specific placement and we'll do our best to find it! 

In the past, we've organised placements in retail, business, finance, legal, sales/marketing, comms/social media, IT, transport and film.

As you can see, we can try to source placements in a variety industries. So if you're after something in particular, just let us know and we'll see what we can do!

Louis' placement with Great Western Railway

'I would encourage anyone to jump at the opportunity!'

"I've found my virtual work experience with Whizz-Kidz and GWR really useful. It’s given me plenty of ideas and tips on how to progress on to my chosen passion, which is to be a train driver."

What are employability skills days?

Our employability skills days run online and usually last 45-90 minutes.

These helpful sessions are run in collaboration with one of our partner companies.

They will come and discuss their experiences and expertise in a particular area, such as CV writing, interview skills, presentation skills, time management and many many more!

Each session not only means you can learn from professionals, but is also an opportunity to ask questions and connect and learn from other young people.

Sam's placement with EY

'Impactful moment'

"It was an impactful moment in my life, both professionally and personally. I had a breakfast event, with some individuals from EY, and I thought, wow, I'm on this podium surrounded by aspirational individuals, but people are also asking me questions."

What is an inclusive employer?

An inclusive workplace is somewhere that everybody, no matter what their background or disability, has the same growth opportunities as everybody else.

It's a safe environment where people with disabilities feel included, respected and valued for the work that they're doing.

While the Equality Act 2010 made it illegal for employers to discriminate against people because of their disability, some workplaces go the extra mile to be fully inclusive. 

To ensure the work placements and skills sessions we provide are with inclusive employers, we undertake several actions. This includes...

  • Completing venue assessments before work placements
  • Providing disability awareness training to employers
  • Working to support companies with placements to show how they can support a wheelchair user in their workplace
  • Using feedback from young wheelchair users to make sure they felt our placements and skills sessions were inclusive and accessible

Become an inclusive employer

Business Alliance

The Whizz-Kidz Business Alliance is a membership scheme for companies who want to champion young wheelchair users. Companies who join will be given access to a range of benefits to enhance their diversity and inclusion credentials, and meet the needs of disabled customers and colleagues.

How to apply for a work placement or skills session

You can apply for a work placement or works skills day using our online application form.

If you'd like to speak to us about a different placement, or to find out about others we have on offer, please email workplacements@whizz-kidz.org.uk or call 0800 151 3350.

If you'd prefer to apply using a paper form, just email workplacements@whizz-kidz.org.uk or call 0800 151 3350 and we'll be in touch.

Jo's placement at South West Advocacy Network

'Invaluable experiences'

“Every part of the placement was helpful – from travelling independently to just being in a workplace. There were so many new experiences that are going to be invaluable as I progress on to university and eventually into the workplace.”

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