Work Experience

Our Work Experience and Careers Team has been supporting the local community since 1974 providing high quality and impactful work experience placements across the Greater Manchester region. With schools having a statutory obligation, under Gatsby benchmarks, to ensure students engage in employer encounters, quality work experience placements have never been more important. We work hard to secure placements that are a result of partnership work between Positive Steps, local employers, schools/colleges and young people to ensure that the young person’s experience of work is motivating & meaningful. We are supporting our education partners in a variety of ways including block placements, sector specific industrial placements as per T Level requirements or workplace tasters

With a database of over 3000 employers, Positive Steps has placed thousands of young people in high quality placements with this forecast to grow even further this academic year. Positive Steps will also ensure all employers are vetted in terms of Health & Safety in the workplace as well as giving you access and training to our comprehensive Link2Learn portal free of charge. A free whole year assembly launch is also included.

Aspirational Visits (half or full day)

Many young people are unsure or unaware of the career pathways or progression options available, which can often reduce their aspiration level and lead them to settling for less or choosing the wrong option, only to regret this at a later date.

An aspirational visit can include talks from industry professionals and cover education, employment and training opportunities, including visits to employers, education institutions and local cultural landmarks. Young people are encouraged to ask questions throughout and record their findings in their personalised visit log books

Students will help plan travel arrangements into Manchester City Centre, identify opportunities in terms of free travel in the city centre and will have the opportunity to share lunch together


Linking education to the world of work

Improved labour market knowledge

Improved careers decision making

We also offer an enhanced mentored based supportive work experience offer called Positive Futures.

If you are a school/college or parent who is interested in using Positive Steps to arrange work experience placements for your students or child, please contact the Work Experience Team for more information and a bespoke quote.


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