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The City & Guilds internship programme, ‘Intern to Work,' is a great opportunity for young people from less advantaged backgrounds to gain paid work, training and networking over a six-week period.

The Intern To Work programme runs each year, in City & Guilds offices across the UK. 

Joining the programme is a great way to gain exposure to an office environment and raise your awareness of the types of careers available within City & Guilds. It is also a practical way to prepare for our Apprenticeship Programme or a career in one of our entry level roles. You don’t need any previous experience in a similar role as we’ll support you every step of the way and provide you with excellent training.

  • What does the programme involve?

      The programme consists of three key elements: your day job, weekly employability master classes and a group project.

      Day job

      • You’ll have the opportunity to work within a team of professionals who are experts in their fields, and support them in successfully completing tasks on behalf of the department that you work in.
      • Depending on the team that you’ll be working with you’ll have the opportunity to develop different skills, such as your customer service skills through customer visits and answering customer calls, or organisational skills by working on a number of different projects.

      Master classes

      • Alongside your day job you’ll also attend weekly master classes to increase your employability including sessions on how to use social media to build your professional network, and how to standout from your friends when applying for jobs through support with CV writing and interview techniques.
      • During these sessions you’ll also have the opportunity to hear from our inspirational Executive leadership team and learn about their personal career journeys.

      Group project

      • Along with the other interns completing the Intern to Work internship, you’ll work on a group project putting your collaboration & project management skills to the test.
      • At the end of your internship you’ll deliver a presentation as a group to the other colleagues that you’ve been working with over the eight weeks.
  • Who can apply?

      Our programme has been developed to support young people from less advantaged backgrounds who may have a smaller or no professional network. To apply for our programme you must be aged 16-24, not currently studying towards a degree and meet two of the six eligibility criteria:

      • First generation to go to university
      • A care leaver
      • A young carer or young adult carer
      • In receipt of, or previously been eligible for, free school meals (FSM)
      • Achieved either:
      1. less than five GCSEs at C/5 and above, (including English or Maths)
      2. or past or predicted grades CCC or less at A-level (or equivalent)
      • Live in 30% of most deprived areas of the UK. *measured by the indices of deprivation

      If you’re not sure if you meet the criteria, more guidance can be found in our Eligibility Guidance document.

      You are unable to apply if you’ve already completed the Intern To Work programme within the City & Guilds Group.

  • Fast track

      Our fast track promise means that if you receive a positive appraisal during your internship, and then apply for one of our Apprenticeship roles, you’ll be fast-tracked past the initial online selection stages and be guareenteed a face to face interview.

      You’ll also receive coaching to support you through the process. 

  • Benefits

      Through completing the Intern to Work Internship programme you will:

      • Complete business critical work and earn a competitve salary
      • Work on a group project with other interns which will help you to develop new skills
      • Have a dedicated business mentor who’ll support you and oversee your work
      • Have lots of opportunities for development – including taking part in our Make a Difference Volunteering Programme
      • Leave your internship with professional connections 
  • Application process

      Step 1 - Eligibility

      As a part of the application process you will first have to meet our eligibility criteria. See more in the 'Who can apply?' section.

      Step 2 - Short online application form

      If you meet the eligibility criteria you’ll progress to the next step. For us to understand whether you’ll be a good fit for the role we’ll ask you five questions about yourself to get to know you a bit better. See our Application Guidance document for some top tips on completing your application.

      Step 3 - Face to face interviews

      This will include an interview with a senior manager and a HR representative.

  • Apply

      Applications for Intern to Work are currently closed and will open on February 2024.