In our dynamic and competitive society, taking part in a work experience programme abroad offers the possibility to combine skills developed at school with those required in a working environment.
The BIS work experience programme is aimed at students between the ages of 16 and 19. The programme can last from 1 to 4 weeks and students can choose between a full-time or part-time work experience, or a combination of work and general or business English course.
All our programmes are aimed at acquiring key competences in the working environment, such as the acquisition of technical terminology, specific language and sectorial operating methods. Students also have the opportunity to learn communication skills as well as other soft skills like working in a team, time management, work planning, building self-confidence and autonomy enhancement, and motivation to success.
- In our offices in London (up to 40 hours per week)
- In external working environments (up to 40 hours per week)
Students will use media such as e-mail and telephone for contacting clients and providers (hotels, restaurants, families, guides etc.), and for reserving services and tourist activities.
Students will promote our services to potential foreign customers through telephone calls and e-mails.
With the support of an Area Manager, students will help us recruit, select and manage potential interns.
Information Technology (at least 12 students)
Students will assist the manager in monitoring the IT system of the company, with special focus on servers, computers, printers and hardware devices.
Web Design and Communication (at least 12 students)
Students will create the brand identity of a company, taking care of its image, the logo, brochure and the website.
Social Media (at least 12 students)
Students will learn how to use several types of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and blogs to design and publish digital products for a company’s on-line marketing campaign.
All activities will take place under the supervision of a native English teacher and the Area Manager.
Certificate provided on completion.
How to be a Guide (at least 12 students)
This work experience, led by qualified Blue Badge guides, involves theoretical preparation which will allow students to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to become professional tourist guides. This is followed by a second phase where students put their learning into practice by acting as a British guide. This experience is aimed at improving verbal and communication skills, particularly in front of the public.
Be an Actor (at least 12 students)
Students will discover what is needed to be an actor, including voice work, movement, emotions, masks and rhythm through a choice of Shakespeare plays or Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter and Lion King. They will create and /or perform a few lines or an entire play (depending on the duration of the training workshop). This is a very enjoyable and popular class and students will gain confidence in acting, speaking English and - why not – in studying Shakespeare! They will also gain self-esteem and team work skills. Workshops can range from 2 hours to a week or 4 weeks for more intense training.
Students will work in clothing stores, charity shops etc.., where they will obtain language and sales skills, under the supervision of their tutors. This experience will help them to develop communication skills, especially in front of the public, as well as increase their autonomy in the working environment.
To prepare students for the work experience, the BIS also provides e-learning training on topics related to the chosen type of experience (for instance; how to write a CV, how to write a cover letter, how to prepare for a job interview, simulation of a job interview).
Certificate provided on completion.