Working in the UK

If you’re not working to raise money for gap travel and you’ve just finished school or university, you might want a break from study and take a deep breath or two for a while. 

But even though work doesn’t seem too appealing, just try going through the complex claiming procedure for the Jobseekers’ Allowance and then living on it for a few weeks, and you’ll soon see that working has its advantages.

There are plenty of reasons to use a gap for work, including saving money for university, or gaining some valuable work experience.

Rock UK

UK

job.enquiry@rockuk.org

+44 (0)844 8000 222

www.rockuk.org

Experienced provider of outdoor adventure Rock UK is a Christian run charity operating 4 adventure centres across the UK, with a history that goes back more than 90 years.… read more.

3M United Kingdom Plc

UK

+44 (0)8705 360036

www.3m.com

3M offer internships and Graduate programmes in industry and development. Gain valuable experience in an environment where you'll develop marketable skills and work on exciting projects. Whether you're heading into manufacturing, distribution, or marketing, our programs will put you in position for continued success and advancement in your career.

Absolute Radio

UK

020 7434 1215

www.absoluteradio.co.uk/about

Absolute Radio are looking for individuals with a love of music and a passion for radio broadcasting to experience working behind the scenes at some of the UK's biggest radio stations. Spend two weeks learning how radio stations work, from on-air presentation and production, through to the website, marketing and operation.

Accenture

UK

ukgraduates@accenture.com

+44 (0)808 1011169

www.accenture.com/ukschemes

Apply for graduate placements with Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company.

Arcadia Group plc

UK

0844 243 0000

www.arcadiagroup.co.uk

They have placement postions in their finance and HR departments, suitable for those undertaking a year's placement as part of their degree. See their website for more details.

Ardmore Language Schools

UK

info@theardmoregroup.com

01628 826699

www.ardmore-language-schools.com

Ardmore Language Schools run summer English courses for students from all over the world in 15 residential and two non-residential centres across the UK. Job opportunities are also available for TEFL graduates.

BBC Recruitment

UK

www.bbc.co.uk/careers

Work experience placements available across the UK in all areas. These are unpaid placements that can last up to four weeks. Competition is fierce so you need to apply at least a year in advance.

Brighton Festival

UK

info@brightonfestival.org

+44 (0) 1273 700747

www.brightonfestival.org

A handful of volunteer posts are open during the festival in May, working in the education and press office departments.

Brightsparks Recruitment

UK

recruitment@brightsparksUK.com

+44 (0)20 3627 9710

www.brightsparkslife.com

Brightsparks offers job opportunities to students, graduates and young professionals, providing guidance and support to help them get into their dream careers.

Camp Beaumont & Kingswood Camps

UK

recruitment@campbeaumont.co.uk

www.cbjobs.co.uk

Camp Beaumont offers a variety of job opportunities at its nationwide camps including team leaders, activity coordinators, child care, TEFL teaching and lifeguards. Full-time positions are available as well as work experience opportunities.

Cancer Research UK

UK

volunteering@cancer.org.uk

+44 (0)300 123 1022

www.cancerresearchuk.org

Internships of 12 week duration for people who wish to gain valuable work experience in fundraising, as well as marketing, campaigning and communications. Registered Charity No. 1089464.

Cheltenham Festivals

UK

01242 511211

www.cheltenhamfestivals.com

This company runs festivals throughout the year, including jazz, science, music, folk, fringe and literary events.

Civil Service Recruitment

UK

www.civilservice.gov.uk/recruitment

There are a number of specific schemes open to new and experienced graduates looking for a career change. If you’re successful, you could be posted to a number of government departments.

Crewseekers Ltd

UK

info@crewseekers.net

+44 (0)238 115 9207

www.crewseekers.net

We offer a personal service assisting people of all ages and experience levels looking for the opportunity to build up some sea miles, find professional sailing work and paid delivery jobs, gap year adventures, sailing weekends and holidays, or simply to go sailing with like minded sailors.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

UK

admin@edfringe.com

+44 (0) 131 226 0026

www.edfringe.com

Big and long-established late summer festival that has managed to stay cutting-edge.

Engineering Development Trust (EDT)

UK

info@etrust.org.uk

01707 871520

www.etrust.org.uk

The EDT is the largest provider of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) enrichment activities for UK youth.

Facilities Management Catering

UK

resourcing.fmc@aeltc.com

+44 (0) 20 8971 2465

www.fmccatering.co.uk

If you would like to work at the most prestigious sporting event of the year then log onto our website now and click on the work opportunities page to apply online.

FCO (Foreign & Commonwealth Office)

UK

+44 (0) 20 7008 1500

www.fco.gov.uk

See the FCO website for more about careers and opportunities in the Diplomatic Service.

Fish4jobs

UK

customerservices@fish4.co.uk

0345 3000 406

www.fish4.co.uk

Search for temporary work, paid or unpaid, charity and fundraising jobs and seasonal holiday jobs abroad.

GlaxoSmithKline UK

UK

+44 (0) 20 8047 5000

www.gsk.com/en-gb/careers/graduates

Graduates can join us in a variety of exciting roles across several business functions. If you're enthusiastic, committed to making a difference and have a strong interest in healthcare, then we'd love to hear from you.

Harrogate International Festivals

UK

info@harrogate-festival.org.uk

+44 (0) 1423 562 303

www.harrogateinternationalfestivals.com

Harrogate International Festival hosts a number of arts festivals, and offers internships and short-term work experience placements during festivals.

Hay Festival

UK

admin@hayfestival.com

+44 (0) 1497 822 620

www.hayfestival.com/wales/jobs.aspx

One of the most famous literary festivals in the UK. Most departments take on extra workers for festival fortnight, including stewards, extra staff for the box-office and the bookshop and three interns.

HSBC Holdings plc

UK

+44 (0) 20 7991 8888

www.hsbc.com/careers

HSBC has a worldwide graduate and internship programme. See their website for further details.

IBM UK Ltd

UK

ibmstudent@uk.ibm.com

023 9256 1000

www-05.ibm.com/employment/uk/

IBM run a number of Student Schemes for 'very talented individuals' in all aspects of their business.

Ilkley Literature Festival

UK

info@ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk

+44 (0) 1943 601 210

www.ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk

If you want to become a volunteer at the Ilkley Literature Festival fill in their online form. Jobs include stewarding and helping with mailouts.

IMI plc

UK

info@imiplc.com

+44 (0)121 717 3700

www.imiplc.com

IMI operates a global graduate development programme and offers vacation work from June to September to penultimate year engineering (mechanical, electrical or manufacturing) students leading to possible sponsorship through the final year at university.

Kraft Foods

UK

www.kraftheinzcompany.com

Each year Kraft Foods offer plenty of graduate and internship opportunities across Europe.

Lichfield Festival

UK

info@lichfieldfestival.org

+44 (0) 1543 306 270

www.lichfieldfestival.org

Volunteers required backstage, to assist with stage management and to help with the education programmes. Contact Richard Bateman, volunteer coordinator, for more details.

L'Oréal (UK) Ltd

UK

career.loreal.com/careers

L'Oréal offers internships to students in universities, business and engineering schools from diverse backgrounds and provide the opportunity to acquire substantial initial work experience in one of our areas of expertise: Operations, Finance, Marketing, Sales, Communications, Digital, and Human Resources. For three to twelve months you become a member of our teams, working on projects and achieving concrete objectives on which you are assessed.

Malvern Outdoor Elements

UK

enquiries@malvernoutdoors.co.uk

01684 574546

www.malvernoutdoors.co.uk/employment

Malvern offers job opportunities to people looking to work outdoors and help instruct visitors on a variety of exciting outdoor activities.

Mananan International Festival of Music and the Arts

UK

information@erinartscentre.com

+44 (0) 1624 835 858

www.erinartscentre.com

Volunteers needed for stewarding duties, programme selling, transportation of artists, administration, catering, bar duties, technical support and manning galleries and shops.

Marks & Spencer Plc

UK

+44 (0) 20 7935 4422

careers.marksandspencer.com

The M&S Graduate scheme offers many different opportunities in Retail Management, Head Office and HR.

Norfolk and Norwich Festival Ltd

UK

info@nnfestival.org.uk

+44 (0) 1603 877 750

www.nnfestival.org.uk

Volunteers needed from January to May to help out with administration, marketing and even event production.

Penguin Group UK

UK

jobs@penguin.co.uk

www.penguinrandomhouse.co.uk

Penguin offers business internships which last for eight weeks, journalism internships at the Financial Times which last for twelve weeks, the Pearson Diversity Summer Internship Programme as well as two-week work experience placements throughout the year.

PGL

UK

recruitment@pgl.co.uk

0333 3212 123

www.pgl.co.uk/jobs

As the UK's market-leading provider of residential activity holidays and educational courses for children, PGL have an immense variety of Gap Year Jobs to offer for your Gap Year: and we pay you!

Portsmouth Festivities

UK

info@portsmouthfestivities.co.uk

+44 (0)23 9268 1390

www.portsmouthfestivities.co.uk

Volunteers required to help out with the many varied festivities in Portsmouth.

RAF

UK

+44 (0) 845 605 5555

www.raf.mod.uk/careers/

Work experience places are available in RAF bases all over the UK. As each base runs its own work experience programme you need to check the RAF website to find one near you.

Robinwood Activity Centre Ltd

UK

careers@robinwood.co.uk

+44 (0)1706 811067

www.robinwoodcareers.co.uk

Robinwood is a leading provider of residential activity courses for Primary school groups, with three centres in the North of England. Job opportunities at their centres are also available.

S & N Genealogy

UK

manager@genealogysupplies.com

+44 (0) 1722 717007

www.sandn.net/vacancies.htm

Gap-year students required to do office work such as document scanning.

Salisbury International Arts Festival

UK

info@salisburyfestival.co.uk

+44 (0) 1722 332 241

www.salisburyfestival.co.uk

Volunteering opportunities include stage manager, helping out with crowd management and leaflet distribution. Registered charity No. 276940.

Santander UK

UK

www.santanderukgraduates.com

If you are a graduate interested in working with Santander UK, submit an application for consideration when a position arises.

Season to Season Employment

UK

enquiries@seasontoseasonemployment.com

0117 214 0769

www.seasontoseasonemployment.com

Season to Season Employment is a recruitment agency offering a bespoke service in both seasonal and permanent contracts within the hospitality business.

UNHCR

UK

gbrloea@unhcr.org

+44 (0) 20 7759 8090

www.unhcr.org.uk/interns/index.html

The UNHCR have six month internships which give the participant the opportunity to gain valuable experience working with refugees.

Wesser Fundraising UK

UK

recruitment@wesser.co.uk

01462 704 865

www.wesser.co.uk

Wesser offers "live in" fundraising positions nationwide working in behalf of UK charities. All fundraisers are provided with a great pay package plus free accommodation including bills. No experience necessary.

Winchester Hat Fair

UK

info@hatfair.co.uk

+44 (0)1962 844600

www.hatfair.co.uk

This vibrant and entertaining festival takes over the centre of Winchester each year during the first weekend in July. Volunteers are needed to help out before and during the festival.

Youth Music Theatre

UK

+44 (0)20 8563 7725

www.youthmusictheatreuk.org

Internships are available in their London office for recent arts graduates or for professionals looking to change career direction. Also need UK-wide volunteers for one to two days per week.