Students get a taste of music & TV production, corporate comms and more!

23 April 2018

Jonas and Charlenessa at CCA Entertainment 


This Easter over 35 students attended work placements as part of Speakers For School’s work experience programme, S4SNextGen. From music production to law, this term’s hosts included:

  • CCA Entertainment
  • Endemol Shine
  • Enders Analysis 
  • Gibson Dunn
  • Ofcom
  • Portland
  • Tulchan Communications
  • Virgin Money 

Our programme is attracting more and more organisations from a diverse range of sectors. Hear from some of our students about their experiences.


CCA Entertainment

About – Vocal coaching, music production

Students – Charlenessa & Jonas

During their week at CeCe Sammy‘s, CCA Entertainment, Jonas & Charlenessa had a jam-packed work placement learning the ins and outs of what goes into making a top single – from sound engineering to choreography.


Hear more about what they got up to:

‘It was a great experience. I’ve only been here for a few days but I’ve learnt a lot’ – Charlenessa


‘I think it’s a really good idea for employers especially in this sector to start doing more work experience’ – Jonas

Endemol Shine

About – Television production company

Students – Saiba & Husna


Saiba and Husna had a well-rounded placement covering a broad range of areas from the reception to the studio. Find out more about what they got up to:


‘Thank you to our host. This has been a really great experience and it’s been really beneficial to me’ – Husna (right of frame)

Enders Analysis

About – Independent Research & Advisory Firm

Student – Andre

Student Andre spent the week learning how research and advisory firm, Enders Analysis operates.


‘I gained some key skills such as professional etiquette which I will undoubtedly need in the future.

Leading organisations don’t always offer work experience and if they do it tends to be exclusive.

(Enders Analysis) was really open and trusting. They let me work independently and go to meetings to get a feel of how it works.’ – Andre


Gibson Dunn

About – Law firm

Students – Over 20 students from 17 schools

Gibson Dunn held an insight day for S4SNextGen students giving them a taste of what it’s like to work in a law firm. Students were treated to a wealth of skill-building sessions including a body language & first impressions exercise, employability skills, case studies from staff and a tour of their London office.

The highlight of the day included an interactive session where students learnt about the life cycle of a case.


Students at Gibson Dunn



About – UK’s communications regulator

Student – Zainab, Justin, Ben & Maame

4 students headed to Ofcom for their work experience.  Zainab (below) spent her placement at Ofcom’s HR department.



‘I’m actually quite a shy person but now thanks to this work experience I’m really confident’ – Zainab 


Tulchan Communications 

About – Strategic financial and corporate communications advisory firm

Student – Sharon

Sharon spent her placement with financial and corporate comms advisory firm, Tulchan Communications.



‘I learnt that you shouldn’t really limit yourself’ – Sharon

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S4SNextGen is a free programme to help support better links between top employers and state schools to connect their students with invaluable opportunities such as work experience. If you are a Speaker or HR/CSR professional interested in further engaging with state school students, please get in touch with us for more information.

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