Age: 14-19

Duration: 5

Industry: Creative Design

Application deadline: 26/05/2023

Dates: 17/07/2023 – 21/07/2023

Timings: 09:00 – 16:00


Join us for this 5-day virtual work experience opportunity which will take you behind the scenes to show you how we develop brand new chocolate products in the heart of Bournville, Birmingham.

You’ll get to experience the product development process by creating your very own chocolate bar.

To do this you will hear from and work together with a range of people with different skills and careers within our Research and Development department.

Throughout the week we will look at all the areas considered when developing a new product, from idea to shop floor and have sessions on the following:

Learn from Product Developers how we come up with new product ideas? If you could create a product what would it be?
Gather data with the Consumer Scientists to learn if customers like your product
Think about how your product will be made and the role of Process Engineers in this
Use your creativity skills and learn how Packaging Designers develop our packaging and why it is important, to help design your own product pack
Learn about Sales & Marketing and decide how you will advertise your product
You’ll see what it’s like to work within the different teams and work with students from around the country, across the 5 days.

…and if you can show us that you’ve enjoyed your week and learned something new, there’s a certificate for your CV too. (There is even a prize for the group who gives the best presentation when you present your final product idea on the Friday!)

So why not come and join us…

When applying, answer the following questions

Entrepreneur: If you could go back in time and be the person who invented something we use today, what would it have been and why?
Tell me about a time you achieved something you didn’t think you could.
What do you already know about our organisation?
Skills/Experiences You Will Gain:

 Problem Solving
 Staying Positive

About Speakers for Schools

Having access to leading figures disrupts this pattern and allows state school students to engage with influential people who can share inspiration on pursuing their ambitions and broaden their horizons. That’s why we specifically reach state schools, academies and colleges that have students affected by area deprivation, disadvantage and lack of networks. We’re here to connect the dots and shake up the current system to change the status quo. Our aspirational engagements, put young people in touch with the very best, to spark their ambitions and the belief in what is possible for the future. Speakers for Schools brings together eminent figures of today, from FTSE 100s and arts leaders to CEOs and tenured professors, creating a dynamic network of thousands of school talks and esteemed work experience placements – all for free. So far, we have reached over 1,000,000 students nationwide through our school talks and work experience programme. Speakers for Schools facilitates over 2,500 engagements and placements a year, having reached over a third of all secondary schools and colleges across the UK. Founded by Robert Peston and chaired by Andrew Law with a board of trustees, it is funded by the Law Family Charitable Foundation.