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Bankside Skills Academy

Creating pathways into work for local young people
18 Great Guildford Street
Rachel Nicholson
Corporate Responsibility Manager


Bankside Skills Academy is the new name for Better Bankside’s Events Academy, an innovative work experience programme designed to give young people in Southwark unprecedented access to the expertise and knowledge of a wide range of businesses.

Each year we recruit eight enthusiastic 16-21 year olds who live or study in Southwark to spend the summer working side-by-side with members of the Bankside business community to improve not only their practical skills such as CV writing, interview skills, time management and communications but also boost their confidence, resilience and professionalism in the real world of work.

Why take part?

Businesses Partnerships

The Bankside Skills Academy is a great opportunity to engage with young people from the local community and to see how your contribution can make a tangible difference in their lives.

The contributions of our business partnerships are key to shaping this award-winning programme. All activities are tailored to ensure both the businesses and the students get the most out of this unique opportunity. These can include careers workshops, skills training, CV guidance, mock interviews, insight days, speed networking or practical support to help the students deliver a successful event at the end of the project.

If your business would like to get involved this year, please contact Rachel Nicholson, Corporate Responsibility Manager: rn [at] (subject: Bankside%20Skills%20Academy%20-%20business%20interest)

Young People

Over four weeks you will gain invaluable insights into a variety of careers including communications, IT, law, marketing, project management, hospitality, engineering, architecture and more!

With support and guidance from the Bankside Skills Academy Project Manager, you will also work with your team to produce a high-quality event at the end of the project to showcase all the new skills you have gained. This is a fabulous opportunity to set yourself apart from the crowd, introduce yourself to local employers and boost your skill and experience, which will look great on your CV.

Student applications will open soon, but if you’d like to register your interest in finding out how to apply to the Bankside Skills Academy, please contact Rachel Nicholson, Corporate Responsibility Manager: rn [at] (subject: Bankside%20Skills%20Academy%20-%20tell%20me%20about%20student%20applications)