Bankside Futures


Bankside Futures is a summer programme for young people aged 16 – 18 years old, designed to get young people ready for the world of work by meeting a range of employers and creating a social action project in their community! 

Young people will learn about the world of work through tailored workshops, work experience mornings, networking opportunities and mock interviews! Additionally, in small teams they will use the skills they have developed to create a social action project about something they care about that is affecting Southwark and present this to friends, family, employers and local businesses at the end of the programme.

  • Dates: 1st August – 11th August 
  • Location: Bankside, SE1
  • Requirement: Aged 16-18 years old, and living or studying in Southwark
  • Cost: Free
  • Applications close: 21st July 2023 

What will I do on the programme?

The programme runs over 2 weeks Tuesday – Friday. 

Every morning you will meet a different employer who will give a workshop and answer questions about their job/career and help you to develop your skills in various sectors. In the afternoon you will be given the opportunity to build a social action project that will impact Southwark. This work will be guided but you will work in a team with other young people to develop an idea, create a presentation and prototype over the two weeks which you will present in week 2. Additionally, you will get to build your confidence to network, develop your CV and attend mock interviews so that you are prepared for the world of work.

How does the application process work?

You can apply to Bankside Futures by filling out this application form: 

If writing isn’t really your thing you can also answer the application questions in video format. More info in the link above

What are we looking for in your application? 

You don’t need any specific qualifications but we are looking for people who can demonstrate: 

  • Ability to communicate your ideas clearly whether this is via writing or video
  • Strong personal commitment to the programme
  • That you are ambitious and self motivated 
  • Good attention to detail
  • You have overcome challenge and shown determination

If you have any questions about the programme or the application process contact our partner Sculpt UK at 

Business involvement

If you work for a Bankside business, please contact Rachel Nicholson to find out how your organisation can get involved with Bankside Futures this summer.