Achieve your ambitions and secure paid, valuable work

Craft your career path with SouthWRK

If you're an undergraduate or recent graduate from an under-represented background with a home address in Southwark and aged 18-24, SouthWRK is here to assist you in successfully applying for and securing valuable paid work opportunities.

We're committed to ensuring that your potential shines.

Free, personalised support

We've partnered with social enterprise Gradcore to provide free, personalised support. If you're an eligible Southwark student or graduate, we can help you improve your employability and secure a valuable paid opportunity at a top employer.

You will also have access to career coaching, mock interviews and a variety of helpful resources. 

The aims of the programme are to help you explore your career options, develop key skills to enhance your employability, widen your professional network, and most importantly - secure an internship/placement.


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CV and application reviews

Our experts will meticulously review your CV and applications, providing constructive feedback to help you present your skills and experiences effectively.

It's not just about building your CV; it's about building your confidence.

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Personalised career coaching

No two journeys are the same. Our one-on-one career support is personalised to your goals, helping you map out your path to career success and improve your employability. Your career coach is your compass, providing unwavering support as you navigate the challenges.

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Access expert resources

On our digital platform, you can access a bunch of invaluable online resources and articles with one purpose in mind - your success. It's a virtual library at your fingertips, brimming with insider tips and knowledge to supercharge your career journey.

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Valuable paid work 

If you're an eligible Southwark student or graduate, we can help you secure a valuable paid opportunity at a top employer. SouthWRK offers at least 6 weeks of paid work, allowing you to gain real-world experience and financial stability as you begin your career journey. 

Apply today using the form below

FAQs

Who is eligible to take part in SouthWRK?

We welcome applications from students/graduates who meet all the following criteria:


You should also meet at least one of the following:


How do I register for SouthWRK?

Completing the registration survey will help us provide the best possible support to you. It will also give you access to our dedicated digital hub for the programme.

Your details will be treated in the strictest of confidence and will only be used for the purpose of supporting you. 

Not quite sure about something? Please email mona.vadher@gradcore.co.uk and we'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. 


What's the application process?

You will receive completely free-of-charge support, including:

1. Check eligibility: You can see the full eligibility criteria and application here.

2. A quick chat to get to know you: In order to learn more about your career ambitions, a team member from SouthWRK will contact you for a chat. 

3. Access resources and support: While we match you with an employer, you can start accessing helpful resources on our digital platform, Gradspace, such as career coaching and industry guides. 


What support will I receive?

You will receive completely free-of-charge support, including:


Who is funding SouthWRK?

SouthWRK is an an extension of Southwark Council and its continued dedication to the local area. It's entirely funded by the council, making it completely free to those who will benefit from it most. 

We've also partnered with social enterprise Gradcore to provide free, personalised support. 

SouthWRK supports young learners to secure valuable paid work and connects employers with talent. Not just an internship scheme, the priority is improving the employability and prospects of young people.


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This fully funded programme of support is sponsored by Southwark Council and allows us to support more undergraduates from the London Borough of Southwark to access competitive internships/placements. 


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