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We are keen to build long-lasting relationships with schools, colleges, uniformed groups and universities to offer opportunities for young people to learn more about STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) and inspire them to consider careers in the sector.

Our programme includes:

Work experience

We provide one-week work experience opportunities throughout the year for young people aged between 14-17 years. The structured programme provides meaningful work and clear outcomes for participants.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have paused our office-based work experience programme until 2020. We are however working to create virtual opportunities and have also partnered with LikeToBe to showcase some of the roles our employees undertake to provide insight and information.

Further Information

Applications for work experience can be made via email.

Case Study: Denae

  • Denae Simeon-Hughes

    My week at Inmarsat has been astonishing, because when I first met Julie Hyam in my school she was introducing me to what Inmarsat is as a company and what they do as a business etc .and to be totally honest honest, I wasn’t really interested and I was a bit pessimistic about the whole idea of doing work experience at Inmarsat.

    On the first day I was really nervous and was unsure about the aftermath of this experience but surprisingly the staff were very welcoming and interacted very well with me. I thought I was not going to fit in because of the age differences but they completely treated me like I was an employee.

    I’ve done many tasks independently and I think that this was very beneficial to me because it has showed me new skills such as writing formally.

    By the end of the week I felt 100% comfortable and very happy for taking this opportunity as it has helped me mentally and has changed my behaviour/manner towards things. I feel I am more confident in bigger environments.

    My whole attitude has changed and I thrive to be successful and do better than I already can.

    Inmarsat completely proved me wrong!!

  • Lola & Julie

    Julie Hyam

    I first met Denae back in the spring when I went to New River College as part of our programme of educational engagement work.

    New River College is a Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) that aims to provide a short term educational intervention which is designed either to maintain a pupil’s mainstream school placement, or in cases where this has already broken down, to facilitate a return to mainstream as soon as appropriate.

    Denae spoke briefly to us during the morning and expressed an interest in doing work experience. There was very little eye contact or questions and she didn’t seem overly keen on the prospect of work experience when I said she’d have to come in every day for five5 days!

    We offered her a placement week and agreed that if she only managed 3 three days we’d be ok with that. I planned a structured week with an earlier finish than we normally schedule.

    If I’m perfectly honest I didn’t know what to expect.

    Social mobility (the change in social status relative to one’s current social location within a given society) is an increasingly talked about topic. Denae’s career options have already been potentially limited by circumstance – she lives in the borough of Islington, has been excluded from mainstream education and is now only sitting core GCSE’s.

    The Sutton Trust (a foundation which improves social mobility in the UK through evidence-based programmes, research and policy advocacy) has reported that social mobility will cost the UK economy £140 billion per annum by 2050 and that every part of the recruitment process (from the initial CV / searching for a role) is a greater challenge if you are from a disadvantaged background.

    Despite any preconceptions Denae has been a pleasure to have in the office. She’s been treated the same as every other work experience student – and that’s important. We’ve expected her to do some basic administration tasks independently and she’s done these well. She’s paid attention to detail, she’s contributed to the office conversation and she accompanied me to an external event listening well even when she didn’t understand the content. Something we of course naturally expect but may have assumed wouldn’t be the case of someone excluded from school.

    She’s been in on time (or early) every day and she has worked full days, having requested to work later than the earlier schedule we’d planned.

    She has openly shared that she doesn’t always get to school on time, doesn’t show interest, isn’t persistent and in her words has ‘a bad energy towards school’ yet this week she’s done the exact opposite and reflected on why changing her behaviours can have a positive effect.

    The simple fact is that by giving young adults like Denae opportunities like this we improve their employment chances and enable them to make positives changes in their lives.

    She’s left us with an understanding of what office life looks like in a corporate organisation and the expectations that would be placed upon her.

    We are going to continue our relationship with the New River PRU and expect to have another 2 two students join us later in the year.

Work experience is a unique opportunity for students to relate their studies to the world of work and training. It gives them greater self-esteem and is highly motivating. It helps give them more confidence when speaking to careers advisors about their next steps and knowing in themselves that they can manage independently beyond school. For our students it gives them more responsibility and shows that we trust them to work safely and make a good contribution in the workplace.

Ms Michele Lambert
Deputy Head Teaching and Learning, New River College

School visits

We are happy to send representatives from Inmarsat to schools and colleges local to our offices and participate in workshops, career events and assemblies. While engineering is a key field we have many representatives who work in Finance, HR, Legal, Sales and Business Development who also volunteer to share their career journeys.

Further Information

We hope to resume some of these visits in Autumn 2020 so please get in touch if you are a school looking to engage with us.

Insights days

We offer tailored days for primary schools, secondary schools and youth organisations to visit our offices.

Our primary school days include a short presentation followed by a range of exciting hands-on activities – from rocket making and launching, building satellite models and learning binary code to understanding how our equipment is repaired in space, finishing up with a ‘Could you do a job like this?’ Q&A session.

Our secondary school days offer opportunities for students to find out more about a specific area of interest as well as engaging in hands-on activities.

Insights days may include:
  • A visit to  our Maritime Safety Simulator to understand how we support vessels at sea with a discussion on the impact of satellite communications on seafarer safety. Inmarsat connectivity saves around six lives a day and safety is a core part of our business and proud history.
  • A visit to the Network Operations Centre and Satellite Control Centre – the heart of what we do – to learn about what we do to guarantee connectivity and understand how we manoeuvre our satellites 35,786km (22,236 miles) above the Earth.
  • A talk on how our satellites communications are used to support humanitarian work and disaster response in some of the most remote places on the planet.

Our uniformed group days, including a suitable range of these activities, can be arranged at the weekend. In the past these have included visits from Guides and Cadets across the country. We are also willing to consider requests to visit units at their meeting place.

While these specific programmes are offered at our City Road HQ, we also connect with young people at our offices globally through, for example, work-term placements in Canada, school insight days in Nyon, Switzerland and family days in Singapore.

Further Information

If your school, college or youth organisation is interested, please contact us.

Inmarsat Strategy Challenge

Encouraging young people to acquire STEM knowledge and skills is crucial to the UK maintaining its position in an increasingly scientific and technological world.

“The government has made it crystal clear that STEM education represents the future of the UK economy and that everyone should play their part,” says James Cemmell, Vice President of Government Engagement at Inmarsat.

We are very proud that for over five years we have been running a programme for college A Level and BTEC students to support them in developing relevant skills and knowledge.

The annual eight-week programme includes weekly workshops at our City Road headquarters in London, which enables students to gain invaluable knowledge from our experts and research their ideas. To date, candidates have investigated topics including the future of aviation connectivity; how to address the digital divide in less developed parts of the world; and satellite connectivity’s role in disaster relief.

Taking part in the challenge has helped students gain places in top tier universities. Five of the participants in the 2018 and 2019 challenge were offered work experience placements at Inmarsat because of their enthusiasm and commitment.

Further Information

If your school or college is keen to take part in 2020’s virtual programme please contact us.

Educational Engagement in action

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Engaging our families

We also don’t forget our own families and children when it comes to developing their skills and engagement in STEM. We host family Christmas days in many of our global locations and have run a number of code camps teaching our employees’ children how to code and create their own online games and websites.

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Insights days

Approximately 50 Girl Guides joined us on a Saturday for one of our Insights days. We were fortunate to have adventurer and Guiding ambassador Sally Kettle, who used our satellite communications technology during a record-breaking row across the Atlantic, join us, and a number of female colleagues showcased what a career in STEM can offer.

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Pie the Exec

As part of our involvement with a national charitable organisation, we worked with a girls’ high school and supported them in raising funds and awareness for a local charity of their choice. As part of the initiative they delivered a presentation to our employees followed by a fun ‘Pie the Exec’ fundraiser that brought together the whole office and created a real buzz.

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Work experience turns into paid internship

Following a visit to a high school by a member of staff, our HR team was contacted by a student requesting work experience. Izzy joined us for a week over the Easter holidays in 2018. She worked with a number of employees within the People function and asked some insightful questions. She was keen to get involved and made a real impression. As a result she was offered a six-week paid internship over the summer.

Our commitment to opportunities for all

We are working in partnership with Social Mobility Pledge and the Social Mobility Index to continue to build upon our strong foundations and share best practice in the industry.

Over the past two years we have demonstrated how we are activity looking at improving social mobility.

Working with young people

  • We ran 117 one-week work experience placements for 14-18 year olds in 2019, helping the next generation to better understand career options and gain a taster into the working world
  • Over 900 Primary and Secondary school children in the UK attended school insight days in our London Headquarters

Routes into work

  • We have introduced structured non-graduate routes (eg school leaver apprentices) that provide genuine parity and progression similar to graduate opportunities

Attraction

  • We have removed preferred universities for our graduate programmes
  • We ensure that our job advertisements reach a broader range of potential candidates

Recruitment and Selection

  • We run interview skills training sessions to ensure best practices are adhered to and the removal of bias

Internal / external advocacy

  • Our Executive team support early career initiatives and actively get involved
  • Our employees have clocked up more than 1,230 hours of volunteering in educational outreach, globally
  • We have signed the Social Mobility Pledge reinforcing our commitment to providing leading practice in improving social mobility in the UK