Inspires Me Week is an annual event founded by Workspace and the GLA and run by Business in the Community. Now in its fourth year, the programme has gone from strength to strength.

In February 2016, Inspires Me Week saw 71 students from 19 schools across London attend 4-day work placements with 59 of our customers’ and suppliers’ businesses, as well as with Workspace itself. The aim was to provide specific work experience in many different fields, in addition to an introduction to what it means to work in an entrepreneurial or small business. 

Following a hugely successful programme, four students were even offered further work experience by the businesses they spent time with. The Travel Advice Centre, based at Workspace’s Belgravia Workshops offered their student a summer placement which she will take up in June 2016.

At the end of the experience, 80% of students said the placement helped them decide what they wanted to do in the future and 76% said they would consider setting up their own business. 

In the coming year, we are considering how to expand the reach of InspiresMe Week even further, targeting businesses outside of Workspace’s customer base, and providing even more students with valuable work experience.