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Paid work experience for 13 – 19 year-olds in the UK  working with Startup Sherpas and ?WhatIf! – Sign up for early access to our next Squad.

THE WORLD NEEDS A GENERATION OF SKILLED INNOVATORS.

We are the UKs social enterprise for next-generation innovation and entrepreneurship work experience and up-skilling.

CREATE
INNOVATE
GENERATE

Build your business. Learn skills to make you work ready. Create the future you want. Bring your ideas to life.

Free to teens aged 13-18. If you’re older than that, then please get in touch!

CONNECTING TODAYS TEEN TALENT WITH BUSINESS

Experience VIRTUAL WORKing STEP-BY-STEP™

The world of work is now hybrid, and the experience of remote working is a requirement in our new reality. 

Virtual work experience at Startup Sherpas is guided STEP-BY-STEP ™ to get students closer to the work and a richer experience of work.

 

IN-DEMAND SKILLS across INDUSTRies.

We focus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship because these are the most in demand skills across every role in every industry.

The wide range of additional skills developed make our Sherpees outstanding candidates across industries.

experience RELEVANt FOR EVERY CAREER.

Exploring a startup idea is a great vehicle for personal development and career guidance. 

Our work experiences allow students to develop their talents and interests.

SCALING IMPACT WITH CORPORATE PARTNERS

SECONDARY

  • Innovation Foundations programme for YR7 to YR 11.
  • 16×16 Afterschool clubs
  • Earn to Learn Work Experience

16-18yr olds

  • #startyourstartup programme
  • Earn to Learn Innovation Work Experience

Universities

  • Universities Enterprise programmes
  • Graduate Employers Experiences
  • Earn to Learn Innovation Work Experience

Some Of Our Amazing Partners

We have the pleasure of working with all of these amazing organisations.

THE VIRTUAL WORK EXPERIENCE PLATFORM FOR INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP.

DEVELOPING SKILLS FOR HYBRID WORKING TODAY.  WORK READY TOMORROW.

We’ve put everything you need into our digi-doing platform – Your digital home for work experience. 

Check in daily to see what you have to do. 

 It contains all of the tools you’ll need.

  • Your Workspace –  This is where you find your your Step-by-step guided journey for work experience.
  • Treks – Jump into guided activities that you can do at your own pace to dive deeper into the work.
  • Kit Bag – Access the unique Startup Sherpas toolkit and best in class tools from the world of the Startup and Corporate worlds. 

FOR TEEN ENTREPRENEURS

Treks to help you through every step of your journey.

Sign up for FREE and get access to our Treks and also the Kit Bag (containing 33 tools and techniques).

Step-by-Step™ Treks and the kit bag you need all FREE.

Work at your own speed (fast or slow, we don’t mind!)

you’ll learn the techniques that adult Entrepreneurs use in the real world.

FOR SCHOOLS AND GROUPS

We support schools and organisations who want to give their teens a new experience and to teach skills that will benefit everyone, whatever they end up doing.

IT’S FREE! We are supported by very kind companies and individuals who want to make a different in the world.

Need to fill ‘X’ hours of teaching for ‘Enterprise or Business’?

Use our Step-by-Step™ TREKS for self-guided and self-paced activities that are fun and engaging. Each Trek is split into 30 minute missions to fit around your teaching schedule.

Want to provide teens with a full 6-month programme?

Use our Step-by-Step™ JOURNEY to guide your teens through the 7 expeditions to help them turn raw ideas into reality.

EARN TO LEARN.

GET PAID FOR YOUR IDEAS

DURATION: 6 WEEKS (4 HOURS PER WEEK)

Join the Supersquad and get paid to bring your ideas to life for a real business.

This is the best work experience you can imagine. Flexible. Online. Creative. Fun. And you will be working with Startup Sherpas and ?Whatif! - the world's leading innovation consultancy.

BUSINESSES SPONSORING OUR PARTNER SCHOOLS

Our school partners have access to a ready made CAIEG (Careers information, education, advice and guidance) provision that supports the ‘outstanding’ requirements set out in section 256 – 261 of the Ofstead School Inspection Handbook.

 

Virtual Work Experience 

Paid Work Experience

Innovation Foundations

Afterschool clubs

Masterclasses

All students can participate in virtual work expeirence.

Students can apply for our flagship ‘Earn-to-learn’ paid work experience.

Classroom based innovation experiences for careers enrichment.

Students can pursue their talents and interests by developing their own startup idea.

Students can hear careers stories from a wide variety of people.  Seeing the relevance of innovation and entrepreneurship.

FREE SIGN-UP FOR ALL TEENS!

When we set out on our own journey, our vision was to help teens get access to skills they don’t learn at school, and most importantly – TO MAKE IT FREE!

We continue that vision to this day. So, if you are a teenager, then you can sign up for free and get access to ALL the Treks and your Kit Bag.

Sign up now to get immediate access. If you want to join the Entrepreneurs journey, then please get in touch with us at hello@startupsherpas.org

ALREADY SIGNED-UP?

SIGN-IN NOW

If you are already on one of our programmes through a school or other organisation, or you are part of our corporate intern programme, then sign in now.

If you want to join one of our programme, please just get in touch with us at hello@startupsherpas.org.

EXPERIENCE THE WORK.

EXPLORE PASSIONS. DEVELOP TALENTS.

The original Startup Sherpa journey to take a raw idea, check it’s a good one and then launch it.

Don’t kid yourself, the idea that ends up a winner may not be your first one. So, every few weeks, we ask you to quit*. We don’t want anyone wasting their time.

Your Entrepreneurs Journey is formed of 9 Expeditions, each guiding you step-by-step from the moment of having an idea through to having an actual customer!

* …quit your idea for another one…not the journey!

My journey has helped me develop my idea and refine what it actually is. As well as working on my idea, the missions helped me work with computers and apps. I'm now looking forward to going through all the missions again on a new idea I have.

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ENHANCED GRADUATE OUTCOMES.

We have a series of Treks – short, fun, self-guided and self-paced that can be done in just a couple of hours, or up to a couple of weeks.

You can do them by yourself, or get a bunch of you working together as a team – whatever works for you!

Trained innovators to save the world.

Our mission is to create a generation of trained innovators.  

Our belief is that by equipping our young people with innovation and entrepreneurship skills they can save the world.  And we do believe it needs saving. 

Whatever career a young person chooses, whether as an entrepreneur blazing their own path or working as a change maker in a business – they have a contribution to make.

Listen to us!

Fantastic Failures!

We practise what we preach! We believe that we need to hear more about what people have done and what didn’t work out. There’s nothing better than learning from mistakes that other people make.

It also helps remind you that you’re only human. Don’t believe all that rubbish that you hear about success and money. It’s only real for a few people in the world, and most of them had more support from the start than anyone can dream of.

So, listen to us, and others, as we walk through a cacophony of mistakes!

Episode 1:

Oops, I started an airline!

Hugo Pickford-Wardle talks to Dan Roe about the story of his Fantastic Failure trying to start an airline for skiers. From the front page of the Financial Times to a cease and desist letter from the Civil Aviation Authority this Fantastic Failure is packed with twists and turns.

Episode 2:

Mister Truffle. Becoming the leading Truffle expert in the UK.

Hugo Pickford-Wardle talks to Dan Roe about the story of his Fantastic Failure building Mister Truffle, a service offering fresh truffles to domestic chefs. From Michelin starred kitchens to street corners this Fantastic Failure is packed with tasty treats.

Dan Roe

Co-Founder

Hugo Pickford-Wardle

Co-Founder

Kathy Walker

Co-Founder