One of the best ways to find out if a career in sponsorship is right for you is to undertake work experience or an internship offered by specialist agencies, corporate sponsors and rights holders.
ESA encourages its members to provide these opportunities for school leavers, students, graduates and for those planning to change careers.
In turn, we offer our members an exclusive Work Experience scheme to use when recruiting candidates – be it for a period of a week, a month or even up to three months.
Looking for work experience?
ESA members are able to post their work experience/ internship placements up on this site, so keep an eye out for the latest postings – see Industry Jobs – and don’t forget to enquire about the ESA Work Experience Certificate you can achieve on the scheme.
For ESA members
Read about how the ESA Work Experience Certificate (WEC) works:
– The scheme seeks to raise standards within the sponsorship industry and provide a consistent approach to work experience allowing for similar outcomes.
– It provides a practical programme that offers flexibility to both employers and work experience applicants. It aims to contribute to the availability of high-quality candidates within the sponsorship industry employment pool and enable prospective employers to more easily assess the calibre and experience of potential employees.
– Prospective employees will benefit from an opportunity to gain from a structured work experience programme and recognised qualification to add to their CV.
How it works
The WEC programme is available in three categories linked to the duration of the work experience – Bronze (1-2 weeks), Silver (2-4 weeks) and Gold (1-3 months).
Each category offers a programme with both compulsory and voluntary modules, giving companies the ability to select the modules that best suit their business. The programme allows for feedback throughout the employment period.
On completion, the candidate will forward the paperwork to ESA who will authorise and award a certificate which can be used when applying for jobs. The candidate is required to cover a small administration fee.
Access to the material
With the WEC scheme being exclusive to ESA members, all material is accessed via a member login.
In addition to the feedback forms, some helpful support material can be downloaded: WEC Guidelines for Employers; WEC Guidelines for Candidates; ESA Terms & Conditions; Candidate Engagement Letter and a Non-disclosure Agreement.