Embrace Career Exploration

Embrace has provided holistic work placement schemes since 2000 as the core of our operations. We have realised that many young adults need practical experiences in order to gain skills and abilities. Combining job skills training with communication and personal development workshops during their work placements enhances the job outcomes.

A fundamental part of our placement schemes is the lifeDreams programme. It is based on the principles of applied psychology, personal development, cultural awareness and experiential learning. It has been developed out of the need to support young people who went through great life challenges into education and ultimately into economic independence. However the internal and external barriers were so huge that the straight forward traditional training approach did not work anymore and only through personal development and dealing with the issues the young people had they were able to access learning and life opportunities…to live their LifeDream.

We offer a bespoke service for educational institutions that is defined to fit specifically within the needs of the establishment and its students. Our certified programme has been developed over several years and has been implemented with great success with schools and colleges across the UK and Europe. In total over 1100 students from more than 20 institutions have benefited from our programmes, with over 85% gaining employment or continuing to higher education.

Embrace always prepares students who come to us in order to assess them and to fill gaps in their provision prior to coming to us in order to get them ready for their work experience. During the work placement the students always receive further training (cultural/ linguistic preparation) and a presentation about their LifeDream concludes their stay. This is also the focus of their work placement because it makes them think what they want to do with their professional life and whether their chosen path is what they wish to do for the foreseeable future.

Embrace provides work placements for students in Initial Vocational Training (IVT) from the UK and from abroad, job seekers from the UK and from abroad and also for those who are not in education, employment or training (NEET). We have a success rate of people taking up employment or further/ higher education of around 65 - 75% of participants from the different areas. Embrace hosts around 60 – 80 students from Europe for work placements in London each year and we also send around 50 – 80 initial vocational training (IVT) students abroad.We work with over 50 different placement providers in London, from non-profit grass roots to commercial enterprises.


  • 3 - 13 weeks holistic placement scheme
  • Placement preparation (Personal Development, CV writing, job skills training, linguistic preparation, conversation skills)
  • Placement period (in a suitable and approved placement organisation)
  • Placement bridge period (additional one-to-one support, job applications, mock interviews, project & business planning) 

Placement Opportunities

  • Crafts/ Construction/ Environmental Work
  • Marketing/ Media/ Graphic Design
  • Retail/ Sales
  • Office/ Project Administration
  • Business Administration & I.T.
  • Catering
  • Youth Work/ Social Support Work