We are keen to build long-lasting relationships with schools, colleges and uniformed groups 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.

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Applications for work experience can be made to: workexperience@inmarsat.com

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.

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.

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.

If your school, college or youth organisation is interested, contact: earlycareers@inmarsat.com

Educational Engagement in action

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.

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.

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.