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Aims to inform, upskill and empower the young people of this generation to thrive as the next leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs of the future.

Work Experience Programme 2020

The Generation Innovation Work Experience Programme is for Year 13 (or equivalent) students who are ambitious and interested in up-skilling for the jobs of the future.

2019 saw 180 students come together to solve real business challenges for 26 innovative and exciting companies based here in Northern Ireland! It was a week full of hard work, high energy and a lot of fun!

In 2020 we are excited to announce we are expanding the programme into the North West for 60 students to be able to access this amazing opportunity! We are also growing our Belfast programme to be able to facilitate 200+ students!

Apply for Work Experience

Applications for Work Experience 2020 in Belfast and Derry~Londonderry are now open – You don’t want to miss this!


Location: Clayton Hotel Belfast, 22 Ormeau Avenue, Belfast, BT2 8HS

Dates: 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th June 2020

Closing date to apply: Thursday 30th April 2020


Location: Catalyst, Bay Road, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 7TG

Dates: 11th, 12th, 13th March 2020

Applications are now closed for Work Experience in the North West

Apply here for Belfast

What is Generation Innovation?

Generation Innovation energises the imaginations and aspirations of young people in Northern Ireland by increasing their knowledge of 21st century skills and awareness of future careers in innovation.

We believe young people are central to unlocking Northern Ireland’s future as a globally renowned knowledge economy. That’s why we put them at the heart of our inspirational community of entrepreneurs, companies and education leaders.

School Leaders Fellowship

Catalyst is excited to host a professional learning fellowship for Northwest school leaders. Based on the tools of School Retool (a programme of the Stanford and IDEO) and customised for Northern Ireland school leaders, the fellowship is an opportunity to develop your hacking and equity mindsets and apply a design thinking-based approach to your leadership as you meet and work with other local school leaders. The fellowship will be led by Peter Worth, a learning experience designer and former co-director of School Retool.

Applications are closed for our 2020 programme in the Northwest, but contact Ashleigh Harris to learn about future opportunities. (Contact details below)

Contact Information

Name: Ashleigh Harris


Tel: 07557815365

What Generation Innovation Alumni Say

“The Work Experience Programme within Generation Innovation showed me how to accept others' ideas and appreciate their skillsets. I got to experience what it was like to solve a real challenge, present to a real company and work in a professional environment, something many work experience programmes do not offer. I have met so many new people and thoroughly enjoyed the chance to roll my sleeves up and get stuck in!”

Rose Templeton

G.I Alumni Student