Work placements

We offer placements for high school students, usually 16−18 year-olds, throughout the year. This is a great opportunity for students with a keen interest in the environmental and third sectors.

To apply

If you are a student wishing to apply for a work placement, please email your CV to Gillian Gardner, HR Co-ordinator. In your covering email explain your interest in working with Changeworks and clearly mark your email and CV ‘Work Placement Request’.

We will then identify potential placement dates and, if necessary, ask students to come in and speak to us about the placement opportunities. This approach ensures a good match between students’ needs and work placement availability and providing a valuable, practical experience.

A work placement usually lasts one working week, Monday to Friday, based at our Edinburgh office and may include shadowing some or all of the following:

  • Day 1: Our Renewables team on client visits
  • Day 2: An energy advisor, listening to customer calls coming into our advice centre
  • Day 3: Changeworks Recycling sales and operational teams
  • Day 4: A customer-facing event, such as a food waste training workshop
  • Day 5: Our Community Liaison Officer.


All placements will also include a tour of Changeworks Edinburgh offices and our recycling warehouse.