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Virtual Work Experience Opportunities

The following virtual work experience placements are delivered by Speakers for Schools. Registration is needed to secure a place and numbers are limited.  Cheshire and Warrington schools have priority for these Pledge-supported placements.

How civil engineering shapes the world around you
8–10th July, 9.30–1pm (Deadline to apply: Monday 10th June)

This 3-day virtual work experience is hosted by Jacobs Manchester. Students will:

  • Gain insight into the types of projects a civil engineering company do.
  • Have talks from a variety of specialists, who will introduce you to some of the many different types of engineering.
  • Gain an understanding of why sustainability is a vital part of what it does.
  • Work in a team on a project.

For all the details, click here.

AI, Cyber Security and Project Management
1–3rd July, 9–3pm (Deadline to apply: Monday 17th June)
This 3-day virtual work experience is hosted by Version 1. Students will delve deeper into the tech industry with group workshops, speak to experts in their field and take part in interactive sessions.

For all the details, click here.

We play a crucial role, we are experts – we are Allied Health Professionals
2–4th July, 10–2pm (Deadline to apply: Tuesday 18th June)
n a 3-day virtual work experience from 2nd – 4th July 2024.

During this virtual placement students will have the opportunity to investigate the variety of Allied Health Professional roles available, work with professionals to expand your knowledge and develop your skills and understanding of working in an NHS Trust.

For all the details, click here.

Building Bridges: Crafting Careers in Construction to Shape Our World
9–11th July, 10.30–2.30pm (Deadline to apply: Monday 10th June)
At this 3-day online workshop find out about bridge building and construction management from the Eric Wright Group.

  • Meet experts in Project Management, Environmental and sustainable
  • Learn about the various roles across the industry
  • Get involved in group tasks and work on a Bridge building project

For all the details, click here.

Big Check Climate Tech Future Innovations
15–17th July, 9–3pm (Deadline to apply: Monday 17th June)
Mott MacDonald are proud to offer students the opportunity to join colleagues working with climate technology for a 3-day virtual work experience placement. Join like-minded students as you learn more about climate technology from industry professionals shaping the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP) through career talks, along with guidance on developing your own ideas in a climate technology-focused project.

For all the details, click here.

A Three Day Journey Into Law
16–18th July, 9.30–12.30pm (Deadline to apply: Tuesday 18th June)
Embark on a comprehensive 3-day journey into the heart of the legal profession with DWF Law, designed to provide a deep dive into the roles and responsibilities of lawyers, legal operations and barristers. Each day is meticulously structured to offer a blend of informative sessions and interactive activities.

For all the details, click here.


Barclays Work Experience Insight Day

Thursday 18th July, Knutsford
Deadline to apply: Friday 28th June


Sellafield work experience opportunity

This is something for Year 12 students to think ahead when applying for work placements in the new year.

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations supporting scientists and engineers and running experiments around the UK and worldwide. Activities carried out cover a wide range of science, engineering and technology, including materials
science, engineering and instrumentation, particle physics, space science, accelerator-based technologies, information technology and computer

Daresbury Laboratory, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and UK Astronomy Technology Centre offer work experience placements to students each year, many from local schools and around the country. As far as possible they are placed depending on their interests indicated on the
application form.

This website provides more details about the programme in general.

Year 13 NHS Finance Insights placement scheme

The NHS Finance Insights placement scheme offers paid work experience in NHS organisations to individuals aged 18 and above, who do not plan to attend university and come from low-income families.

The scheme aims to attract diverse talent from local communities served by the NHS into the finance sector. It provides a 12-month experience in an entry-level (band 2) finance role, allowing candidates to develop new skills and gain on-the-job work experience. Upon completion of the placement, each candidate should feel well-prepared to apply for NHS opportunities, including apprenticeships or other entry-level roles, and be confident in transitioning to professional working environments.

To find out more about entry requirements and download the scheme brochure, click here.


Post-16 Next Steps

Please click here for information about post-16 education or training choices. The dates for your diary section (below) includes information about careers days, UCAS sessions, apprenticeships and T’ Levels.


Barratt Developments Higher & Degree Apprenticeships 

Could you help build the homes of tomorrow? Barratt’s higher-tier apprenticeships are a great alternative to full-time university study. Explore your potential in the construction, quantity surveying, technical or real estate side of the industry.

As a Higher or Degree Apprentice, you’ll be supported in your learning from day one. And you’ll never be short of career advice.

Barratt combines real-world projects with part-time university study and professional development training. You’ll earn qualifications that’ll come in useful throughout your entire career.

To get more information download the e-brochure by clicking here.

To read the January 2024, Apprenticeships newsletter, click here.




A Step Ahead Health and Social Care Programme



NHS Healthcare Careers virtual work experience

6-month work experience programme

This is an opportunity to follow multiple patients over a 6-month period as they go from their initial injury to recovery. This incredible opportunity showcases how many different healthcare professionals are involved in a patient’s care and gives students a chance to see them in action in various settings from the ward to the community. It is also a fantastic opportunity to see them work together in a multidisciplinary team.

To register, click here.

Once registered, students will receive access to their virtual work experience portals. Every complete session comes with a Work Experience Certificate, and for those who complete the full 6-month programme, there’s a Highly Commended Reference, ideal for apprenticeship and UCAS applications. Booking early is recommended to gain as much out of this programme as possible. Places are £10 a session to cover administrative and technological costs, or £50 for the full 6 months. For any enquiries, click here.


Careers Days

There are new dates for career and work experience days taking place online over the next couple of months. Students can register to join the online days through the website CareerDays.co.uk.

Students get to learn all about their chosen career in the morning from applications to job prospects and then gain some online work experience to use in their university applications in the afternoon.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Vet Career Day – Saturday 11th May 2024
  • Law Career Day – Saturday 18th May 2024
  • Performing Arts Career Day – Sunday 19th May 2024
  • Computer Science Career Day – Saturday 25th May 2024
  • Teaching Career Day – Saturday 1st June 2024
  • Medicine Career Day – Saturday 22nd June 2024
  • Midwifery Career Day – Saturday 21st September 2024
  • Dentistry Career Day – Sunday 6th October 2024

Students can visit www.careerdays.co.uk to join a session and will receive a certificate at the end of the day confirming their work experience.

Year 12 PwC Virtual Insight Programme

2931st July 2024

Are you interested in accounting, business or technology and want to explore what a career could look like in those industries? PwC’s 3-day Virtual Insight Programme will give you the opportunity to learn about their different business areas through interactive sessions.

You’ll hear from those who joined PwC straight from school or after university, as well as build your employability skills and receive support on how to approach job applications for the future.

For further information, and to apply, click here.

Career in property Summer School

25th July 2024, University of Reading
Applications close: Sunday 2nd June

This is an opportunity for Year 12 students to attend a 4-day, fully funded Summer School at the University of Reading to learn about a career in property. All food, accommodation and travel costs are covered.

The Pathways to Property Summer School allows students the chance to explore the property industry in more depth. With such a huge variety of roles, from a building surveyor or town planner to a sustainability consultant or financial analyst, there is a role to suit any skillset or personality.

  • Learn about the industry and the careers available
  • Attend taster lectures
  • Get involved in a group project and debate
  • Go on site visits
  • Meet new people
  • Experience life on a University campus

At the end of the week, if students are keen to learn more about property they can complete a funded work experience placement over October half term, gain access to an e-mentoring programme, and if they choose to apply to study Real Estate and Planning at any UK University they can apply for a bursary up to £30,000 over 3 years.

In addition, students that apply to study Real Estate at Reading University will be guaranteed a conditional contextual offer and be given £2500 on enrolment.

For further information, click here.

To apply, click here.


Careers in Creative Industries

Check out ‘Net Sixth Form Video – careers in creative industries’ from Michael Senior on Vimeo.

The video is available at https://vimeo.com/829092649



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