Virtual work experience

As social distancing seems set to remain for the foreseeable future, lots of firms are beginning to provide virtual work experience opportunities to students and young people.

There are opportunities available across various sectors including accountancy, law, marketing and the veterinary sciences. The list below sets out some companies and businesses that currently offering virtual work experience.

Barclays LifeSkills

An excellent website to help young people develop the skills they need for a better future.

Barclays LifeSkills - virtual work experience with a 'digital transformation' agency

An excellent opportunity for those interested in design to actively work with different departments on one exciting project, helping them solve problems and complete real-life tasks.

Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Suitable for those looking to apply to medical school, this virtual work placement introduces students to the NHS before exploring the roles and skill sets of six different medical specialists.

Cyber Discovery

A chance to learn from industry experts and take part in over 200 free cyber security challenges.

Halliday Fraser Munro

An online work experience programme for those interested in architecture and design.

Hunter Bevan

A remote virtual work experience with a twist. Suitable for anyone interested in developing their design or marketing skills. Feedback will be given plus a chance to feature on Hunter Bevan's website.

InsideSherpa

An excellent website which offers virtual work experience placements from a range of companies, from banking to careers in tech. Most options last up to six hours and involve tutorials, videos and activities.

InvestIn

This is a paid opportunity. Aimed at students between 14 and 18 years old, InvestIn offers an impressive array of virtual work placements involving real life work and contact with professionals. This is a paid service, and placements range from one day to one week. Prices start from £90.

National Council for the Training of Journalists

An online summer school, designed to provide an introduction to journalism for beginners. A range of topics is covered, including newsgathering, interviewing skills, media law, sports journalism and broadcasting.

National Cyber Security Centre

A website dedicated to helping the UK's next generation of cyber professionals through a variety of free courses for 11-17 year olds and exciting competitions.

Operation Wallacea

This is a paid opportunity. A range of week-long internships with live online mentoring, a daily schedule, regular deadlines and constant contact with managing staff. Prices start from £100 for 5 days and run throughout August and September.

Premed Projects Live TV

This is a paid opportunity. Suitable for students aged 14-19 and interested in Biology, Science, healthcare and / or for those considering careers in medicine. Watch live videos within the operating theatre, download exam linked worksheets, watch interviews with healthcare professionals and receive tips and advice on applications to medicine. This is a paid service (monthly subscriptions start from £12.99).

PWC

Suitable for students aged 14-18 and interested in learning more about careers in finance. The placement lasts 5 days and includes a mix of live and pre-recorded videos, project work and live Q&A sessions.

Royal College of General Practioners

Organised, by the RCGP, Observe GP is an alternative to work experience for aspiring medics aged 16 and over, who are living in the UK. It is a free interactive video platform providing insights into the role of a GP and the wider primary care team. 

Speakers4Schools

Speakers4schools aims to provide a level playing field by connecting young people to high quality virtual work placements. Register to stay up to date with their latest developments.

The Lawyer Portal

A list of law firms offering virtual work experience.

Youth Opportunities

An online platform providing a range of virtual work experiences including workshops, fellowships and internships. External companies are free to post opportunities, so we strongly recommend you encourage your child to research all options thoroughly before applying.