Virtual work experience for students

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.

Business 

PWC

Age 14-18

Creative

Halliday Fraser Munro
Age 13-17

Hunter Bevan
Secondary School Students

Investin
Age 12-18 

National Council for the training of journalists
No age range specified 

Computing, Technology and Digital

Barclays Life Skills Work experience with a digital transformation agency
Age 14-19

Cyber Discovery

Age 13-18 

Investin

Age 12-18 

National Cyber Security Centre

Age 11-19

Teach First's Work Experience Programme

For age 15+, Teach First is working with companies to provide virtual work experience to pupils nationwide,  Companies will give pupils the chance to experience their industry, and gain insight into the digital workplace. Pupils will develop awareness of the world of work and different career options.

Sidequest

No age range specified.  Design your own Video game through practical quests delivered by some of the UK’s biggest games studios, with live masterclasses, free software and a supportive online community. 

JP Morgan Chase

Age 14-18. This Software Engineering Virtual Internship provides an opportunity to explore what life is like as a Software Engineer.

Employability Skills

Teach First's Work Experience Programme
For age 15+. Teach First is working with companies to provide virtual work experience to pupils nationwide,  Companies will give pupils the chance to experience their industry, and gain insight into the digital workplace. Pupils will develop awareness of the world of work and different career options.

Barclays Life Skills - work experience with a digital transformation agency

Age 14-19

Finance

Investin

Age 12-18

PWC

Age 14-18

Barclays Life Skills - work experience with a digital transformation agency

Age 14-19

Health and Social Care

Caring in Hospitals

Age 13+ A free course with the Open University and helpful resource for those interested in Nursing, Healthcare and Allied Health Professions.

Springpod Virtual Work Experience

Age 14-19. An online platform with opportunities in a range of different vocational areas including Healthcare.

Investin

12-18 year olds 

Caring in Hospitals

Age 13.  This is a free course with the Open University and helpful resource for those interested in Nursing, Healthcare and Allied Health Professions. 

Open Learn - Free Learning from the Open University

Age 13+. Resources for those interested in finding out about different areas of work including Psychology, Childcare, Social Work, Teaching, Police and Forensic Science.

Early Years and Childcare Virtual Work Experience

Offered through CACHE, again might be more suitable for 14-16 year olds with making choices .

Law

The Lawyer Portal 

Age 14-19, as well as opportunities for University undergraduates and graduates.

Kennedys Law

Age 14+. A programme which offers real work experience as you will complete tasks to gain legal analytical skills, develop legal knowledge of the insurance industry, and learn critical legal communication, research, and drafting skills. 

Medicine

Medic Mentor

Years 10 - 12. Work experience in medicine, vet science and dentistry. Use the code Elev8Careers for free places.

Royal College of General Practitioners -

Age 16+

Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Age 13+

Premed projects

Age 14+, also suitable for University students, mature students and graduate entry to medicine.

STEM

Investin

12-18 year olds 

Operation Wallacea

Age range 14-19 (though mostly aimed at year groups 11-13).  They are now offering internships in March and April as well as August and September.  

Nuffield Research Placements with STEM employers

Year 12 students only.  Spend your summer developing your research and quantitative skills on a short project that will enhance your university application and future employment opportunities.

Thales Group

Age 16-19.  A virtual work programme to give students the opportunity to develop their understanding of STEM subjects and gain first-hand experience of the exciting career possibilities, work sectors include aerospace, defence, security and transport.

Veterinary Science

Exploring the Veterinary Profession

Age 16-18.  A virtual work experience through ‘Future Learn’ and University of Nottingham.  Free to join and applicants can access the course for 4 weeks at no cost.  However there are costs associated if they want to receive a certificate for completing or access the course for longer than 4 weeks. 

Medic Mentor Years

10 - 12. Work experience in medicine, vet science and dentistry. Use the code Elev8Careers for free places.

Various Work Experience Platforms

To find out about Virtual Work Experience placements offered in a range of different Vocational areas:

Forage

Age 14-19 and also opportunities for University students. 

Speakers for Schools

Age 14-19

Youth Opportunities

Age 16+ 

Springpod Virtual Work Experience

Age 14-19.  Online platform with opportunities for 14-19 year olds in a range of sectors including Journalism, Health, Marketing, Finance.