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.
Halliday Fraser Munro
Secondary School Students
National Council for the training of journalists
No age range specified
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.
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.
Age 14-18. This Software Engineering Virtual Internship provides an opportunity to explore what life is like as a Software Engineer.
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.
Age 13+ A free course with the Open University and helpful resource for those interested in Nursing, Healthcare and Allied Health Professions.
Age 14-19. An online platform with opportunities in a range of different vocational areas including Healthcare.
12-18 year olds
Age 13. This is a free course with the Open University and helpful resource for those interested in Nursing, Healthcare and Allied Health Professions.
Age 13+. Resources for those interested in finding out about different areas of work including Psychology, Childcare, Social Work, Teaching, Police and Forensic Science.
Offered through CACHE, again might be more suitable for 14-16 year olds with making choices .
Age 14-19, as well as opportunities for University undergraduates and graduates.
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.
Years 10 - 12. Work experience in medicine, vet science and dentistry. Use the code Elev8Careers for free places.
Age 14+, also suitable for University students, mature students and graduate entry to medicine.
12-18 year olds
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.
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.
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.
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.
10 - 12. Work experience in medicine, vet science and dentistry. Use the code Elev8Careers for free places.
To find out about Virtual Work Experience placements offered in a range of different Vocational areas:
Age 14-19 and also opportunities for University students.
Age 14-19. Online platform with opportunities for 14-19 year olds in a range of sectors including Journalism, Health, Marketing, Finance.