A guide to virtual work experience

Get Career Confident has brought together into one place, a range of virtual work experience opportunities available to young people. We do not run virtual work experience placements. We research and list established organisations offering placements but we are not involved in their running and cannot take responsibility for the placement experience. 

Please read this before you start your virtual work experience research.
 
First things first. Watch our 'Why do Work Experience' How To video to get an idea of the importance and value of a work experience opportunity. Briefly, work experience helps you:

  • reality check your interest in a career area
  • develop new skills
  • make connections with people and employers that can benefit you in the future

Secondly, virtual work experience is very different from a typical 'face to face' work experience.  There are some fantastic benefits to this – you can experience work places you might not normally be able to access (as they are far from where you live for example) but there are some downsides too (you won't get the same experience of working face to face with other people).

We really recommend you take advantage of some of the fantastic virtual opportunities available and you never know one may lead to a face to face experience and even a job in the future!
 
Cyber Safety

Before you apply to any of these placements/experiences, it is really important that you discuss these with your teacher/parent/carer and let them know what you would like to do.  It is essential that you adopt a cyber safety approach at all times and that you discuss with your teacher/parent/carer when sharing your contact details (for example, some programmes ask you to sign up).
 
Things to Consider

  1. It will be virtual.  You will not be physically going to this placement.
  2. Virtual work experience placements vary greatly in terms of what you can do.  Some for example, may consist of powerpoint or youtube videos for you to watch, others may have a series of assignments for you to complete and submit (and receive feedback) within a given time frame. Some last a couple of hours, some last for several days or longer. Some may have live elements on specific days others can be done whenever you like.
  3. Think about what you want from the placement. Some are focused on helping you learn about a particular career or employer, others more on developing specific employability skills e.g. customer service, organisation, problem solving, etc.
  4. You may only want to explore a specific sector e.g. health.  Try and explore other sectors/placements too as these could provide you with an experience that helps to develop your employability skills.
  5. Look at the placement(s) carefully and make sure you can commit to the expectations of the course.
  6. You can do more than one placement (with different providers).  Although it is not recommended that you take on more that one at a time.
  7. Do your research! Carefully read what the placement offers and ask yourself if it is the right placement for you. 
  8. Remember you can include these experiences on your CV, so a virtual work experience is perfect for those of you who don't yet have any work experience.
  9. You will have to sign up for placements. Sometimes you may have to wait until the placement runs again. If you provide your email, the company will let you know when the placement is open next. 
  10. A few virtual work experience placements charge for the service.  This should be clear on the website.   Make sure you check that your parents/carers are ok to pay this and/or check if there are bursaries so you can do it for free.   

When can you do it

One of the benefits of virtual work experience is you can decide to do it independently in your own time, and you can do more than one placement.

Your school/college may also have a targeted work experience week during the school term. Your school may ask you to identify a virtual work experience to do during that week. However you may find that the work experience you are interested in is not available during that specific week so you may need to complete it in your own (not in school) time as well as finding something to do during the specific 'work experience' week.  This might be in school/college holidays or you might have to complete the tasks in the evenings/weekends in term time.  Remember, this shows a potential employer or university that you are prepared to commit to things and taking part will look good on your CV.
 
We hope you have a fantastic time in whatever experience you choose and let us know how it goes via chat or on Instagram!

Now click on the different sections below to see what opportunities are available!

Business and Finance

Barclays Life Skills - work experience with a digital transformation agency

Who might be interested in this?
Banking career pathways are explored and also the wider world of work.  The website also promotes the function of a digital transformation agency-  a firm which helps companies to incorporate digital technology in their operations in such a way that it enhances their customers' experience.

Key areas of work
Increased awareness and development of skills needed for the workplace (including problem solving skills) and how to become a successful job applicant.

Age groups who can apply
Aged 14+

Type of Experience
A range of links to pages that will help you to understand the world of work.  Lots of little tasks that will build up your employability skills and awareness of the workplace.

Top Tip
Check out the “I want” section at the top of the web page  as it offers you looks of useful links such as: “I want to raise my awareness of how the world of work is changing.”

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PWC

Who might be interested in this?
Finance Sector and Business career pathways.  This is a large company that has many types of jobs within it (including legal and digital).  You can explore these different roles on this site.  It gives you a better understanding of how a company from this sector works.

Key areas of work
Insurance, Pensions, Banking. Problem Solving, Tax, Legal, Audits, and Client support.

Age groups who can apply
Years 10, 11, 12 and 13

Type of Experience
Offers pre recorded content and specific live dates with information about the finance industry and to learn about the company.   Information on different work roles and how to apply for jobs.

Top Tip
Check out the extra links section -this gives you lots of useful information about this company and types of jobs within it.

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Creative (Architecture, Design, Marketing)

Barclays Life Skills Work experience with a digital transformation agency

Who might be interested in this?
Banking career pathways are explored and also the wider world of work.  The website also promotes the function of a digital transformation agency-  a firm which helps companies to incorporate digital technology in their operations in such a way that it enhances their customers' experience.  Digital awareness skills developed.

Key areas of work
Increased awareness and development of skills needed for the workplace (including problem solving skills) and how to become a successful job applicant.

Age groups who can apply
Aged 14+

Type of Experience
A range of links to pages that will help you to understand the world of work.  Lots of little tasks that will build up your employability skills and awareness of the workplace.

Top Tip
Check out the “I want” section at the top of the web page  as it offers you looks of useful links such as: “I want to raise my awareness of how the world of work is changing.”

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Halliday Munro (Architecture and Design)

Who might be interested in this?
Creatives. Students interested in architecture and design. Students who enjoy problem solving. 

Key areas of work
A chance to work on a design brief, use new software (sketchup/revit) which you can download for free, and apply your problem solving and creative thinking skills.   Students can submit their designs once complete. 

Age groups who can apply
Students aged 13-17

Type of Experience
Students can choose from one of two projects. The Design Work Experience – made up of two tasks, the first to get you familiar with SketchUp and the second to design a house for a celebrity. (Approximate time to complete – 30 hours). The Technical Work Experience  to design and construct a new-build contemporary extension using Revit. (Approximate time to complete – 30 hours).

Top Tip
You will need to be prepared to commit the time (30 hours) to this one as you will need to think through the design challenges carefully.

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Hunter Bevan (Branding Design and Graphic Marketing)

Who might be interested in this?
Creatives.  Business Studies/Marketing students. Students interested in design and/or marketing.

Key areas of work
Students can choose from a marketing brief and/or a design brief for a fictitious motor dealer, based on a real-life project.  Students can do one or both if they wish.

Age groups who can apply
Year 10 students

Type of Experience
This is a  remote ‘virtual work experience.’ The company has created two briefs that highlight the experience of the real world of virtual home-working – this experience replicates the type of work their full-time staff are doing at the moment.

Top Tip
Download the brief- found at the bottom of the page. Students submit their work once they have completed it.

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National Council for the training of journalists

Who might be interested in this?
Any student wanting to understand journalism in greater depth (media studies students, writers, journalists, students interested in law and the media, etc).

Key areas of work
Developing an understanding of journalism through a series of online masterclasses.  Topics include: newsgathering skills, media law, techniques for an effective interview, and how to tell a news story.

Age groups who can apply
No age range specified

Type of Experience
A series of masterclass video., Each video will provide viewers with an insight into a different area of the industry, or a different journalistic discipline. The initiative will offer a grounding in basic skills, paving the way for participants to consider studying for a journalism qualification via distance learning or an NCTJ-accredited course.

Top Tip
You can sign up for the NCTJ eJournalism newsletter to get monthly updates on the world of journalism. Sign up to the NCTJ youtube channel for the masterclasses.

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Construction

Introduction to Carpentry

Who might be interested in this?
A free introduction to Carpentry - a good way to start to learn about the subject.

Key areas of work
Study several modules including: introduction to carpentry, building materials; fasteners and adhesives; and hand and power tools.

Age groups who can apply
Not specified.

Type of Experience
Study a series of modules and complete the assessment at the end.  Approximately 2-3 hours of study.

Top Tip
If you want a certificate upon your completion of the course- you will be expected to pay for it.

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Introduction to the Electrical Trade

Who might be interested in this?
A free introduction to the Electrical trade - a good way to start to learn about the subject.

Key areas of work
Study several modules including: introduction to the electrical trade, electrical safety, electrical circuits, and electrical theory.

Age groups who can apply
Not specified

Type of Experience
Study a series of modules and complete the assessment at the end. Approximately 2-3 hours of study.

Top Tip
If you want a certificate upon your completion of the course- you will be expected to pay for it.

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Introduction to Masonry (bricklaying, etc)

Who might be interested in this?
A free introduction to Masonry - a good way to start to learn about the subject.

Key areas of work
Study several modules including: Introduction to masonry, masonry tools and equipment, and measurements and drawings.

Age groups who can apply
Not specified 

Type of Experience
Study a series of modules and complete the assessment at the end.  Approximately 2-3 hours of study.

Top Tip
If you want a certificate upon your completion of the course- you will be expected to pay for it.

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Introduction to Plumbing

Who might be interested in this?
A free introduction to Plumbing - a good way to start to learn about the subject.

Key areas of work
Study several modules including: the plumbing profession, plumbing safety, hazard communication and tool safety and environment. 

Age groups who can apply
Not specified

Type of Experience
Study a series of modules about plumbing and complete the assessment at the end. Approximately 2-3 hours of study.

Top Tip:
If you want a certificate upon your completion of the course- you will be expected to pay for it.

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Digital, Cyber technology, Software Design and Software Engineering

Cyber Discovery

Who might be interested in this?
Students interested in cyber security, software development, cyber technology, programming  and linked professions.

Key areas of work
Students learn to master technical skills and security concepts, as a gateway to the industry.  Students will tackle hundreds of hours’ worth of cyber security challenges, tasks and games across three stages. As students progress through the programme, the challenges get harder. The learning material and resources you need will be provided to help you to progress at your own pace during each stage.

Age groups who can apply
Ages 13-18

Type of Experience
Students take on the role as an agent for the virtual Cyber Protection Agency, where they will stop criminal gangs who are using their cyber skills to do damage online. Students will have a go at real-world cyber attacks, learning how cyber security experts play a vital role in protecting our hospitals, banks, army, and police services.

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CyberFirst courses

Who might be interested in this?
Those interested in Cyber technology and security.

Key areas of work
CyberFirst covers a broad range of activities: a bursary scheme to financially support undergraduates through university;  a degree apprenticeship scheme; a girls' only competition and thousands of free places on CyberFirst courses at UK universities and colleges. Each activity is designed to seek out people with potential, offering the support, skills, experience and exposure needed to be the future first line of defence in our CyberFirst world.

Age groups who can apply
Ages 11-17

Type of Experience
Students on the CyberFirst Futures course will cover: exploring the motivations for cyber attacks, how to protect yourself from cyber attacks, developing knowledge and understanding of networks, how to protect a network from attack and how to make resources available and secure to others.

Top Tip
Explore the different courses listed and find the one that is right for you.

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iDEA

Who might be interested in this?
The Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award, known as iDEA is a programme that helps you develop digital, enterprise and employability skills for free. Through a series of online challenges, you can win career-enhancing badges, unlock new opportunities and, ultimately, gain industry-recognised Awards that help you stand out from the crowd

Key areas of work
Students get a chance to: Enhance your skills and knowledge, Improve your digital literacy, Learn about staying safe online, Discover talents you didn’t know you had, and Get more confident with technology.

Age groups who can apply
Learners who are 13 and under should only use iDEA if they have confirmed that their parent, guardian, carer or teacher has granted them permission to access iDEA. To confirm they've had permission, they will need to provide the name and email address of their parent, guardian, carer or teacher. They will be prompted to enter the parent/guardian/carer/teacher email address after they have signed up and before they start doing iDEA Badges.

Type of Experience
You can work your way towards various ‘badges’ in IT safety, digital creativity and techniques to gain more knowledge and skills in coding and cyber security. If you complete enough points in the same section, you will obtain an online badge

Top Tip
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JP Morgan Chase (Software Engineer/Virtual Internship)

Who might be interested in this?
Students interested in developing an understanding of what it is like to work as a software engineer, troubleshooting problems and devising creative responses to these.

Key areas of work
Problem solving skills will be developed.  You will explore what life is like as a JPMorgan Chase software engineer. 

Age groups who can apply
Ages 14-18

Type of Experience
Throughout the virtual experience, you'll familiarize yourself with JPMorgan Chase frameworks and apply your technical skills to a hypothetical request from the firm’s trading floor to analyse and visualise data in a new way.

Top Tip
The experience takes about five hours to complete, but you can go at your own pace.  You will receive a certificate of completion award, recognising the tech skills demonstrated.

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Sidequest

Who might be interested in this?
Students interested in: Games design, software development, creatives, artists, etc

Key areas of work
Problems solving, creative thinking activities and using software to develop a computer game.

Age groups who can apply
No age range specified.

Type of Experience
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.  If you are just starting out, you can download GameMaker Studio 2. It’s perfect for beginners and Sidequest have created a range of simple GameMaker tutorials with Sumo Digital to get you started.  Download the worksheets and tutorial game assets and watch the video so you know the basics and can start joining in with bi-weekly quests.

Top Tip
You will need to think about committing one week of your time to complete these tasks.

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Hair and Beauty

ECO Hair and Beauty

Who might be interested in this?
The online ‘salon’ is for hairdressers and trainees to explore. By clicking on different areas of the salon you will learn about eco-friendly/sustainable techniques and products.

Key areas of work
The online ‘salon’ is for hairdressers and trainees to explore. By clicking on different areas of the salon you will learn about eco-friendly/sustainable techniques and products.

Age groups who can apply
Not specified

Type of Experience
Read through the PowerPoint and learn about this eco approach to hairdressing.

Top Tip
Expected to take 20 minutes to 1 hour to complete. You can claim for a certificate upon completion of this short course.

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Health and Social Care

Caring in Hospitals

Who might be interested in this?
This is a free course with the Open University and helpful resource for those interested in Nursing, Healthcare and Allied Health Professions.

Key areas of work
You will complete three modules and a series of assignments, all of which will give you a better understanding of working life in a hospital.

Age groups who can apply
Age 13 and above

Type of Experience
This free course, considers the type of care offered in hospitals, using Leeds General Hospital as a case study. The course looks at the people who have roles within the hospital, how they interact with each other and patients, and what they consider to be 'care'. The different approaches and contributions to care by doctors and nurses are explored and patients give their perspective on the care they receive.

Top Tip
This course is expected to take you about 8 hours of study.  You will be sent a statement of completion once you have finished the course.

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Early Years and Childcare Virtual Work Experience

Who might be interested in this?
A free, immersive experience for all Early Years learners and trainee Childcare and Nursery Assistants.

Key areas of work
Understand the health and safety factors involved in working with children in a nursery, with the NurseryVue app.

Age groups who can apply
Suitable for 14-16 year olds

Type of Experience
This provides an accurate, true-to-life picture of what it’s like to work in a nursery setting. Topics include: food and nutrition; physical care routines; unwell children; risks and hazards.  The NurseryVue app builds learner confidence and prepares you for work experience by exploring childcare health and safety issues and solutions.

Top Tip
Offered through CACHE. Download the Nursery Vue app. Each topic has a short introduction, an interactive exercise within the nursery, and multiple choice questions at the end.

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First Aid

Who might be interested in this?
A free online course delivered by the University of Glasgow and Futurelearn. Knowledge in First Aid is useful for all walks of life and different careers. It will obviously also be incredibly useful if you are considering a career in healthcare.     

Key areas of work
Get an introduction to basic first aid, including how to help someone who is choking, with this first aid course.  During this course, you will learn how to: explain why first aid is a vital skill and know when to apply it, describe how to recognise and manage the non-breathing unconscious patient, describe how to recognise and manage the breathing unconscious patient, describe how to manage an acute bleed, summarise how to help someone who is choking and discuss how to build on first aid skills.

Age groups who can apply
Age 13 and over

Type of Experience
This 2-week course is a basic guide to first aid.  This course will hopefully provide you with a solid foundation of basic first aid skills and knowledge but it is by no means a substitute for official First Aid training.

Top Tip
You will get free access to complete this course in 4 weeks.  If you want a certificate or longer time to access the course, there will be charges for this.

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Open Learn - Free Learning from the Open University

Who might be interested in this
Resources for those interested in finding out about different areas of work including Psychology, Childcare, Social Work, Sport, Teaching, Police and Forensic Science.

Key areas of work
Explore the different courses to find out the topics available. For example see links below.

Age groups who can apply
Age 13 and above

Type of Experience
You generate a range of knowledge based upon your topic of study.

Top Tip
Take time to look through the large range of courses. Courses vary in length.  You get a statement of completion once you have finished the course.

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Introduction to Psychology

 

Interview with a Social Worker

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

Who might be interested in this?
If you are in Y11, Y12 or Y13 or equivalent, living in the UK, and are interested in a career within the NHS.

Key areas of work   This virtual resource that will assist you in carrying out alternative work experience. The resource contains information on a variety of job roles within the NHS, both clinical and non-clinical.The presentation includes: personal experiences from Sheffield Hospitals Teaching staff, links to videos from the wider NHS, virtual reality work experience platforms, courses and useful links.

Age groups who can apply
Years 11, 12 and 13

Type of Experience
Offers the opportunity for you to attend a live virtual event (or recorded) to listen to professionals talk about their career and answer questions put to them by the attendees. Professional areas taking part are Dentistry, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing, Pharmac, Apprenticeships, Allied Health Professionals, Healthcare Science and non clinical careers.

Top Tip
Pre-recorded presentation, PowerPoints and links to broaden your awareness and understanding of careers in the NHS.

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Hospitality and Travel

British Airways

Who might be interested in this?
This link provides a brief introduction to the work carried out at BA

Key areas of work
Complete the modules on topics such as: Introducing BA, Employability Know-how, and Confidence and Well-being. 

Age groups who can apply
Not specified

Type of Experience
Completion of modules to raise your awareness of skills and knowledge needed to work within BA.

Top Tip
It is possible for you to message members of staff within BA and ask them questions about different sectors (see mentors page). 

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Law

Jacksons

Who might be interested in this?
Students interested in understanding more about the legal profession.

Key areas of work
Students respond to a range of legal questions and submit their answers.

Age groups who can apply
School students (first tier questionnaire activity- Private Client) and University students (second tier activity-Property).

Type of Experience
They have created a series of questionnaires based on two areas of law in which they specialise; Private Client and Property.  They are split into tiers, with the first tier being accessible to all students and tiers two and three being aimed at university students.

Top Tip
This experience was originally set up in 2020- email the company to see if the virtual opportunity still exists.

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Kennedys Law

Who might be interested in this?
Anyone interested in understanding what it might be like to work for a law firm.

Key areas of work
Develop an understanding of what it is to like to work in a law firm.  Complete modules such as: Prepare a witness statement that can be used in a litigated claim (developing your legal analysis skills), Assist with a client pitch presentation (developing your legal knowledge of the insurance industry) , Leave a voicemail for a client (developing professional communication skills), Draft a memo on the effect of a “force majeure” clause ( Developing legal research and drafting skills).

Age groups who can apply
Age 14+

Type of Experience
The four module programme 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.

Top Tip
Expected to take 5-6 hours to complete. The programme takes around six hours and can be completed at your own pace from any location.  Once complete, you will receive a certificate that you can reference on your CV.

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The Lawyer Portal

Who might be interested in this?
It will give you a real-life insight into life at a law firm.  Key areas of work. These schemes are designed by legal professionals to replicate real-life work that a trainee solicitor may carry out.

Age groups who can apply
Age 14-19, as well as opportunities for University undergraduates and graduates.

Type of Experience
All you have to do is enrol on the programme at a time where you have the requisite free time to carry the tasks out meaningfully.

Top Tip
Take time to explore the different companies. Different placements have various time deadlines for their assignments.

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Medicine

Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Who might be interested in this?
This course provides a 'virtual' work experience for those looking to apply to medical school.

Key areas of work 
Students complete a series of modules on health topics such as: the NHS, Elderly Medicine, Mental Health, Surgery, and Emergency Medicine.

Age groups who can apply
Age 13+

Type of Experience
The aim of this work experience course is to provide you with insights into six different medical specialities, whilst highlighting both the key skills required to work within those areas, as well as some of the challenges faced.  The content is delivered through presentations, videos, quizzes and interactivity activities.

Top Tip
Students can work at their own pace. There is no deadline! As a guide, it may take between 7-9 hours to complete.

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Medic Mentor (Doctors, Vets and Dentists)

Who might be interested in this?
Mentoring/scholarship programme for students interested  in careers in:  medicine, vet science and dentistry.

Key areas of work/advice
What is it like to be a doctor/dentist/vet?  Perspectives from recent successful and Current applicants.  CV Building.  Getting Work Experience.  Personal Statements. Interviews. How to access Medical Medical Awards, Prizes, Leadership Programmes, and Scholarships to study Medicine at University.

Age groups who can apply
Years 10 - 12.

Type of Experience
This is a mentoring programme to help students proceed with their applications into these professions.

Top Tip
There is a £50 registration fee- but use the code Elev8Careers for free places.

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Royal College of General Practitioners

Who might be interested in this?
Students interested in medical/healthcare career pathways.

Key areas of work 
Students observe and reflect upon the role of the GP and wider primary healthcare team while completing a reflective diary/journal.

Age groups who can apply
Age 16+

Type of Experience
A free interactive video platform providing insights into the role of a GP and the wider primary care team.  A chance for students to show on the Medical school applications that they have gained an understanding of some of the realities of medicine and that they have witnessed and developed the core values and attributes needed to study medicine.

Top Tip
Estimated that it will take 2.5 hours to complete the platform activities. Students download and complete a reflective diary/journal while completing Observe GP.

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Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

Who might be interested in this?
If you are in Y11, Y12 or Y13 or equivalent, living in the UK, and are interested in a career within the NHS.

Key areas of work   This virtual resource that will assist you in carrying out alternative work experience. The resource contains information on a variety of job roles within the NHS, both clinical and non-clinical.The presentation includes: personal experiences from Sheffield Hospitals Teaching staff, links to videos from the wider NHS, virtual reality work experience platforms, courses and useful links.

Age groups who can apply
Years 11, 12 and 13

Type of Experience
Offers the opportunity for you to attend a live virtual event (or recorded) to listen to professionals talk about their career and answer questions put to them by the attendees. Professional areas taking part are Dentistry, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing, Pharmac, Apprenticeships, Allied Health Professionals, Healthcare Science and non clinical careers.

Top Tip
Pre-recorded presentation, PowerPoints and links to broaden your awareness and understanding of careers in the NHS.

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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths)

KPMG (Data Analytics)

Who might be interested in this?
In this online program, you will get to complete similar work that our Graduates do at KPMG. You will learn what it is like working at one of the world’s best data analytics team, and build skills required to excel as an analytics consultant.

Key areas of work
The KPMG Data Analytics Virtual Internship is designed to help you gain a practical insight into the work at KPMG and it is an opportunity for you to build your career skills and experience.

Age groups who can apply
Ages 14-19

Type of Experience
5-6 hours to complete. The modules each contain a project for you to complete. Each task comes with video instructions from a KPMG employee. View real work examples from the KPMG team to learn from.

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Nuffield Research Placements with STEM employers

Who might be interested in this?
A project that will continue throughout the Summer of year 12. A chance to develop your STEM research and quantitative skills on a short project that will enhance your university application and future employment opportunities.  By taking part, you will complete a meaningful and rewarding experience that will develop your research, critical thinking, planning, time management and communication skills

Key areas of work
This is an independent study support package consisting of online module assignments designed to develop essential professional, research, data and numeracy skills.  There will be collaboration with a knowledge expert on a ‘live’ research question relating to an area of science, quantitative social science, computing, technology, engineering or maths (or a combination!) to develop your essential STEM skills and result in a research poster & report.  There will be a a timetable of optional supplementary workshops and webinars that are geared towards careers guidance and training on key topics e.g. Python programming language

Age groups who can apply
Year 12 students only.

Type of Experience
Given the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the continuously shifting circumstances, the Nuffield Research Placements (NRP) programme has been adapted so that an entirely virtual programme model can now be offered to students.

Top Tip
Important- Make sure you check to see if you are eligible for this opportunity.  See if you can apply at the Nuffield eligibility tool on the link below. Students can take part in a placement at no cost. Travel costs are reimbursed and students may be eligible to receive a £200 bursary.

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Eligibility tool 

Operation Wallacea

Who might be interested in this?
Students interested in developing employability skills within the context of: Business, Geography, Medicine, and Project Management (see specific internship opportunities listed on website).

Key areas of work.
Students will be expected to be available for 5 full working days, starting at 9am (UK time) on the first day of the placement.  The tuition, training and work required will take on average 6 hours per day. There will be a mixture of tutorials, discussions and practical tasks.

Age groups who can apply
Courses are designed for students aged 16-18, but the organisation can adapt internships for those older or at a university level. Contact organisation for more details.

Type of Experience
Placements will be run entirely online, recreating a genuine work-from-home environment via a carefully managed daily schedule, regular deadlines and constant contact with managing staff via remote working software including Microsoft Teams. Placements are designed to give students an insight into working life and develop a range of core skills that are both directly relevant to careers in STEM and transferable to many other career paths.

Top Tip
Please note that there is a cost/fee to sign up to these opportunities.  They are now offering internships in March and April as well as August and September 2021. 

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Thales Group

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.

Who might be interested in this?
Any student who would like to get a better understanding of industries and how they use STEM. 

Key areas of work
The programme will give you the opportunity to challenge and develop your understanding of STEM subjects, whilst gaining first-hand experience of the exciting career possibilities that these industries can offer.  There are many different companies and you will need to research these to find which ones interest you the most.

Age groups who can apply
Ages 16-19. (years 11, 12, 13).

Type of Experience
Places are available for applicants aged 16-19 and we have opportunities across six different sites in the UK

Top Tip
Work experience roles are live until the 31st March 2021.  Look at the full list of opportunities at the link below.

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Opportunities list

Veterinary Science

Exploring the Veterinary Profession

Who might be interested in this?
A virtual work experience through ‘Future Learn’ and University of Nottingham.   Learn what it takes to become a vet and explore the challenges of the vet profession to decide if it's the right career for you.  This course is designed for students considering a degree in veterinary medicine and science. The course will also benefit anyone considering a role within the wider veterinary team.

Key areas of work
This will be a virtual experience and there will be a range of assignments to complete on the different topics covered.  Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities.

Age groups who can apply
Age 16-18

Type of Experience
During this virtual placement, you will: explore the history of the veterinary profession,  describe how to become a veterinary surgeon, what it involves and the time it takes,  identify important skills and qualities required and provide examples of why these are important,  summarise the organisation of the veterinary profession, discuss the roles of the wider veterinary team, and investigate current and future challenges in veterinary medicine and science.

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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. You will need to submit your email and you will be informed when you have a place on the course.  If you scroll down the webpage, there will be some introductory videos to give you an idea of what the course will be like.

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Platforms Offering Placements across a range of Sectors and Employability Skill Development

Barclays Life Skills Work experience with a digital transformation agency

Who might be interested in this?
Banking career pathways are explored and also the wider world of work.  The website also promotes the function of a digital transformation agency-  a firm which helps companies to incorporate digital technology in their operations in such a way that it enhances their customers' experience.  Digital awareness skills developed.

Key areas of work
Increased awareness and development of skills needed for the workplace (including problem solving skills) and how to become a successful job applicant.

Age groups who can apply
Aged 14+

Type of Experience
A range of links to pages that will help you to understand the world of work.  Lots of little tasks that will build up your employability skills and awareness of the workplace.

Top Tip
Check out the “I want” section at the top of the web page  as it offers you looks of useful links such as: “I want to raise my awareness of how the world of work is changing.”

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Careers and Enterprise Company

Who might be interested in this?
This link explores a variety of types of work and also employability skills. You don’t need to register. Click on the tab which says “Monday” and complete the 4 lessons on that. You then choose at least 1 of the other days (for example Thursday) and complete the 4 lessons.

Key areas of work
A variety of types of work considered. 

Age groups who can apply
Not specified

Type of Experience
Learn about different areas of the workplace including: human resources, recruitment and marketing.

Top Tip
Make sure you study the “Friday” lessons -as these explore what it means to be an effective leader, how to create an impactful CV and how to recognise and demonstrate employability skills. You don’t register on this so you must let your careers teacher know if you choose this option and which days you will be working through – they will then be able to access a certificate on your behalf.

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Forage

A range of placements with Fortune 500 companies

Who might be interested in this? 
Virtual work experience programs that contain real industry tasks, to develop transferable skills for workplace readiness.

Key areas of work
A range of work placements see choices here

Age groups who can apply
Ages 14-19 and also opportunities for University students

Type of Experience
Virtual work experience programs replicate work at top companies, and connect students to the companies themselves. In only 5-6 hours, learn relevant tools and skills necessary to complete tasks that replicate an employee’s work day.

Top Tip
This is a free Service.  Learn highly relevant skills in your own time, at your own pace.

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Investin

Placements offered in a range of different Vocational areas

Who might be interested in this?
This platform offers placements across a range of professions including: Architecture, Art, Computer Science, Dentistry, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Fashion Design, Filmmaking, International Development, Investment Banking, Journalism, Law, Management Consultancy, Marketing, Medicine, Music, Politics, Psychology, Publishing & Veterinary Science.

Key areas of work
A wide range of professions offered. See links on website for more information.

Age groups who can apply
Ages 12-18.

Type of Experience
The programmes contain a blend of interactive simulations, company visits, seminars, networking sessions and career coaching advice, all carefully curated and delivered by experts from those industries who want to help the next generation of talent succeed.

Top Tip
There’s a cost to programmes but bursaries are available.  Programmes take place 3 times a year; Autumn (November), Spring (March) and Summer (July-August).  Look at the FAQ link below.

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IGD

IGD’s virtual work experience programme provides insight into the diverse range of opportunities the food and grocery industry has to offer and helps participants develop the skills they need through live interactive workshops and hands-on projects.  Work Experience weeks take place in May, July and November. The next week is 24-28 May 2021 and registrations are now open!  Your teacher will need to register you for this project.

Who might be interested in this? 
This work experience offers the opportunity to develop a range of employability skills including: problem solving and communication/marketing. There is a focus over the course of the week on the following areas: Tuesday- Marketing and Sales, Wednesday-Engineering, Thursday: IT & Digital, and Friday - Employability skills Masterlcass.

Key areas of work
There are three project briefs to choose from: Health – Pitch an idea and marketing campaign for a new plant-based snack; Sustainability – Pitch an idea for a reusable packaging solution for a well-known product; Technology – Pitch an idea to apply new or emerging technology to solve an in-store customer challenge. Projects are optional and you are not expected to have any previous knowledge or experience.

Age groups who can apply
Year 10, Year 11, Sixth-form or Further Education

Type of Experience
Join this virtual work experience week to gain skills and experience to add to your CV, and expand your network, by interacting with industry professionals. The work experience takes place over the course of a week. It is comprised of: Daily live masterclasses that take place Monday to Friday, 10.30am to 12 midday and an optional project task that is completed during the week. You can then choose a masterclass that interests you on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. You can also attend all five masterclasses.

Top Tip
Teachers and Careers Leaders must register their students to take part.

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Speakers for Schools

Who might be interested in this?
Anyone wanting to develop a greater understanding of the world of work.

Key areas of work
A range of virtual work experience opportunities available.

Age groups who can apply
Age 14-19

Type of Experience
Students can take part in their placement using Google Classroom. Students can be given tips on interviews, applications, and be given assignments to complete.  You will be able to hear a range of inspirational speakers.

Top Tip
You will need to register and you can request that you are sent updates on work experience opportunities.

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Springpod Virtual Work Experience

A range of opportunities available including health and business.

Who might be interested in this?
Any student wanting to develop their employability skills and get a better understanding of the world of work.

Key areas of work
A range of sectors including Journalism, Health, Marketing, Finance.

Age groups who can apply
Age 14-19

Type of Experience
Varies according to placement.

Top Tip
Explore the “Open” and “Upcoming placements” listings to see which ones interest you.

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Teach First Work Experience Programme

A range of experiences including legal charity and teaching.

Who might be interested in this?
Different virtual placements available with various companies.  Different interests and skills developed e.g. law, problem solving, communication, etc.

Key areas of work
International LAW FIRM-ASHURST. Summer 2021 Programme offers year 12 a two week programme where students develop a range of skills and knowledge appropriate to working in the industry.

Age groups who can apply
Students aged 15+, year 12 and 13

Type of Experience
Work with different departments, developing a range of employability skills.  A chance to experience an industry, and gain insight into the digital workplace.  Pupils will develop awareness of the world of work and different career options.

Top Tip: Explore the Opportunities link for placements.

Please note: Applications for ASHURST LAW-Placement closed for 2021.

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