Amec Foster Wheeler. They are one of the world’s leading engineering, project management and consultancy companies. They offer an Insight Programme, a work experience programme in engineering. It involves:
- A two- to three-day event for secondary school students
- Held during the school holidays, in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle, London and Reading
- A great introduction to the fascinating world of engineering.
Astra Zeneca offers the North West Apprentice Programme.The apprenticeship programme starts annually in September and includes positions in the following areas at the Macclesfield and Speke sites:
Manufacturing: This 2 year apprenticeship offers plant-based learning with practical, on-the-job training. You will rotate between plants and different products, working alongside industry professionals to gain a broad experience of each department.
Engineering: During this 4 year course, the first year will be based at a local college to give you the core knowledge of engineering; following college your final two years will be based at the site, working alongside a mentor to ensure plant functionality.
Pharmaceutical Development:This 3 year apprenticeship will see you working alongside leading industry experts in laboratory surroundings to formulate and create life-saving medicines to be distributed around the world.
Supply Chain: Located in the logistics team, you will be working to ensure medicines reach their final destinations both in the UK and abroad, so patients receive the medicines they need.
Quality Assurance/Control:This 3 year apprenticeship is laboratory-based with a very practical emphasis on drug testing and sampling. Your role will be to ensure the drugs manufactured at the site are safe for consumption and comply with industry standards.
To apply you need 2 A Levels grade C and above.
The Bentley Motors Ltd work experience programme is designed to offer students aged 14 -19 valuable experiences in key business areas. The programme is for students who are enthusiastic, focused on quality and who are currently studying towards qualifications related to their area of interest. They offer a variety of week-long placements in Engineering, Manufacturing and Commercial areas.
They aim to offer ten placements per month during set weeks throughout the year. Candidates applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and you can expect to hear around 7 – 14 days after initially submitting your application. Apply online.
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Costain offer work experience to 14-18 year olds in an engineering and construction environment. This will provide you with the opportunity to experience working on a project or in a head office environment where you will learn core behavioural skills such as communication, team-working, and interpersonal skills, as well gain an awareness of the breadth of roles within .
Croda. A global speciality chemical company who create ingredients and technologies that deliver performance benefits to everyday products, which are used by industry and consumers. They offer work experience placements for school and college students.
MRC Clinical Services Centre offer their A ‘level programme for 4 week in August. You complete a project based on the current work of one of their research groups, and also attend demonstrations of the facilities and techniques used throughout the Institute. Recruitment is undertaken through the Social Mobility Foundation and student stipends are funded by the Nuffield Foundation.
The Engineering Education Scheme is an EDT Programme, which links teams of four Year 12 (A’ level) students and their teacher with local companies to work on real, scientific, engineering and technological problems.
The scheme provides you with an in-depth experience in science, engineering and technology.
The programme is 6 months and includes:
- Hands-on work experience as part of a team
- Experience of problem solving, working on a project that is relevant to a local company
- Use of a university’s engineering workshops to develop, build and test solutions to the problem
- Professional skills lectures on Communications and Project Management
- The opportunity to develop technical skills and see school physics, chemistry, technology etc applied in an industrial environment
- An opportunity to meet professional and graduate engineers, scientists and technologists
- Experience in presenting your solution, in a formal verbal presentation and written technical report, to a panel of senior professional engineers
Students receive an EES National Certificate on successful completion of the programme and a Duke of Edinburgh Skills Certificate. They will also get the opportunity to compete for a British Association (BA) CREST Award.
Ideally you should be studying AS level Mathematics or Higher Mathematics, preferably with a science and/or technology subject or alternatively an appropriate vocational course. You should also have a genuine interest in science, engineering or technology, or a serious desire to discover more about it, and be able to work effectively as part of a team.
Complementary subjects such as Business Studies, Economics, IT and a foreign language are also valuable.
The project will require about 100 hours from you in total, which works out about 2-3 hours a week, in addition to the time spent at the university Residential Workshop.
GSK is a large pharmaceutical company. They offer a limited number of work experience placements for school students each year at their sites in the UK.
GSK headquarters, Brentford.
Work experience placements offered at GSK headquarters in Brentford are open to students from schools in the London Borough of Hounslow on work experience programmes organised by their school and Hounslow Education Business Partnership (HEBP). You must be in Year 10 or above at the start of the placement to be considered for a placement. Applications must be made through HEBP, which can advise you about the opportunities and application procedures.
GSK's Research & Development, Stevenage and Ware (Hertfordshire) and Harlow (Essex):
There is one annual work experience programme that offers a small number of places in the February half term. This annual programme is only open to students in Year 12 or 13 studying science and attending schools that are local to the R&D sites.
Laboratory based placements (incl Microbiology):
Students must have grade A in a GCSE science subject or combined sciences. Maths grade A GCSE level is preferable but not essential.
Students must be studying a relevant science subject at A level.
IT based placements:
Students must have grade A-C in a GCSE science subject or combined sciences.
Students must be studying ICT and/or science at A level.
Application packs are posted out to local schools in October.
JIC is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology, based in Norwich. They run a 3-day workshop called Inside Science aimed at year 11, 12 or 13 students. You must be predicted or have gained A or A* in science subjects to be eligible to apply. The workshop takes place in late September.
Places are awarded to students that demonstrate a true passion for the subject through good grades, attendance and extra-curricular activities.
Leonardo is a helicopter company, based in Yeovil Somerset, run four one-week work experience programmes, in March, April and July.
They offer 2 Work Experience Programmes in helicopters and in electronic defence. Leonardo Helicopters is offering a unique opportunity for both GCSE and A-Level students to gain an insight into the design and build of Helicopters at Yeovil. A week’s work experience will consist of a mixture of practical and theoretical activities which are designed to give students an overall understanding of engineering and business skills. Additionally, part of the week you also achieve a recognised Aerospace Industrial Cadet Award, which is a Prince of Wales initiative.
It is not a conventional week of work-shadowing; but a programme devised to act both as a general introduction to the world of work and an insight into working for Leonardo. Its interactive and fun.
Lockheed Martin specialise in the development, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The company works with more than 100 business partners and employs more than 3,000 people in the UK across 20 sites, working on a wide range of major programmes spanning the aerospace, defence and civil sectors.
They offer students the opportunity of spending up to two weeks (unpaid) working at the Havant, Farnborough or Ampthill locations. You need to send in a CV to apply and name the function you want to work in.
Mace are an are an international consultancy and construction business. They shape the cities and communities of the future by connecting clients, communities, suppliers and partners. They offer a week-long programme based at their London head office for students aged 15-17 who are looking to gain some experience in the construction industry.
- Presentations on key services and career paths including design, bidding, project management, facilities management, construction delivery and sustainability
- Interactive sessions on the career opportunities available at Mace
- Visits to some live and finished Mace projects
- On your final day you will take part in the 'Mace Challenge' which will give you the opportunity to put everything you have learned into practice.
Who are they looking for?
They would like applications from people with the following:
- An interest in the construction industry
- An inquisitive mind
- A willingness to learn and take part.
McLaren offer a very limited number of week long work experience placements to school pupils. Preference is given to those who attend schools in the immediate vicinity of a McLaren facility. Pupils should demonstrate an interest in a future career in the sector of the McLaren Company applied to.
For example, they would expect those seeking an opportunity in an Engineering division to have a genuine interest in Mathematics and Science, and to be considering a future career in Engineering.
Placements run between the months of May to July. Applications open in January.
The Met Office Anyone aged between 14 and 17 can spend a week with The Met Office to get a better understanding of what they do – much more than the weather forecasts you see on the television. As well as giving you an insight into the working world and helping to confirm career plans, you’ll spend time with their Innovation Academy which will include workshops, presentations from staff and tours of their exciting headquarters. As well as placements in science and forecasting, they have placement opportunities in other areas of the business including HR, Marketing and Finance.
Their work experience opportunities run for one week in either June or July. Applications for work experience open in late autumn and the deadline for applications tends to be the end of January. Most of the placements are based in Exeter, and they do not offer accommodation.
NNL National Nuclear Laboratory, or NNL plays a key role in the UK and global nuclear industry. That means reducing the cost of clean-up and decommissioning. Theyprovide a 1 week work experience placement.
Types of Placements
- Technical (Engineering and Scientific)
- Strategic Business Development
- Learning & Development
- Human Resources
How to Apply
- Please specify your area of interest and location
What NNL Provides
- Working in an experienced team within NNL
- Paired with a Graduate who will act as a mentor and point of contact
- CV and Covering letter review and advice
Nuffield Research Placements provide over 1,000 students each year with the opportunity to work alongside professional scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians. Students in the first year of a post-16 science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) course are eligible to apply. Placements are available across the UK, in universities, commercial companies, voluntary organisations and research institutions. They particularly encourage students who don't have a family history of going to university or who attend schools in less well-off areas. They also ensure no-one is excluded on a financial basis by covering students' travel costs. Some students may also be eligible for a weekly bursary in addition to travel expenses.
Renishaw is a global company with core skills in measurement, motion control, spectroscopy and precision machining. They run 2 schemes for A ‘level students:
Renishaw offers approximately 40 one-week work experience opportunities for year 10 and year 12 students. Preference is given to those students who are studying Maths and Science and who have an interest in Engineering. If you would like to know more details about the opportunities, telephone 01453 524524.
These placements are mainly aimed at students studying relevant AS-Levels or A-Levels. The placement durations are typically between 8 and 12 weeks and give students a valuable opportunity to develop practical skills, which will prove invaluable throughout any engineering career.
Ramboll provides school students in the United Kingdom with the opportunity to gain valuable engineering-focused work experience. They provide a work experience programme that runs throughout the year and offers access to a range of work activities.
These placements provide students with the chance to work as part of a team, introducing you to a variety of tasks including computer analysis, problem solving and site visits. The aim is to provide experience in a variety of roles, depending on the team and projects assigned.
They usually take students for a period of two weeks but provision can be made for longer periods. Each student has their own mentor who will guide them through their work and will offer any help and advice needed during the placement with us.
Rolls-Royce is a global company, providing integrated power solutions for customers in civil and defence aerospace, marine and energy markets.
They offer a work experience programme for 14-19 year olds. Applications need to be in by November. Requests need to come from the school or college, rather than directly from the student. You also need to be within a reasonable travelling distance from a Rolls-Royce site.
Sembcorp offer a wide variety of work experience opportunities to young people. They’re particularly interested in hearing from those thinking about a future career in the process industries and the energy and water sectors in particular.
They offer opportunities in the following areas for students from areas around their Teesside and Bournemouth sites:
- Fire and Security
- Power and Electrical
- Water Treatment
The Welcome Trust Sanger Institute offer 1-2 weeks work experience for 14-19 years olds working in their research labs. You need to be studying and interested in science. Placements are based within specific teams where students will observe and where possible, become involved in the work of that team. When making an application, indicate any areas you are particularly interested in and they will try and accommodate you.
Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC). The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe's largest research organisations supporting scientists and engineers world-wide. 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 e-Science. They offer work experience placements for year 10, 11 and 12. The placements take place between April and August. You need to apply between September and December. The Laboratories offer one or two week work experience placements to over 60 students each year, many from local schools and mostly year 10. Longer placements for Year 12 students are available over the summer. As far as possible you are placed depending on their interests indicated on the application form. You need to complete their online application form to apply.
The STFC operates on the following sites in the UK:
- Chilbolton Observatory
- Daresbury Laboratory
- Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
- The UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UKATC)