Virtual Work Experience

What is virtual work experience?


Virtual work experience, also referred to as online, remote or digital, provides young people with the opportunity to gain experience in the workplace, develop their skills, boost their employability and explore new industries and job roles.


It’s a broad term and can include any opportunity which provides young people with an insight into what it’s like to work in an industry or job role while at home. Most virtual work experiences range from half a day to one week, but some may last longer depending on the nature of the work experience and the age of your child.


Not all virtual work experience is the same. Some are open to everyone and provide a platform for students to discover more about the job, view pre-recorded videos on what it’s like to work with the organisation, go on virtual tours and possibly take part in some live Q&A sessions. Others may require your child to go through an application process and offer regular online meetings with a supervisor, individual project work, networking sessions, training opportunities and video tutorials.


I would encourage Year 11 and Year 10 students to take advantage of some of the amazing virtual work-related opportunities available. Companies are keen to open the eyes of young people to the fast moving and fascinating world of work that awaits them and have invested considerable resources in putting together well thought out and bespoke programmes.

Many opportunities are one day only providing students with a snapshot of careers and professions they might never have considered and can be hosted by national or global companies, normally inaccessible to young people. Most companies issue certificates of completion which students can add to their CV’s and all will give students invaluable experience and help develop work relate

Which organisations offer virtual work experience?


As social distancing seems set to remain for the foreseeable future, more and more firms are beginning to provide virtual work experience opportunities to students and young people. Placements are available across several sectors including accountancy, law, marketing and the veterinary sciences. While this is by no means an exhaustive list, here are some companies and businesses currently offering virtual work experience. Click on the text to be taken directly to their website.


Barclays LifeSkills

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

Virtual Work Experience tool | Barclays LifeSkills

Cyber Discovery

A chance to learn from industry experts and take part in over 200 free cyber security challenges. Registration is currently closed, but there is an opportunity to register interest for the next intake. Cyber Discovery: HM Government's Cyber Schools Programme (joincyberdiscovery.com)

Future Learn - exploring the Veterinary profession

A two week, six hour, course that enables students to learn more about what it takes to become a vet and whether it's the right career choice for them.

Introduction to Studying Veterinary Medicine - Course - FutureLearn

Halliday Fraser Munro

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

Halliday Fraser Munro - Work Experience Zone (hfm.co.uk)

InvestIn (paid)

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. 

InvestIn | Ambition Beyond Education

Leonardo – engineering placements

A range of programmes that provide an invaluable insight into the varied career options that can be explored from studying STEM-related subjects.

Work Experience - Leonardo in the UK (leonardocompany.com)

Speakers4Schools

Recently launched, 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.

Virtual Work Experience | VWEX | Speakers for Schools

Springpod

An excellent list of free virtual work experience placement ranging from teaching to marketing.

Virtual Work Experience Search (springpod.com)

The Lawyer Portal

A list of law firms offering virtual work experience.

Virtual Work Experience for Law Students | The Lawyer Portal

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 you research all options thoroughly before applying.

Explore Work Experience - Youth Employment UK