Work Experience Opportunities

HSBC Work Experience Programme - For Year 12 and 13 students

Designed to encourage students from different social-economic backgrounds to find out about banking with a view of joining HSBC either after university of after school through the apprenticeship or undergraduate programmes.


The programme offers a five day shadowing experience to students in the later years of full-time secondary education, sixth form or college. The programme was set up with the idea to help young people gain an insight into a professional environment, as well as the banking industry.


All Work Experience opportunities will be available through June, July and August 2019. Specific details regarding each opportunity are available on each advert, to be found here:”HSBCWE2019%22&Location=Europe


The application process will entail some online questions and if successful, a telephone interview. To help prepare for this, we recommend checking out our Application Hints and Tips page here:


Our placements will be spread out across the UK and students can list their location preferences when applying, but please note that we cannot make any guarantees on placing a student in their preferred location as this is subject to availability.


All applications should be submitted before the deadline of 27th January 2019. As places will be limited, we will be offering placements on a rolling basis, therefore students should apply early to avoid disappointment.


For further information on the programmes please see our main page here:

Smart Futures - Paid Summer Work Experience for Year 12 students

EY Foundation (an independent charity founded by the professional services firm, Ernst & Young) deliver a paid work experience programme for Year 12 students, called Smart Futures. This is a ten month programme, which starts with paid employability training and work experience. This year, the Thames Valley & South Coast programme will take place during the summer holidays. Students will gain a variety of transferable skills that will give them a head start in their career. The programme can make students more employable, helping them in their transition into work.

2019 Programme dates:

TVSC: 5th August – 23rd August 2019

As part of the programme young people are allocated a business mentor to support them throughout their final year at school/college and advise them on one of the biggest career choices they will make - the first step in their working life. Students will also be invited to a series of alumni events throughout this time.The programme aims to support young people from low income families who have a good level of academic attainment but may lack genuine opportunity and key employability skills. Below is the key eligibility criteria for the programme:

  • Currently in Year 12
  • Eligible (not necessarily claiming) free school meals at any time in the last six years.
  • Studying any combination of A-level/International Baccalaureate/BTEC Level 3s/National 5/Highers
  • Ambitious and motivated to join the world of work

Applications are now live (Click HERE for application web link), students can also register their interest by emailing – and we will contact them regarding how they can apply to the programmes.  

Winter Sports Company

Ski or Snowboard Pro Internship/Work Experience

Click here for more details.

Starmaker Costume Hire

We are looking for a work experience / or day release placement for a young person. We are a Theatre Costume Hire Store in Swallowfield. We are part of the charity called “Starmaker” who are a local drama charity working in schools. Please see Mr Buck for more information. 

NG Bailey

NG Bailey is looking to source talented young students currently studying in year 12 for a mechanical and electrical engineering-based work experience programme at our Reading office. This will take place during the October half term week (22nd -26th October).


The week will provide insight and experience into what our engineers do every day, and the potential projects a career in engineering can lead to. Students will be required to work as part of a group but also think independently to design and present building plans, as well as developing skills in multiple areas. The work experience will be hosted by NG Bailey engineers and apprentices (amongst other staff), who will mentor the successful students and provide them with the information and skills required to make the most out of the week.


Please find attached the application form to be distributed to interested students. The deadline for applications is midnight 2nd October 2017. Any forms submitted after this deadline will not be considered unless there are extenuating circumstances. Please note that a section must be filled out by a supporting teacher, and applications cannot be processed without this.


All candidates who apply will be informed whether they have been successful in their application by Monday 8th October.

Years 10 – 13: Work Experience Opportunity at a Particle Accelerator near Didcot.

We have received details about a work experience opportunity at the Diamond light source particle accelerator near Didcot. This is open to all students studying GCSEs and A-levels, but is particularly suitable to anyone considering a future career in Physics, Engineering, Biochemistry or Computer Science. See the diamond light source website, or speak with Mr Bell for more details. This is a highly competitive, yet potentially rewarding, opportunity.

FLB Accountants Work Experience Competition

FLB Accountants are a firm of independent Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors soon to be based in an office in Winnersh and currently based in Wokingham.


We are looking to recruit two new trainee accountants and is open to students who will be leaving school this year following the completion of their A-Levels. We will initially be offering pupils the chance to apply for the opportunity to have 1 weeks work experience plus £100 with the prospect of a career with us at FLB.


To apply for this opportunity we will be asking pupils to write a 500 word essay on a choice of topics relating to finance and accounting. We will then begin the selection process which will involve asking a number of successful candidates to attend our offices for a series of short assessments, including skills in using Microsoft excel, basic literacy and typing, One successful applicant from each school will then be offered to come along for the weeks work experience and to receive the £100 cash.


One of our members of staff has recently qualified as a Chartered Account at the age of 24, she joined our firm as a school leaver and has progressed through AAT and ACA to become fully qualified. We also have a junior member of staff who has been with us a year now, also a school leaver from a local school, who became successful in winning the Kaplan scholarship and is currently in the process of completing her AAT qualification.  Ultimately the role we are recruiting for would be for a trainee accountant with full training provided and excellent career progression.


We are aware that A-Level exams will start in May and finish around June time, therefore July seeming a good month to hold the work experience.


Should any of the above sound of interest to you, please contact myself or my colleague Nicola Peck at our offices on 01753 863732.

Nuffield Research Placement Scheme Summer 2018- Offers Year 12 students exciting placements in industry and at local organisations. Undertaking a 4 week programme will inspire and motivate students and help give them the skills and confidence they need to get a place at a top university. For further details contact

Royal Veterinary College are now accepting applications from students for veterinary medicine courses, starting in September 2018. The deadline for applications and work experience form submissions is 15th October 2017 at 6:00pm.

Meteorology and Environmental Physics Work Experience- The free of charge, four day programme will take place from 13th-16th February 2018.  If you are a KS4 or KS5 student who is interested in science, click here for the registration form.   

NG Bailey is looking to source talented young students currently studying in Year 12 for a mechanical and electrical engineering-based work experience programme at our Reading office. This will take place during the October half term week (22nd -26th October). Application form here.