STEM Work Experience

Our STEM Work Experience Placements are designed to give our young scientists an insight into the working world in a STEM setting. This kind of experience is invaluable for this age group for those looking to make decisions about their employment and higher education paths. For years 10, 11 and 12 we provide placements from 1 to 4 weeks for a ‘taster’ or ‘project’ placement during the summer holidays.

Employers provide a series of opportunities for our young scientists that showcase the nature of their work and raise awareness of alternative career paths such as Higher Apprenticeships or provide a real-world project or challenge for them to tackle. Students have previously used their work experience to study for a Gold Crest Award or complete a project based on the work completed during their placement.

We have previously placed students for work experience during the summer at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology focusing on practical lab work, BMW Mini Plant Oxford to look at car production, and Magna Exteriors to see how engineering is applied practically in the consumer industry.

Under Covid, we have been unable to offer work experience placements in person. We hope to be able to relaunch this programme in the summer of 2023. To stay updated please email us at [email protected] or sign up to our newsletter.

Eleanor did a research project investigating invasive crustacea species at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Brandon did an apprenticeship placement with the Engineering department of Oxford University

Olivia did a research project with CROWN to look at whether pyrolysis could be used for coating identification

I had a great couple of days, very challenging and inspiring. I was really pleased with the level of student engagement. Thank you for your efforts and the opportunity to be involved!

John, a volunteer

Many thanks to the companies who hosted placements in 2019:

Abbott, Auberge du Chocolat, BMW Mini, Green Biologics,  Chiltern Rangers, Dunn School of Pathology,  Imageworks, Olamalu, Skanska, Specsavers, Viridor, Oxford University Museum of Natural History and Oxford University Engineering.