Work Experience

Science Oxford’s STEM World of Work Programme aims to provide information and guidance about the wide diversity of STEM careers and work experience opportunities in STEM businesses.

STEM World of Work currently includes the following:

  • STEM Horizons – A web based careers resource featuring Oxfordshire STEM businesses and individuals
  • STEM Experience Week – An organised week of work experience at a variety of STEM businesses for year 10 students
  • STEM Research Placements – 3-4 week work placements for year 12 students during the summer holidays
  • STEM Apprentice placements – 2-4 week work placements for students in years 11 and 12 or first year of college

STEM Horizons

STEM Horizons is a careers resource for 13-19 year olds and their teachers, which uses case studies of Oxfordshire businesses and individuals to demonstrate the breadth and variety of STEM careers in the local area.

Science Experience Week

The STEM Experience Week includes day/half day visits to a range of STEM businesses in the region. Students learn about the science relating to that company and the career opportunities available, they take part in site tours and try out hands-on activities linked to the business. The next SEW will take place between 9 and 13 October 2017 and is exclusively for students attending year 11 at Wheatley Park School and Cherwell School, Oxford.

Many thanks to all the businesses who took part last year.

Atkins, Crowcon, Diamond Light Source, Green Biologics, Immunocore, Laing O’Rourke, OUH Department of Microbiology, OUH Department of Radiation and Medical Physics, Oxford University Department of Oncology, Oxford University Department of Physics, Prodrive, Sharp Laboratories of Europe, Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Toumaz, Viridor, Wellcome Trust and MRC Harwell.

For further information contact [email protected]

STEM Research Placements

STEM Research Placements are hosted by STEM businesses and academic institutions and are aimed at students in year 12 thinking about studying a STEM subject at university. Research projects last between 3 and 4 weeks and students are entered for a British Science Association Gold CREST Award.

Example projects carried out last year included:

  • 3D imaging of stroke patient CT scans with Brainomix in Oxford
  • Investigating the Evolution of Flight with the Museum of Natural History
  • Looking at Nuclear waste management with Amec Foster Wheeler

CREST Gold student guide

STEM Apprentice Placements

STEM Apprentice Placements are aimed at young people in year 11 or 12 who would like to know more about STEM apprenticeships. The placements are hosted by STEM businesses and academic institutions and last between 2 – 4 weeks. Students experience different departments in an organisation and get the chance to meet and work with their current apprentices.

All STEM placements take place during the school summer holidays and travel bursaries are available. Places are open to state school students living and studying in Oxfordshire or Buckinghamshire. This year we have offered a total of 35 STEM placements.

Applications are now closed.

Many thanks to last year’s placement providers: BMW Mini Plant, Earth Trust, Laing O’Rourke, Lucy Electric, MRC Harwell, Olamalu, Oxford University IT services, Oxford University Department of Engineering Science, Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, Skanska, SS Tube Technology and Unipart.

Placement report write up guidance – Apprentice Placements

For further information contact [email protected]

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