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
  • Science 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. www.stemhorizons.org

Science Experience Week

The Science Experience Week includes 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. This year’s Science Experience Week will take place between 3 and 7 July 2017.

Applications are now closed.

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.

Science Oxford organises the Science Experience Week on behalf of OxLEP and therefore places are currently limited to Oxfordshire schools only.

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 funded by OxLEP and Oxfordshire Apprenticeships and 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. This year we offered up to 40 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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