Siemens rolls out second round of virtual work experience programmes

With in-person work experience opportunities curtailed by the pandemic, young people interested in pursuing careers in STEM are being invited to take part online instead

Siemens is set to roll out a second round of virtual work experience programmes for young people interested in pursuing careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics).

Designed for 14- to 18-year-olds and running from 28 June until 11 July, and following the mouse clicks of the 700 people who ‘attended’ the inaugural event in April, participants in the virtual programme can expect modules filled with activities, pre-recorded videos, quizzes, and live webinars.

“In more ordinary times, we would host students through in-person work experience to facilitate this demand,” said Brenda Yearsley, education development manager, Siemens GB&I.

“But the pandemic made us rethink how we could continue to offer this valuable experience to young people.”

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To that end, Siemens teamed up with careers platform, Springpod, to develop a programme including:

  • Separate introductions to the worlds of engineering, technology, and business services, and the roles and pathways available in each
  • A primer on employability skills, how to build a CV, and how to apply for a role at Siemens
  • An overview of apprenticeship, internship, and graduate schemes at the company

Students completing the programme – involving around 10 hours of activity, which can be completed over two weeks – are issued with a certificate for use on CVs and personal statements.

“Work experience is an essential step for young people to test drive and get insights into their future career and develop the skills necessary for the workplace,” added Yearsley.

“It has been fantastic working with Springpod to deliver a programme which has been able to reach more young people, increase diversity and inclusion, inspire a career in STEM, and showcase Siemens as a career path. There has been huge demand for our programme from all corners of the UK.”

Anyone wishing to apply for the next round of Siemens’ virtual work experience programmes can do so by clicking here.

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