Are you a student in full time education, aged between 14 and 18, and looking for work experience to help develop your future career in health and social care?

You can apply for experiences near you, just click on the place names below to see what's available. Take a look at our top tips below to help you find a placement if there's nothing to suit you in your area.

Keep an open mind when looking for a placement. It doesn’t matter if the work experience doesn’t cover the EXACT job you want in the future. You will still learn loads, develop new skills, and gain valuable insight into the health and care industry.

This will look good on your CV and help you decide if this type of work is a good fit for you. And, you might get some new ideas about a career you haven’t even heard about yet. Work experience could change your future.

Are you a teacher? To help increase work experience opportunities for KS4 students we have created lasting partnerships between schools and their local health care provider. We can help you create your own partnership.

Top tips when looking for work experience

When you think of working in a health and care role you might think it's all about hospitals. Actually, there are people working in health and care roles in all sorts of great organisations. 

  • Contact your local care home and ask if there are any work experience or volunteering opportunities. Volunteering is a really great way to get the transferrable skills you need and to see if this type of work suits you.
  • There are lots of charities, community and voluntary groups in your area who support people with their health and wellbeing. 
  • Ask your family, extended family, your community and friends - they may know someone who already works in a role you're interested in.
  • Go in to your local dental practice, GP health centre, pharmacy or opticians. These small businesses don’t usually advertise work experience opportunities but may be very happy to give you that opportunity. You just need to ask.
  • Be prepared to pick up the phone or even go in, in person, to ask for a work experience placement. You may not feel comfortable doing this, but it may be just what is needed to get you that placement.
  • Keep trying. If you don’t succeed at first be prepared to try a different employer or a different approach. You will be glad you did.
  • Once you find a placement , make sure you have cleared it with your school or college. Your teachers or careers leader will know what to do and often use a platform such as UniFrog to manage your placement.