Lots of my A-level students are unsure what they want to do at university or for a career. I believe work experience in science or engineering during the summer following Year 12 can help them make up their minds. Over the past few years, I’ve managed to use personal contacts to arrange placements for a number of students and they’ve always been incredibly grateful for this, often choosing to go into the field in which they did the work experience.
It shouldn’t be the case that I am left to organise such things for students, nor is it fair that a “well-connected” teacher can give his students such an advantage. There doesn’t seem to be an obvious place to go to arrange such work experience if you don’t have contacts with university departments, however there are some schemes operated by individual university departments and other institutions (note that the deadlines for many of these has passed for this year):
University of Surrey Physics Department (Year 10 upwards)
Student Ladder (not specific to STEM)
Summer Courses and other ways to help Year 12 students with STEM:
If you’re reading this and know of other schemes, please leave a comment below and I’ll update this post so that it’s more useful for next year’s lower sixth.
Finally, if you’re a teacher, you might be interested in the Teacher Industrial Partners’ Scheme which provides teachers with STEM related work experience in industry.