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Work experience

Work experience is an opportunity for students to observe/shadow NHS staff in a day to day working environment. The student will gain knowledge and a better understanding of the NHS.  The placement can be both educational and inspirational, and can enable you to move forward in achieving your goals and aspirations for your future career.

What the Trust can offer

There is a wide range of work experience placements available. All placements reflect  the requests and requirements of each individual student while taking into account any relevant age restrictions, eligibility and restrictions that may be applicable for certain areas. Placements are available for students aged 14 years and above, although they must be in higher education. Work experience at the Trust can include observing and shadowing clinical staff in a nursing or midwifery setting, visiting our extensive laboratories or experiencing the role of an occupational therapist. You may be eligible to accompany a doctor on a ward or shadow a surgeon in theatre depending on age. We also have administration areas such as our finance, HR or communications departments, as well as plumbers, painters and decorators; it's not just about clinical roles and professions. 

The Process:

A nomination pack is sent in July to all the schools/colleges and Universities listed below.  As we have limited placements we can offer a maximum of four.

If you would like to be considered for a placement contact your work experience coordinator / careers advisor with your expression of interest.  Nominations of students are at the discretion of the Trust's Work Experience Coordinator and careers advisor. The cut-off date for all nominations and relevant forms to be sent the Work Experience Coordinator no later than 31st December 2017.

Although students are encouraged to source their own work experience placements, we as a Trust do not accept external expressions of interest.

If you are successful in your nomination you will be invited to an induction day. You will have the opportunity to meet with some NHS staff and be involved in workshops delivered by NHS staff from various divisions and departments within the trust. On the induction day you are required to bring photographic ID i.e. in-date passport or photographic full driving licence.  At the end of the day you will be given your placement timetable / ID badge.

Please see list of schools, colleges and universities within the agreed catchment area:

  • Ashton Park School (6th form)
  • Andalusia Academy
  • Backwell School
  • Bath College
  • Bedminster Down Seconday School (11-16)
  • Bridge Learing Campus (11-16)
  • Bristol Brunel Academy (11-18)
  • Bristol Cathedral Choir
  • Bristol Grammer School (7-13)
  • Bristol Steiner School (6-16)
  • Univeristy of Bristol
  • Broadlands School, Keynsham
  • Broad Oak Mathematics and Computing College
  • Chew Vallet
  • Churchill Academy
  • City of Bristol College
  • Clevedon School
  • Colston Girls School
  • Colston School
  • Cotham School (11-18)
  • Gordano School (11-18)
  • Han Price Academy
  • Merchants Academy (11-18)
  • Nailsea School (11-18)
  • Oasis Acemy John Williams (11-18)
  • Oldfield School, Bath
  • Priory Community School
  • Queen Elizabeth's Hospital Independent (7-18)
  • Redland Green Community School (11-18)
  • Redland High School for Girls
  • St Brendan's 6th Form
  • St Katherine's School (11-18)
  • St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School
  • The City Academy Bristol (11-18)
  • The Kinds of Wessex Academy 

Exciting schools activities:

For teachers, as an addition to our work experience programmes, we offer a diverse variety of schools activities.   Bristol clinician led sessions, career events, conferences, mock interviews, workshops; students can also visit the Medical Simulation Centre where they can change into theatre clothes and walk into a mock operating theatre and experiment on life size manikins. This can only be will be arranged in agreement with Trust's Work Experience Coordinator.

For further information regarding your schools activities please Email:

Career progression: Apprenticeships

The Trust has various apprenticeship opportunities. This offers a salary, on the job training and experience. Apprenticeships are available for people that are 16 years old and over.  The Apprentice can be as a new starter or existing staff that are looking for career progression.

Listed below just some of the Apprenticeships that are available within the trust:

Healthcare Support Worker Level 2

Senior Health Care Support Worker Level 3

Dental Nurse Level 3

Customer Service Management up to Level 7

Customer Service Level 2

Business and Administrator Level 3

Team Leader/ Supervisor Level 3

Operations Departmental Manager

Facilities Management Level 4

Healthcare Science Level 2, 4 & 6

Pharmacy services Level 3

Various Engineering Levels 4

For further information regarding Apprenticeship Email: