Here you will find part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities, virtual insight days and careers fairs. We ask students and their parents to research fully any opportunities advertised on the noticeboard to ensure they are happy with the organisation they are linking with and its value for money if there is a cost.

Notices & Key Dates

  • Work Experience Week – WC 9th June 2025

Year 12 students undertake a compulsory week of work experience to give a greater understanding of the world of work in their chosen area and help build links for future employment opportunities. The school will help where possible, but ultimately it is down to students themselves to organise their placement.

Upcoming Opportunities

Accountancy

Work Experience Placement

Yrs 12 & 13

National Audit Office – Start Date: 28 October 2024 – 1 November 2024

The NAO is offering an exciting Accountancy Work Experience Opportunity during the half term. If you’re looking for some work experience and considering a career in Accountancy, head over to our website to apply!

Deadline to Apply: 16 August 2024

Observe a GP

Virtual Work Experience

Yrs 12 & 13

Royal College of General Practitioners

Observe GP is an alternative to work experience for aspiring medics aged 16 and over, who are living in the UK. It is a free interactive video platform providing insights into the role of a GP and the wider care team.

Local Council

Work Experience

Yr 12

Northumberland County Council

Students who are interested in work experience with NCC, which is planned to run across different sectors of the council, should complete the following Application Form(8 weeks’ notice is required for placements).

Law

Competition

Age 16-19

BVL & BCL Solicitors, White Collar Crime Essay Competition – 29 Jun 2024 to 16 Sep 2024.

Essay Question – “Is there a need for Criminal Justice reform in the UK? Which areas are most in need for reform, and what specific changes would you propose.”

Essays should have a word count of between 1,000 and 1,250 words. To be eligible for the competition, participants must be full-time students aged 16 to 19 years at a non-fee-paying school in England and Wales at the time of entry to the competition. Students who have just completed their A-Levels (or equivalent) in 2024 are eligible.

The top prize is £1,000 and other prizes for runners up. To enter, candidates should upload their submission as a pdf or Word document to this link

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Law

Competition

Age 16-19

Deka Chambers, Essay Competition – 24 June 2024 to 16 September 2024.

Essay Question – “Should children who commit serious crimes such as murder ever be publicly identified?”

There is a 1000-word limit.  The top prize is £1,000 and a mini-pupillage, and there are also cash prizes for runners up.

Winners and runners up will be invited to attend the Aqeel H Noorali Essay Competition Reception. Attendance at the Competition Reception is mandatory to qualify for the First, Second and Third Prize. This year, the Competition Reception will be on 19 November 2024 at 5:30pm at Deka Chambers

To enter, candidates should upload their submission as a pdf or Word document to this link

Law

Insights Evening

Year 12 & 13

5RB & BVL : Media Law Insight Evening – Summer 2024

5RB is a leading set of media and communications law barristers who practise in all areas of media law including: defamation, privacy, confidence, data protection, harassment, media regulation, intellectual property, sport and human rights. The session will run between 6 and 8pm on a date to be confirmed in Summer 2024. 

Apply here. Applications close at 7pm on Friday 20 September 2024.

Law

Law Project

Years 12 & 13

Model Law Commission  Summer 2024

The Model Law Commission is a three-month long project that provides A-Level students with the chance to simulate the work of the Law Commission. If you are interested in learning more about the way law works in the UK, the way it is made and changed, then you are strongly encouraged to apply. The project will take place between September 2024 and January 2025 on zoom (6-8pm) and with some in person attendance at the start of the project over a weekend.

This is open to students across England and Wales and is completely free of charge 

To apply, please complete a brief application form by clicking here. The deadline for applications is 7pm on Friday 6 September 2024.

Marketing

Paid Internship

Yr 13

Africa & Asia Venture: 2024/2025

Africa & Asia Venture are looking to offer paid internships to young people who leave school/college/uni this year and who are taking a gap year in ’24-‘25. They need help with marketing their gap year programs. AV are based in Surrey but you can work from home.

If you are interested in the role, please email Linda Thompson at av@aventure.co.uk

Medical School

Virtual Work Experience

Yrs 12 & 13

Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Brighton and Sussex Medical School course provides virtual work experience for those looking to apply to medical school.

Palliative Care

Virtual Work Experience

Yrs 12 & 13

Get into Medicine

Virtual Work Experience session in Palliative Care is now live, open exclusively to those who have attended previous Get Into Medicine Conferences or completed our new Get Into Medicine E-Learning.

Register Get Into Medicine E-Learning for £10 (originally £15) by using the code ‘Medicine24’. This discount is only available until the 30th June.

If you have any questions email education@medicmentorfamily.org or call our team on 01530 417299

Youth Work

Voluntary opportunity

Yr 12 & 13

Hexham Youth Initiative

Volunteers give their time, effort and skills to make a difference to young people. At Hexham Youth Initiative we are always keen to welcome new volunteers to our team. Whether you are able to give hours, days or weeks… it all helps.

Get in touch

Local Contacts

For work experience within hospitals you must apply to the NHS organisation in your home area (postcode dependent).  Use the relevant information here:
https://hee.nhs.uk/hee-your-area/north-east/education-training/trust-work-experience

This page is helpful but some of the information can be out of date!  For specific opportunities also look at:

For work experience within a GP practice look at: https://www.hee.nhs.uk/hee-your-area/north-east/education-training/doctors/recruitment/primary-care/medical-school-work-experience-general-practice

This includes a list of GP practices prepared to offer work experience to students not in their area.

It is recommended that you get additional work experience to demonstrate your interest and ability to work with and care for vulnerable adults and children.  You may find some useful local contacts by searching: http://www.carehome.co.uk/care_search_results.cfm/searchregion/North-East-England

Again to gain access to a teaching degree course and many childcare related courses you will be asked to demonstrate experience of the classroom and / or work with children.  Most schools are very helpful about this so you need to contact the Head Teacher initially with a request.  The following information should help you:

http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Education/Schools/Contact.aspx

https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/education-and-learning/find-a-school-or-academy

http://www.durham.gov.uk/schools

https://www.gateshead.gov.uk/article/2783/School-directory

https://northumberland.fsd.org.uk/kb5/northumberland/fsd/family.page?familychannel=1

Tyne & Wear Museums: https://twmuseums.org.uk/volunteers/school-work-experience

National Trust: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/work-experience

English Heritage: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/support-us/volunteer/about-volunteering/

Theatre Royal: contact Kim.hoffman@theatreroyal.co.uk

The Glasshouse International: https://theglasshouseicm.org/

Seven Stories – The National Centre for Children’s Books: Offer work experience during holidays and weekends only.
Contact: Jayne Nicholson, Operations Manager (0300 3301095 ext 303/201) Jayne.nicholson@sevenstories.org.uk

The Lit and Phil – the largest independent library outside London housing over 160,000 books (23 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE).
Contact: Kay Easson (Head Librarian) email: keasson@litandphil.org.uk (0191 2320192)

Cogito Books (5 St Mary’s Chare, Hexham, NE46 1NQ)
Contact: Claire Grint (01434) 602555 – happy to take students but looking for engaging interested students only.  Please contact by telephone initially.

Waterstones bookstores: contact each Store Manager directly

Hexham Courant: the Courant do not offer work experience

Beamish Museum: follow the instructions at http://www.beamish.org.uk/get-involved/work-placement/

Northumberland National Park: Apply in writing by emailing dave.richardson@nnpa.org.uk (put “work experience” in the subject line) 

Northumberland County Council: may have some relevant opportunities (libraries, tourist information, ask them about conservation work too). Fill in the form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfMa0ZxUtbaDfDN0dwZpWtGtecY_dRH3QRH32iyF0yblHJfbg/viewform?c=0&w=1 and once NCC receive the form they will make a decision as to whether a placement is available in your chosen department.

http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Campaigns/Working-for-Northumberland-County-Council/Graduates-Work-Experience-and-Apprenticeships.aspx 

Newcastle University: School of History, Classics & Archaeology. Contact Dr Jane Webster (0191) 2087575 or email: jane.webster@ncl.ac.uk

Virgin Money: offer one week of experience visiting all the departments within the company. This is an excellent way to see how a large business operates and get to sample all the business functions to see which you may find interesting. All applications are done through Speakers4Schools and you need to register and follow the instructions – http://www.s4snextgen.org/  Lots of other companies on here too!

Egger UK Ltd.: Egger will offer placements in all their departments (not only engineering) so get in quick if you would like to look at Finance, HR, Marketing, IT, etc…  Send your request initially to Philip Maloney (Recruitment Co-ordinator) email: philip.maloney@egger.com

Vattenfall Wind Power:

Vattenfall, a Swedish company head-quartered in Stockholm, is one of Europe’s largest producers of electricity and low-carbon heating with operations across northern Europe. Vattenfall has had an office in Hexham employing nearly 100 staff for the past 14 years. They are offering a number of students the opportunity to work with them for a week to look at a broad range of roles in the vibrant and growing renewable energy sector – from civil and electrical engineers and wind farm technicians, through to ecological and environmental analysis, project management, communications, and law. Students will have the opportunity to learn from a number of Vattenfall employees about jobs and routes into the renewable energy sector, have a guided tour of our Ray onshore wind farm near Otterburn, and work together to design their own wind farm. They are passionate about diversity and creating a progressive and inclusive workforce. Please email Louise Housecroft with a CV and short statement expressing interest – Louise.Housecroft@vattenfall.com

Scott Mitchell Associates Veterinary Surgeons (Tyne Green, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3SG, www.vets1.com) require a CV from the student wishing to undertake the placement and details of when they would be looking to carry out the work experience.Contact: 01434 608999, farm@vets1.com