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Medical School Work Experience Opportunity


My name is Dr Adam Jakes, a medical registrar working in central London with my colleague Benjamin Allison, a final year medical student at King’s College London.

We are acutely aware of the disruption that COVID-19 has caused to everyone and in relation to this email specifically, the ability to obtain clinical work experience for prospective medical school applicants. Considering this, we have created an online medical work experience webinar. We aim to make this an interactive experience where students can learn about the life of a doctor from the safety of their homes. We will be covering several topics including medicine, surgery, night shifts, work-life balance and hot topics. We will also be introducing skills such as history taking, clinical examination, use of a stethoscope and ECG interpretation.

Furthermore, we will be hosting a Q&A session at the end to give students the chance to speak directly to junior doctors and get all their queries answered.

We are hosting our first webinar on 29th March 2021 6pm – 8pm, so this will be perfect for both students who have already applied to strengthen their experience for interviews and those who are thinking about applying in 2021.

There is a cost of £25 per person, which will cover the cost of staff, a certificate of attendance and access to a WhatsApp group for ongoing support.

We would appreciate if you could circulate the attached poster for the event to students interested in applying to medical school.

Registration can be completed here:

If you have any question don’t hesitate to get in touch at

Best wishes,


Dr Adam Jakes MBBS, MSc, MRCP, DRCOG, FHEA, PGCert (Health Research, Clinical Education & Healthcare Leadership)

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Degree Apprenticeships 2021

University of Bristol various options  - online support and various taster events.  click on the links.

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College as your next step in 2021?

Watch both virtual open evenings from your two local colleges.

Abingdon- Witney College Virtual Open Evening link

Abingdon-Witney College Open Evening 2020  7.50 mins

City of Oxford College Virtual Open Evening Links  4.50 mins  3.30 mins  

NHS Apprenticeships

Exciting opportunity for  at Oxford University Hospitals Trust, Customer services L2  & Business Administrator L3 is a fully funded Apprenticeship “ Earn While You Learn” and can be the first step to a professional career in NHS.

The vital role in our admin and reception teams provide support to our admin functions, and clinical departments for the quality of care to our patients. It is fantastic opportunity to Step into NHS.


Work Experience Information 

STFC Work Experience Programme 2021

What is the STFC? 

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe's largest research  organisations supporting scientists and engineers and running experiments around the UK  and world-wide. Activities carried out cover a wide range of science, engineering and  technology, including materials science, engineering and instrumentation, particle physics,  space science, accelerator-based technologies, information technology and computer  science.  

Inspiring young people and the wider public is one of the STFC's main objectives. This is  achieved through a focused programme of public engagement, promoting careers in  science, engineering and technology to maintain the quality of the UK programme.  

Daresbury Laboratory (DL), Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) and UK Astronomy  Technology Centre (UK ATC) offer work experience placements to Year 10, 11, 12 and 13  students each year, many from local schools and around the country. As far as possible they  are placed depending on their interests indicated on the application form.  

NHS Work Experience Update


KPMG’s 2021 apprenticeship programmes are open for applications! For those looking to start their professional career, joining KPMG as an apprentice means being part of a team of inspiring colleagues who bring fresh ideas and curiosity to work that really matters. We value our apprentices and recognise the vital part they play in the future of our firm. Those who join us will be encouraged to bring their unique perspective and showcase their ideas. Many of our senior leaders started their careers this way, and each one of our colleagues will be passionate about guiding our new apprentices on their own career journey. About our apprenticeship experience Our programmes offer apprentices the opportunity to work across different industries and are designed for those who have, or are about to, finish School or College - and span areas such as Audit, Software Engineering, KPMG Law and Data & Analytics. At KPMG, our apprentices gain valuable work experience, develop core skills and will be supported in their study towards fully funded professional qualifications and accreditations – all whilst earning a salary.

Our diverse employee support networks, clubs and learning community help our apprentices to develop connections and build new friendships, not just for today, but for their career ahead. There are also plenty of opportunities for them to get involved in volunteering, so they’ll be encouraged to make a difference at work and outside of the office too.


Support When apprentices join us, they’ll take part in a virtual induction week – an introduction to our firm, and a way for them to meet their peers, build valuable connections and feel a part of our community from day one. We’ll support them in their transition to the workplace too; providing them with a buddy, performance manager, access new joiner forums and range of learning opportunities which will allow them to shape their own development. We’re also investing in workplace tools and technologies that enable us to collaborate and stay connected whether we’re working at home, in our offices or at engagement sites. About KPMG With a worldwide presence, KPMG continues to build on our successes thanks to a clear vision, our people and Our Values – we’re supporting businesses to grow, our people to achieve and our communities to thrive. Our largest practice is Audit, which helps to build the confidence and trust that business and society needs. In Tax & Law, Consulting, Deal Advisory and Technology & Engineering, we help companies to solve some of their most complex business challenges.  

Please note: Audit and Software Engineering apprenticeships are currently open. Further programme launches will follow later this month. Those interested can sign up to our Talent Community to be one of the first to hear when these become available. Our places fill fast, so we'd encourage applications as soon as possible  

Find out more and how to apply

Best wishes, KPMG Student Recruitment Team

National Apprenticeships 

Information from the Success at School careers advice service

Apprenticeships these days come in all shapes and sizes. With an apprenticeship, you could train to be a solicitor, engineer, journalist, pharmacist or graphic designer—and that's just for starters. You will also be paid a wage, and any qualifications you undertake as part of your apprenticeship—including a university degree—will be paid for by your employer.

This short video provides a good overview:

Back to basics

An apprenticeship is a paid job with training. Apprentices also work towards relevant qualifications while on the job. There are four type of apprenticeships:

  1. Intermediate: Equivalent to 5 GCSEs
  2. Advanced: Equivalent to 2 'A' Levels
  3. Higher: Equivalent to a higher education qualification, and can include a foundation degree, bachelor's (aka undergraduate) degree, or even a master's degree (a postgraduate qualification)
  4. Degree: All degree apprentices work towards a bachelor's or master's degree.
What are the basic requirements?

A basic level of literacy and numeracy is required to undertake any apprenticeship. If you don't have any GCSEs in English or Maths, you may be able to—depending on the apprenticeship—work towards a "functional skills" qualification while they do their apprenticeship. There are also traineeships students can undertake if they do not qualify for an apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship statistics


Apprenticeships vs. University

This short video should help you understand whether apprenticeships or university might be better for you.

How to find an apprenticeship