Work experience, for 14-year-olds and above, takes place in a variety of departments and is a fantastic way to gain insight into a particular career. It can also be a valuable way of getting some confidence and experience of caring for people. Participating on work experience can help you to explore possible future careers.

While there are many clinical or frontline roles which involve delivering care to patients and families there are also a large number of staff who work in other types of jobs such as scientists, accountants and media specialists. Work experience can help you to see first-hand what is involved in these roles and whether it is right for you. 

In order for you to take part in a work experience placement, you first need to think about what your career aspirations are and which department you would like to work in. The next step would be to read through the below work experience information to ensure that the placements we offer at this Hospital would meet your requirements.

Please kindly note that we can only offer placements in certain departments which we have listed below. If the department you are looking for is not listed it is because the department does not offer work experience placements.

For elective nursing placements, please visit here.

"Being immersed in such a great environment and working alongside professionals of BCH has solidified my desire to begin my career path towards science. It also allowed me to gain confidence and aspire, in being able to interact with patients on a professional level. I felt honoured to be a part of this experience“ Sadia Munsif

Please note all Work Exeperience opportunities are currently suspended.  We will update this page in due course when we have further information.

FAQs

What are the entry requirements?

To be eligible for work experience here, you must be a minimum of 14 years old on the date of your placement. However some departments have a higher age of 16. Students older than 25 will be considered but priority will be on given to younger students

​I need to complete a year-long work experience as part of a course e.g. Health and Social Care, can I apply?

We do not support work experience as part of a college or university course nor do we currently offer any volunteer programme via the Aspire service.

​What should I wear for my work experience placement?

Clothing should be smart and modest. – No bare midriff for example or jeans and trainers. Multiple tattoos and piercings should not be on display. Religious clothing may be worn as long as it complies with infection control policies. Clothes should be changed daily to avoid risk of cross infection

​Can I contact a department directly?

We do not share details of departments or staff. If a placement is not listed on this website, it is unlikely that you can apply for a work experience placements. However if you know a friend or relative who works at the Hospital that may be willing to support you on placement you can contact them however we will not provide any contact information related to individual staff members.

​Is there a limit on the length of placement?

Placements are limited to a maximum of 2 weeks only.

​​Can I apply for work experience if I am not based in the UK?

Work experience placements are only available to those living in the UK. Priority is given to students living in the West Midlands area.

​If I am unsuccessful, can I apply again next time?

Yes, but you might want to revise your application to make you stand out more. If you would like some help with improving your application, you can get some great tips here.

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Email: bwc.aspire@nhs.net

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