Siemens is offering young people in the East Midlands a head start to a STEM career through its virtual work experience programme.
Like many other organisations, Siemens had to cancel and postpone in-person events in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
It used the challenge to redesign and rethink its work experience strategy and programme offering, increasing diversity and inclusion, and overcoming the limitations and barriers of conventional work experience placements such as geography, mobility, financial, and inflexibility due to school or employer timings.
Partnering with Springpod, a careers platform which connects young people with employers and education providers, Siemens launched a bespoke and interactive, two-week programme, which included modules filled with activities, pre-recorded videos, quizzes and live webinars.
The first two-week virtual work experience programme, which ran from April 6 to 16, introduced 700 young people to the world of engineering and technology and showed how Siemens is paving the way towards a more sustainable future.
Now a second round of virtual work experience for 14 to 18-year-olds will be running from June 28 until July 11.
During the two-week programme participants will cover the following areas:
- Welcome to Siemens – an overview of the company, its core values and six lines of business;
- Engineering – an introduction to the field of engineering, the various disciplines, sustainability in engineering and the design process;
- Technology – an introduction to the world of technology, the different pathways within the sector and what roles in tech involve;
- Other Business Services – an introduction to the other business services at Siemens: sustainability, legal, marketing and finance;
- Early Careers at Siemens – an overview of apprenticeship, internship and graduate schemes at Siemens;
- Getting Career ready – an introduction to employability skills, how to build a CV and how to apply for a role at Siemens.
There are live webinars to get involved in, but these are recorded and can be watched on-demand.
The programme involves around 10 hours of activity which can be completed over two weeks, meaning students can fit it around their schedule, whether that be school or college. Once complete, students earn a certificate which can be used for a CV and Personal Statement.