Virtual Work Experience

February 2021


This programme is free
for students

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You’ll get practical skills
and knowledge

You’ll earn a certificate if
you complete the

What’s involved

Live workshops with

You’ll meet professionals in live
workshops and be able to ask
them questions.

Work and assignments

You’ll complete activities and work assignments to develop skills and knowledge.

Fits your schedule

If you miss a workshop then you
can still catch up by watching
a recording.


During this free two-week virtual work experience programme you’ll learn about a range of financial services sectors including accountancy, banking and insurance. You’ll meet, and have the chance to question and interact with, professionals from each of these key sectors. You’ll learn about the day-to-day lives of these professionals as well as the pathways they took to their current roles. Finally, you’ll complete work and assignments which will help you gain a broad understanding of the finance industry 

The virtual work experience programme involves around 10 hours of activity. You can complete the work over 2 weeks, meaning you can fit it around your schedule – whether that be school or college. There are live workshops, but don’t worry if you’re unable to attend these – you can watch recordings on-demand. 

The programme will take place between 15th February 2021 and 26th February 2021. You do not need to be available full time between those dates, but you do need to be able to complete 10 hours worth of activity over the two weeks.

What's you’ll cover:

During this two week programme you’ll cover the following areas:

  • An overview of the UK’s financial industry
  • Accountancy: its theory and the associated ethics and laws
  • The UK tax system
  • Banking, including investment banking, auditing, trading, security and fraud
  • Insurance: you’ll learn what’s involved in broking, claims handling, and surveying
  • Financial advice, including investment, mortgage and pensions advice

What you need to do to get your first job in the industry. Do you need to go to university? Can you do an apprenticeship? We’re confident that this session will give you a clear idea of how to get into Finance.


You must be in Years 10-13 and attend a school or college in the UK. The deadline for applications is February 1st 2021. Applicants will find out if they have a place on the programme on February 5th 2021.

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When is it?

The Virtual Work Experience programme will begin on 15th February and finish on the 26th of February. There will be around 10 hours of activity for you to complete with 5 or 6 live workshops.

When do applicants hear back?

Applicants will find out if they have a place on the programme on February 5th. 

How do I apply?

To apply for the virtual work experience you need to create a Springpod account and ‘apply’ for the insight day. Every student that applies will be guaranteed a place.

When is the application deadline?

The deadline for applications is February 1st.


What time will the talks be?

If you are accepted on to the programme you will be sent a full schedule. If you are unable to attend any of the live talks recordings will be available on-demand.

What Technology will I need?

You’ll need access to a computer to be able to take part.