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National Careers Week 2017

To celebrate National Careers Week 2017 (6 – 10 March) Cogent has developed a work experience toolkit for employers that are looking to take on young people, particularly in the form of Apprenticeships and Industrial Placements. The toolkit provides a structure to allow the young person to receive maximum benefit from their time with you.

The toolkit supports companies to help young people gain as much practical experience as possible and includes information on how to plan a placement, recruit participants and set meaningful objectives.

Why is work experience important for employers?

29% of employers say that work experience is critical when recruiting young people and a further 45% say it is significant. Over half of all employers who offer work experience say it is because "it provides the experience young people need."

Work experience is not only important to increase young people's employability but is also extremely beneficial for employers. Work experience introduces young people to the range of roles available in science. This will encourage more people to study STEM subjects and stay in the industry, helping to address the STEM skills shortage.

Looking for work experience?

Getting good grades is no longer enough to make you stand out in the competitive job market. Work experience is vital to make you stand out from the crowd. No longer just making cups of tea and doing paperwork; work experience now provides you with sector specific skills that employers are looking for.

To gain an insight into a chosen sector or industry and acquire important employability skills, there are number of options available to you:


An Apprenticeship is a structured programme of training which gives the learner the opportunity to work for an employer, learn on the job and build up knowledge and transferable skills that will be needed throughout a working life. Apprenticeships are perfect for those people who do not necessarily want to go to university, but want to carry on learning.

View our current vacancies.


Getting a degree is no longer enough to secure a graduate job. There are a number of placements available to undergraduate students, from summer internships to year long industrial placements. By securing work experience, you will get an insight into your chosen career path, gain invaluable work experience and the skills employers are looking for.

Click here to view our latest placement vacancies.