Virtual work experience

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october 2021

Following successful pilot schemes held last spring, we have over 30 leading employers who will be offering UK-wide work experience placements for young people with SEND/ASN/ALN as part of our Access All Areas campaign throughout the month of October. 

Placements for Access All Areas have been specially structured to meet the requirements of young people with SEND/ASN/ASL. Some placements will consist of one session while other placements will involve several sessions over the course of a few weeks. 


The application process for all placements for our Access All Areas campaign requires a teacher to lead the application process. 
For more information on Virtual Work Experience and Insight Days for SEND/ASN/ASL students and the application process, please email



Our programme of events will run throughout October and in some cases into November. The programme will consist of Virtual Work Experience (VWEX) placements and Virtual Insight Days with employers from across sectors aimed at encouraging more young people with additional needs or disabilities to experience the world of work for themselves. 


These placements are run through a simple, safe-guarded portal, giving students access to opportunities, schools an easy way to manage their work experience and employers the chance to diversify their early talent pipelines and meet their social mobility goals. 



99% of young people felt better informed about the world of work and their future options following their placement.* 

​100% of young people said their VWEX placement or Virtual Insight Day was valuable* 


* Research from Speakers for Schools 



If you are a student and looking to take part in Access All Areas Virtual Work Experience placements or Virtual Insight Days you will first need to register here. Please note that you will need the approval of your teacher to attend any Virtual Work Experience placement or Virtual Insight Day. 


If you are a teacher/educator and interested in your students participating in Virtual Work Experience placements and/or Virtual Insight Days for Access All Areas, you will first need to register Schools here. 


If you are an employer and want to find out more about how you can join us to inspire young people by offering Virtual Work Experience placements or Virtual Insight Days as part of next year’s Access All Areas campaign, please register here. 

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