Work Experience Placements including Nuffield Research Placements

LEBC’s services can help you to achieve and evidence The Gatsby Benchmarks. For more information, please get in touch.

We provide an excellent work experience placement service for young people across the city/county. We can offer you:

  • A bank of quality work experience placements from a vast range of industry sectors
  • A relevant work placement - over 90% of young people secure their 1st or 2nd choice placement type
  • Reassurance - our assessor team are NEBOSH qualified and undertake Health, Safety and Welfare checks on all placements
  • Clear placement description information and the risks and controls in place, provided to parents and teachers.

Young people feedback

Last academic year young people that completed work experience through us reported the following:

  • 84% stated their confidence grew as a direct result of their placement
  • 82% of participants identified a vast improvement in their communication
  • 90% reported an improvement in organisation and managing responsibility in their academic studies as a direct result of work experience.

Nuffield Research Placements

Nuffield Research Placements allow Year 12 students to undertake a 4 week Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths (STEM) based research placement during the summer holidays, gaining real life experience of the world of research. The programme gives high achieving young people the chance to explore a career in a STEM environment and can particularly benefit young people with no family history of university, or who come from low income families.

What are Nuffield Research Placements?

Nuffield Research Placements take place in your summer holidays after Year 12 or S5. You will work on a project that relates to an area of science, quantitative social science, computing, technology, engineering or maths (or a combination of these). Most projects are based in an office, but some include working in a laboratory or fieldwork.

Placements are typically between 4-6 weeks in length and are available in your local area. Your placement might be in a university, research institute, company or voluntary organisation. You will work alongside professional researchers on a project that is an important part of their business.

Your placement will not cost you or your parents/carers anything. We reimburse travel costs for all students, and depending on your family circumstances, you may also be eligible to receive a bursary of £100 for each week of your placement.

Who Can apply?

You must:

· Be over 16 years old and in Year 12 (or equivalent).

· Be in full-time, state-funded education in the UK.

· Have at least 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at Level 6 or above, including Maths, a Science subject and English (or another Humanities subject).

· Be studying one or more A-level, Scottish Higher (or equivalent) in Science, Technology, Engineering, Economics, Geography, Geology, Economics, Psychology, Computing, Statistics or Maths.

· Be able to spend four weeks of your summer holiday working on a research project.


You must also meet at least one of the following criteria:

· Your family has a combined household income of below £30,000 a year.

· You are entitled to free schools meals, either now or at any time in the last six years.

· You live, or have lived, in local authority care.

· You will be the first in your immediate family to participate in higher education (not including any older siblings). This means neither of your parents/carers has participated in higher education, either in the UK or another country. If your siblings have attended higher education, but your parents/carers have not, you are still eligible.



Virtual Work Experience

LEBC are working closely with local employers to offer a virtual work experience package for young people for 2020/21. Please click here for more information or contact the virtual team on:

0116 240 7270

[email protected].

Get in Touch

If you would like further information, please call us on 0116 240 7270 or complete the enquiry form below:

Graham Goode Motors Ltd

"The student was a very polite, interested and inquisitive person who fitted into our workforce very easily. It was a pleasure to have him here for the two weeks of his placement."

Graham Goode Motors Ltd
Colin Cole, Beaumont Leys School

“Just to say congratulations and thank-you for all your work in setting up our work experience this year. Certainly the best work experience we have had and hopefully a model for the future. So well done; you have been a marvellous support and done an excellent professional job. Many thanks.”

Colin Cole, Beaumont Leys School