Have you found the perfect work experience opportunity, but it’s unpaid? Or are you hesitant to take up an opportunity because of the travel costs? Gaining work experience is a fantastic and valuable opportunity, helping you to get an insight into your future career, enhance your CV and build your skill set. However, depending on the sector you are looking to work within, finding paid opportunities can be challenging. To help you take on these rewarding work experiences the Careers and Employability Service offer B: KEW – a work experience bursary, for students undertaking unpaid work experience.
The bursary supports out-of-pocket travel expenses for the first three weeks or 120 hours of unpaid work of up to £100. This could be used towards the cost of petrol, bus and train fares or even flight tickets. You may also be eligible for additional funds to contribute towards costs incurred by undertaking work experience, for example childcare costs or uniform. If you are looking to attend a training event, which could help you in your future career, the bursary could be used to support this.
In the last year the bursary has helped towards students undertaking work experience at BBC South East, KM Media Group, NHS Trust, DSTL, as well as abroad in New York with Times Square Church and Sri Lanka with SLV Volunteers. The bursary is available throughout the year, to all current University of Kent students, but please do consult our terms and conditions before applying. You can apply for the bursary using a simple online form, available on our website: https://www.kent.ac.uk/ces/bursarykew.html If you have any questions about the bursary or the application process, please do get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quote from a student who has benefited:
“The bursary that has been kindly provided by The University of Kent, has benefited me in being able to cover extra costs such as work appropriate clothing. Also, due to the nature of my workplace, several items of clothing need to be ‘sacrificed’ to be worn inside the labs, and are unable to be taken back out of the restricted area after the placement year. As clothes become extremely worn and destroyed due to the hot wash of clothes, replacements are required. Fortunately, the Bursary helped to cover these costs, and I am grateful that I do not need to worry about stretching my finances to pay for these items. My work experience broadened my knowledge of the research that goes on behind the development of novel vaccines for diseased livestock, as well as the diagnostic service that The Pirbright Institute provides for many external sources. I am gaining invaluable experience working in an accredited reference laboratory and the unique opportunity to be using top range equipment that are not available in many other institutions. Whilst undertaking the project of genome sequencing analysis, there are many steps that need to be refined and trouble-shot before continuing. This can be time consuming but is a very realistic representation how research unfolds. I believe I will be able to carry forward my skill-set of data interpretation and analysis, and first-hand experience in a professional laboratory, during and beyond university and will prepare me for the ‘real-world’ where biotechnology is advancing so rapidly. I also look forward to being much more comfortable with lab work when I return to university for my final year. Everyday, I am learning something new and facing different challenges that help me to understand the complex process involved research, and am very thankful I have had this experience.”