Work experience

At Siemens, we understand the challenges young people face today to get a foot on the career ladder. We believe if you undertake work experience you’ll go onto a successful career – how else will you discover what you are truly passionate about unless you explore and try things out?

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The first step into the world of work

Siemens is committed to nurturing and building a pipeline of talent to inspire our new next generation of engineers. That’s why we’re taking steps to challenge the STEM skills gap we’re current facing in the UK.  

Work experience at Siemens UK

Some of our UK businesses offer and support work experience placements, giving young people opportunities to gain valuable experience and start learning technical and soft skills that can help them to start the career they want.

Providing placements that give that all-important access towards gaining these skills prior to entering the world of work can only enhance individual prospects, raise aspirations and increase overall employability within a very competitive market.


We offer a variety of work experience opportunities in many different sectors and locations across the UK – predominantly in summer, but some sites can consider work experience all year around. There’s no ‘one size necessarily fits all’.
Alex James, Siemens Outreach Officer

Well, we offer some pretty amazing and competitive work experience placements that are designed to challenge you. We’re keen to provide you with an exclusive insight into the workings of a global organisation and help you understand the working world “as we know it”. With the skills you’ll learn during your time with us, you’ll be better prepared for future working.

On successfully completing a placement with us, or indeed any other organisation, we’ll ensure you are digitally rewarded with a work experience Digital Badge. This recognises the additional learning you have taken the time to embrace outside of the classroom environment.

At Siemens, we believe digital badges can increase and enhance your skills portfolio and we’ve specifically linked some of them to the skills we as a UK business would be looking for into the future.  The work experience badge is one of many you may wish to initiate while building a personal portfolio for your CV. Each individual badge contains a specific “mission” and series of tasks that link to the core characteristics you are learning. This will help you to evidence any technical or soft skills obtained.

By joining our Siemens Digital Badge Scheme online, you are also able to showcase your achievements on social media platforms like LinkedIn, and gain evidence-based endorsement for all the STEM skills you develop. You can also place them on your CV so we have an idea of some the additional learning you’ve undertaken to enhance your skills portfolio.

If you’re a parent or teacher who would like to download our resource pack to support the enrolment of digital badges (see attached teacher resource pack)  

How can I best prepare an application?

  • Before you fill out the application form, make sure you have all the necessary information to hand including the job description and your CV.
  • Read through the application form carefully before writing anything down.
  • Use examples from previous experiences you have been involved in such as group projects, activities, interests and hobbies. Include specific examples of what you learnt/skills you gained and how this might be beneficial to the placement you are applying for.
  • When you have finished the application form, get another person to read through it and give you honest feedback, to ensure you have explained yourself clearly and answered all of the questions succinctly.
  • Make sure you keep a copy of your application form to read through prior to interview.

What if I don’t have a CV?

  • Don’t panic!  If you don’t have a CV already here is a useful link to start building your own.

Where do you offer work experience?

  • Siemens has a number of key sites across the UK that offer work experience including: Frimley, Hull, Manchester, Warwick, Chippenham and Ulverston. See below for more details.

Who will I be working with?

  • We’re a global, multicultural company. That means you’ll be working with a variety of people of different ages, beliefs, races and sexual orientations.

What can I expect at an interview?

  • People are keen for you to demonstrate/talk about key workplace skills – these include communication, teamwork, problem-solving, task management and leadership. Write down examples of a time you’ve undertaken these and practise talking about it, so you feel comfortable talking about your contributions in an interview.
  • It is also important to show why you want to do a work placement at Siemens. Make sure you know all about the placement that’s on offer and take time to consider how you can contribute to it. Look on our website and research us; what’s been happening with us in the news, for example.
  • Be polite and friendly, conscientious, personable, confident – but above all, please be yourself! We’re interested in getting to know you as much as you are interested in getting to know our company. Employers can easily tell when you’re trying to be someone you’re not.

Work experience placements provide many opportunities and benefits to employers like us.

At Siemens, we are keen to influence the quality of future employees by helping to improve the quality and career readiness of young people entering the job market. This helps us develop clear talent pipelines and recruitment channels.

We’ll always continue to build links with local schools and communities as part of our outreach and CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility). Attracting school leavers into entry-level talent roles can help to overcome the skills gap by influencing career choices.

Work experience placements are also a good way for us raise our profile as an employer of choice and to showcase some of our career opportunities early enough to inspire.

Finally, it helps us to dispel a few unwarranted stereotypes – like “Engineering is for just for boys.”  

Locations

Applications for work experience opportunities at Ashby are typically accepted from September through to March, with a view to working two consecutive weeks over summer holiday.

Please email your work experience application and any supporting CV directly to RA-CIStraining.mobility@siemens.com.

Working days would be Monday to Friday from 8:30am till 16:30pm with 45 minutes for lunch. Throughout your two-week placement, you will shadow existing graduates and apprentices to gain engineering work experience. The placement would be changed daily to experience different business disciplines including: fixed telecommunications design, SCADA design, HMI design, after sales and maintenance, drawing office, software, training & development, quality, and planning.

Throughout your placement with us, you’d be asked to work on a small work-based project. This could be to update the team brief material, training presentations, notes or indeed a processes you may have been asked to review.


Some sites require a local site application form to be able to compare candidates fairly until August 31st when all sites will be using our new editable work experience form that includes any digital badges.

Imagine a world in which sleek, driverless trains whisk you from place to place at high speed and in complete comfort. The trains are nearly always on time, and you always get a seat. Your mobile phone acts as your ticket, and you’re continually updated with information about the rest of your journey, perhaps a bus, tram or aeroplane trip.

Here at Siemens Rail Automation, we’re using technology to move us towards that dream, and we’re already at the heart of some of the most exciting developments in this rapidly moving field of engineering. We aim to provide students with the opportunity to experience a valuable work placement at our Chippenham site. You will have the chance to be in this fast-paced, highly technological environment, working alongside a team of professionals.

We are running weeklong placements for students in Years 10 and 12 commencing either 3rd or 10th July. To apply please complete the application form below and email it to raworkexperience.gb@siemens.com. Applications will close on 28th February.

Download the Application Form

We also respond to a variety of requests, so if you are interested in other dates and/or are Year 10 and above please send an email, with a completed application form, to raworkexperience.gb@siemens.com and we will try our very best to accommodate you. ​


Some sites require a local site application form to be able to compare candidates fairly until August 31st when all sites will be using our new editable work experience form that includes any digital badges.

Siemens Building Technologies run a work experience week each year, for students in school years 9-11. The aim is to provide students with experience working in a engineering company, in the fields of Security, Fire Safety and Building Management Systems. Participants will work with a range of people across the different business departments, gaining an appreciation of the type of work and skills involved. They will also have the opportunity to be involved in a project task, applying the skills and knowledge gained throughout the week.

The programme takes place between 18th and 22nd June, with applications being accepted until the end of March. Please fill in the following application form and confidentiality agreement and return to: workexperience.gb@siemens.com


Some sites require a local site application form to be able to compare candidates fairly until August 31st when all sites will be using our new editable work experience form that includes any digital badges.

Siemens Protection Devices (SPD)

SPD offers protection products to customers globally in distribution. Products are developed, tested and introduced into the market by our R&D and PLM experts. Technical, product and quality support is provided to meet the needs of the customer. Our customers also have access to a complete after sales service for warranty, parts and repairs. Customer support provides a returns service, looking into fault finding and investigation of the relays.

Our normal working hours are:

  • Mon-Thurs – 7.30am to 4.00pm with 30 minutes for lunch at 12noon
  • Fri – 7.30am to 12.30pm with no lunch break

This business offers local students the opportunity to work alongside experienced engineers and we can offer placements in these areas:

  • Customer Support
  • Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
  • Research and Development (R&D)
Customer Services (CS)

The CS business is responsible for all service activities within Siemens Energy Management.

We provide everything from low voltage to medium and high voltage switchgear equipment and services, as well as substation control systems.  We also add value through design, engineering, project management, installation, testing and commissioning.

We provide service solutions which enhance the reliability and efficiency of customers’ electrical networks, installing, commissioning and servicing many leading manufacturer’s equipment at substations in the UK and internationally.

Our business covers transmission and distribution utilities, renewable and industrial sectors.

This business offers local students the opportunity to work alongside experienced engineers in a manufacturing or office environment as well as professionals in: Procurement, Tendering, Project Management, Finance, Monitoring and Diagnostics, Quality and Business Excellence.

Positions can be tailored to suit students individual needs giving them an understanding of what it is like to work within industry, working on real-life business applications alongside Siemens personnel.

Our normal working hours are:

  • Mon-Thurs - 8am to 4.30pm with 30 minutes for lunch at 12noon
  • Fri – 8am to 1pm with no lunch break

Placements normally take place over a one week period and the application window is open all year round.

We be looking for our placement candidates to:

  • Act professionally within the work environment and adhere to Siemens policies whilst respecting your fellow colleagues
  • Behave in a positive manner and make the most of the opportunities presented to you
  • Take reasonable care of your own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by your work

Please email your work experience application and supporting CV directly to hebburnworkexperience.gb@siemens.com and we will try our very best to accommodate you.

Siemens Rolling Stock - 1 week placement

The long-term maintainability of rolling stock is designed into Siemens train platforms from the outset to ensure the highest levels of availability and reliability over the lifetime of the vehicle. Our Depots with teams of dedicated technicians maintain fleets across the country.

The role you are applying for is: Rail Engineering Technician - Work Experience
 

During your weeks work experience at our Siemens Train Care Facilities you will have the opportunity to see how the depot functions, shadow different teams within the depot and gain an understanding of how trains are maintained.


Please note the content of the work experience may differ at individual depots. It’s easy apply, please complete the application form and confidentiality agreement and send them to elt@ntar.co.uk. Please note we are only able to accept one student at a time. We take work experience throughout the year. We review each application and aim to accommodate dates requested. Dates however are ultimately dependent on depot availability.

Siemens Gamesa in Hull manufactures the 75m long offshore wind turbines, and you could have the chance to experience building one yourself.

In July we will be taking on a number of students to embark on a one week programme that allows keen individuals to explore the blade factory. You will experience the work undertaken by our packing team and may even get the opportunity of laying of fibre glass. You will progress through the various stages of the production process seeing the casting process and getting hands on with the subsequent stages that get the blades ready for installation in the offshore wind farms. You will finish your week with the knowledge and experience of building a wind turbine blade with just three materials, giving you invaluable experience that will put you in good steading for the future.

If production isn’t your thing, we have the opportunity to spend a week in the administrative side of the business. During your week you will have the chance to see the finance team at work, how the purchasing team operate, the importance of quality management, how health and safety is managed, understand the training process and explore the communications within the site. It may seem a lot, but it will give you the rounded knowledge of how a blade factory, responsible for employing over 800 people, operates.

It’s simple to apply, just complete the application form and send them to wphulltraining.gb@siemens.com before 9th March 2018. We will review all applications received and those that are chosen for the next stage will have the opportunity to attend one of our work experience assessment days gaining experience of interviews and team activities. Good luck and we look forward to hearing from you.

Download the Application Form


Some sites require a local site application form to be able to compare candidates fairly until August 31st when all sites will be using our new editable work experience form that includes any digital badges.

Siemens Rolling Stock - 1 week placement

The long-term maintainability of rolling stock is designed into Siemens train platforms from the outset to ensure the highest levels of availability and reliability over the lifetime of the vehicle. Our Depots with teams of dedicated technicians maintain fleets across the country.

The role you are applying for is: Rail Engineering Technician - Work Experience
 

During your weeks work experience at our Siemens Train Care Facilities you will have the opportunity to see how the depot functions, shadow different teams within the depot and gain an understanding of how trains are maintained.
 

Please note the content of the work experience may differ at individual depots. It’s easy apply, please complete the application form and confidentiality agreement and send them to elt@ntar.co.uk. Please note we are only able to accept one student at a time. We take work experience throughout the year. We review each application and aim to accommodate dates requested. Dates however are ultimately dependent on depot availability.

​Siemens Digital Factory & Process Industries and Drives aims to offer applicants in school years 10-13 an opportunity to experience a role within a world-class, multi-national engineering company following an authentic candidate selection process. We provide a number of week-long placements to accommodate for a variety of interests, ranging from the development of our marketing strategy to the testing of our Automation Engineering software systems.

The scheme will aim to give you both an insight into the industrial sector of the Engineering world whilst providing you with invaluable experience within a team of professionals.


Note: you may only apply for one role per year.

The top applicants for each role will be asked to take part in an interview day at Sir William Siemens House, Manchester. The best candidate for each role will be offered a one week, Monday to Friday 9.30 a.m – 3.30 p.m placement.

If successful, you will be expected to fulfil the responsibilities of your role, as well as taking part in a number of workshops throughout your placement, gaining a valuable insight into our business operations.

We expect our placement candidates to:

  • Act professionally within the work environment and adhere to Siemens policies whilst respecting your fellow colleagues.
  • Behave in a positive manner and make the most of the opportunities presented to you.
  • Take reasonable care of your own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by your work.

To apply please fill out the application form and send to: manchesterworkexperience.gb@siemens.com

Download the Application Form
Download the Job Profiles
Download the Confidentiality Form

Our work experience scheme is currently open for applications. The application window will be closed on the 5th April 2019.

Siemens Operations & Maintenance based at Severn Power Station run a work experience month each year (Consisting of 4 blocks of 1 week periods), for students in school years 11-13. The aim is to provide students with experience of working within a Gas fired Power Station environment. Participants will work with a range of people across the different business departments including Maintenance, Operations and Commercial functions. During this time individuals will gain an appreciation of the type of work and skills involved in generating electricity.

The work experience takes place in July each year (Subject to Availability), with applications being accepted until the end of March. Please fill in the following application form and confidentiality agreement and return to: workexperience.gb@siemens.com

Download the Application Form

Download the Confidentiality Agreement

We also respond to a variety of requests so if you are interested in other dates please send an email, with a completed application form, to workexperience.gb@siemens.com and we try to accommodate your request.​


Some sites require a local site application form to be able to compare candidates fairly until August 31st when all sites will be using our new editable work experience form that includes any digital badges.

At Siemens Mobility, as the UK market leader in intelligent traffic systems, we design, market, manufacture, install and maintain a wide portfolio of traffic management products internationally.

Here at our Poole site we offer the opportunity to work alongside Siemens engineers on specific projects and activities within three areas of engineering - Hardware, Software and Mechanical. In Software you will take part in programming, in Hardware you will be introduced to Printed Circuit Boards, electronic components and CAD layout and in Mechanical you will experience Enclosure Design in 3D. Alternatively we also provide opportunity to experience the work and skills involved in the administrative side of the business in a variety of departments including Finance, Procurement, Training, and Marketing and Communications.

Typically we’d look to accept applications forms between September and March so please ensure your request is placed within this time. All applications must be received by the closing deadline of 31st March you will advised of next steps within a two week timeframe. Work experience placements are untaken from March – July and vary from 1-2 weeks depending on the program so if you have a preference please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate.

Please send your applications and any supporting information to pooleworkexperience.gb@siemens.com

Siemens Rolling Stock - 1 week placement

The long-term maintainability of rolling stock is designed into Siemens train platforms from the outset to ensure the highest levels of availability and reliability over the lifetime of the vehicle. Our Depots with teams of dedicated technicians maintain fleets across the country.

The role you are applying for is: Rail Engineering Technician - Work Experience
 

During your weeks work experience at our Siemens Train Care Facilities you will have the opportunity to see how the depot functions, shadow different teams within the depot and gain an understanding of how trains are maintained.


Please note the content of the work experience may differ at individual depots. It’s easy apply, please complete the application form and confidentiality agreement and send them to elt@ntar.co.uk. Please note we are only able to accept one student at a time. We take work experience throughout the year. We review each application and aim to accommodate dates requested. Dates however are ultimately dependent on depot availability.

Siemens Subsea in Ulverston manufacture the Tronic range of high integrity electrical and fibre optic connection systems for the oil and gas and renewable energy sectors. Capability ranges from transmission of optical / electrical data signals for monitoring and controlling subsea production equipment up to high power electrical connection systems used to supply power to subsea pumping and compression equipment and feeds to subsea distribution grids. These connectors can be ‘wet mated’ in water depths of up to 4000 metres with a design life of up to 25 years.


Work experiences of 1 week duration are available for Year 10 students between February and July in conjunction with individual school’s designated work experience week. During the experience, students have the opportunity to work alongside experienced technicians and apprentices in our assembly and test facility learning about the practical elements of advanced manufacturing. There is also an opportunity to gain a Bronze CREST Award through participation in a 10 hour project during the week.


Application is usually via your School Work Experience Co-ordinator but individual applications (Years 10 – 13) will be accommodated where possible.


Unfortunately, work experience programmes will not be available at Ulverston in 2017 but please keep checking this site as we hope to be offering placements again in 2018.​


Some sites require a local site application form to be able to compare candidates fairly until August 31st when all sites will be using our new editable work experience form that includes any digital badges.

The primary objective for work experience in Warwick, is to provide the student with an appreciation of the ‘Aero jet engines; used for power generation on land and offshore oil and gas applications’ within the AGT business. This is achieved by working alongside Siemens engineers on specific engineering and business related tasks and projects. This will give the individual an understanding of what it is like to work within industry, working on real-life business applications alongside Siemens personnel.

Siemens are flexible on agreed placement dates, But encourage applicants to apply before the ‘start review date’ of the respective years quarter they wish to apply for a placement in. This review date alongside application requirements are available to download in the link below, labelled; “ Warwick Work Experience Procedure Form – External ”.

To apply please fill out both the application form and the confidentiality agreement ( also available to download in the links below). These should then both be sent to the Warwick work experience email: ELT.Warwick.gb@siemens.com

Download the Warwick Work Experience Procedure Form

The application window is now closed. We will be reopening the application window within the new year of 2018.


Some sites require a local site application form to be able to compare candidates fairly until August 31st when all sites will be using our new editable work experience form that includes any digital badges.