How to deliver effective engineering work experience virtually: a West of England Knowledge Share

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Last month the DETI Inspire team at UWE Bristol held an online webinar with local engineers from organisations throughout the West of England, to share learnings from the past year with regards to delivering online engineering work experience events.

As can be seen in the above word cloud, there are many benefits to virtual engagement activities. The benefit of increased accessibility due to the lack of travel requirements was highlighted by several participants, along with an increase in the number of young people reached due to increased capacity when delivering activities online.

The graphs below show the variety of different activities delivered by our participants and their organisations over the past year, with more informal Q&A sessions with employees being a popular choice that seems to have had the most success so far, much like our recent Big Beam In event.

Participants discussed what has been working well and what could be improved, barriers to online experiences and how to overcome these, and what work experience will look like for their organisation in the future – a hybrid combining the best bits of online and in-person experiences.

You can view a recording of the session on the DETI Inspire YouTube channel (linked below), including talks by Fiona Doughton from the West of England Combined Authority Careers Hub, Rebecca Bound from Renishaw, Ceri Bowers from Ablaze and Rhona Phelps from the STEM Ambassador hub West England.

Thanks to all our speakers and participants for attending, it was great to hear what you’ve been up to over the past year and share ideas for improving our engineering work experience events to make sure we are all delivering careers engagement activities with real impact.

DETI is a strategic programme of the West of England Combined Authority (WECA), delivered by the National Composites Centre, in partnership with the Centre for Modelling & SimulationDigital Catapult, the University of the West of England, the University of Bristol, and the University of Bath. DETI is funded by £5m from WECA, with co-investment from the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and industry.

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