Work experience opportunities at The Shakespeare Hospice are varied and can be tailor made to the needs of the student. We aim to encourage students from a wide range of backgrounds to experience working within a number of our departments. Places fill up quickly, especially during school holidays so ensure you apply well in advance.
Please note due to high demand for work experience placements, students should be living or studying within the hospice catchment area, which includes the Stratford upon Avon District, Kenilworth and the North Cotswolds. If you are not sure if you meet the criteria, please contact us before completing an application form.
Clinical Work Experience
Our Clinical work experience is aimed at students in Years 12 and 13 who have an interest in working within a care setting.
Students wishing to enter medical professions such as medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, and physiotherapy can spend 3 days with us shadowing our Day Hospice team and Transitional Care Team. This placement may also be of interest to students looking at careers in psychology or social work.
The experience will give students an insight into end of life care and to some of the services and therapies provided at the Hospice. There is an option to extend the placement to 5 days, with two days being spent in the non clinical departments of the Hospice.
"I was made to feel very welcome and I learnt so much about the Hospice and the invaluable work you do... I met some incredible patients whose stories have made me even more determined to follow my dream and become a doctor."
Non-Clinical Work Experience
Students from Year 10 upwards can spend a week at the Hospice in one or more of our departments.
Opportunities are available with Fundraising, including developing office and communication skills, gaining experience of project management and an overview of how a non-profit organisation works.
Occasionally, opportunities may be available within our Young People’s Services.
In our retail outlets, students can gain an understanding of retail management and how charity retail operates, including stock preparation and customer service.
Some students will spend a week in one department whereas others may spend a day in each department during the course of a week. We can be flexible based on the interests and aspirations of the student as well as the availability of staff in the Hospice.
"I really appreciate all your hard work for organising my week, it was very interesting and I feel I learnt a lot of important life skills and have developed as a person."
"I particularly enjoyed working in fundraising and retail; it allowed me to obtain a range of knowledge and understanding of various aspects of working life which was very useful as I am not sure what work I would like to go in to."
Applying For Work Experience
Students must complete an application form which can be posted to Helen Smith at the Hospice address or emailed to email@example.com. On receipt of your application form, students will be invited in for an informal interview and a look round the Hospice.
Careers Advisors, Work Related Learning Co-ordinators and Course Leaders are encouraged to visit the Hospice and discuss possible placements for students.
We are occasionally able to take students on extended work experience, for example one day a week over a period of weeks, to support students who are on a more vocationally related curriculum. Please contact Helen if you wish to discuss this option further.
For more information contact Helen Smith (Macmillan Youth and Community Coordinator) on 01789 266852 or firstname.lastname@example.org.