On this page you’ll find outreach opportunities and resources designed to build careers knowledge, as well as the transferable skills, cultural capital and independence needed to prepare students for the world of work and independent living at university. You’ll find community projects, work experience, career webinars and employer-led opportunities.

We’ll regularly update our World of Work with both regional and national opportunities, as well as those which we offer through our work with strategic partners in the Liverpool City Region. Many of these opportunities are only available at specific periods each year, so please do check this page regularly. If you can’t see anything that meets the needs of your school and students, or you’d like to discuss any of these opportunities further, please contact Sarah Hanson, at Sarah.hanson@liverpool.ac.uk.

LJMU Media Events

Liverpool John Moores University are offering two Media Career focused events in June 2021.

How to succeed in the Media and Creative Industries – Thursday 17th June 1pm – 3pm

This event is for Year 12 and 13 students at Sixth Form and College, or Media/Careers teachers. The webinar will be of interest to anyone wishing to study or pursue a career in the Media, including Journalism, Television, Online or Digital Media careers. Guest speakers include Ngunan Adamu, Producer and Presenter at BBC Radio Merseyside, Lois Frost, Freelance Personal Assistant and Assistant Director and Amanda Jane Dean, Communications and Engagement Manager, ITV in the North. Staff and students from LJMU’s Liverpool Screen School will also be speaking.

You can register for this event here.

BBC ‘Real News’ Day in collaboration with LJMU Journalism – Thursday 24th June

LJMU Journalism is delighted to invite students and teachers to their second ‘Real News’ day in partnership with BBC Young Reporter. This online event will help young people to develop critical thinking and digital literacy, think about the news and its role in society and try our some journalistic techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in an interactive ‘Real News’ workshop with specialist BBC trainers, get involved in smaller breakout rooms focused on topics such as how to develop a podcast, have a virtual tour of LJMU’s newsrooms, TV Studio and radio production facilities and learn what it takes to have a career in media, quizzing journalists from the BBC.

Schools are welcome to attend for a full day (9.15am – 3pm) or morning session only (9.15am – 1pm) and bookings are limited to one group of Sixth Form students per school/college. You can find out more and book on here.

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Creating Careers Healthcare Webinars

In collaboration with the Liverpool City Region Careers Hub and Health Education England, Shaping Futures are pleased to offer a series of webinars focusing on different healthcare careers. Each webinar is open to parents/carers/guardians, teachers/school staff and students in Years 11, 12 and 13. The webinars will take place on Zoom between 4.30pm and 5.30pm on the dates below, with the link sent out 24 hours in advance. A comprehensive aftercare package is offered for all students.

  • 22nd April: Step Into Social Care
  • 20th May: Careers in Nursing
  • 17th June: Non Medical NHS Careers
  • 15th July: Healthcare Science

Students can register here.

Develop Yourself

Develop Yourself is a 5 week long skills focused programme specifically for young carers and looked after children, aged 13 to 16. Delivered in conjunction with the LJMU Careers Team, participants will take part in a carousel of activities, from tasters in Art and Nursing, to thinking about what they are good at and where they could be headed.

This after school programme begins in April 2021, taking place virtually between 4pm and 5.30pm. If you are interested, please contact the LJMU Outreach Team at outreach@ljmu.ac.uk.

You can view a flyer for the programme here.

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Nuffield Research Placements

Nuffield Research Placements, funded by the Nuffield Foundation and delivered by STEM Learning and All About Stem, are engaging, hands-on research projects, where students have the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution towards the work of a host organisation.

They allow students to apply skills and knowledge learned at school and work alongside researchers and industry professionals to develop subject understanding, research, and quantitative skills, as well as learn more about higher education and different career paths. Nuffield Placements can be used to enhance UCAS personal statements or to apply for a Gold Crest Award of the Big Bang Competition.

These placements take place in the summer holidays after Year 12, lasting between 4 and 6 weeks, and are free to take part in, with travel costs are reimbursed. Eligibility criteria apply and placements are prioritised for students from low-income backgrounds or who are first in their immediate family to attend university. Click this box to use the online eligibility tool and begin your application!

Speakers for Schools

Speakers for Schools, alongside their additional programme of talks for schools, now provide an Experience Offer, enabling young people to access employer-led virtual work experiences, with opportunities available both term time and during school holidays. Employers involved with delivering these virtual experiences include Spotify, L’Oreal, Amey, Balfour Beatty, Wates and Wilmott Dixox.

Schools can register via the Speakers for Schools portal (click this box to do so!), after which you will be able to view and promote to your learners a range of inspiring virtual experiences of the world of work. These will range from 1 day ‘Insight’ sessions to 3 and 5 day work experience programmes.

Your regional contact for Speakers for Schools is Shaheen Gull, who you can contact by email@: shaheen.gul@speakersforschools.org

Medical work experience

Healthcare work experience can be difficult to come by at the moment, so Brighton and Sussex Medical School are offering an online alternative. Taking between 6 and 9 hours, this programme introduces the NHS before exploring the roles and skillsets of 6 different medical specialists. This virtual work experience would be more suitable for students aspiring to medical school, but other aspiring healthcare students may also find it useful

National Citizens Service



The National Citizens Service is specifically designed for 16 and 17-year-olds, to help them build confidence and gain key skills like problem-solving, teamwork, and communication. Participants meet a range of new people and broaden their horizons as they work through challenges, providing excellent preparation for university or employment

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