Discovery Work Experience Programme 2017

Oxford Instruments has been providing the school students in Oxfordshire and the neighboring areas with 'work experience weeks' for many years. The work experience weeks spent at our organisations have always been popular with students.

In 2016, we launched our  ‘Discovery Work Experience Programme’ that took place from 20th to 24th June 2016 at Oxford Instruments' Tubney Woods site. This is complementary to the range of other programmes already in place, as listed below.

Discovery Work Experience Programme 2016 team

The purpose of launching this structured work experience programme is to provide valuable insight into Oxford Instruments and to give the students an opportunity to see personally, what it is like to work in the industry. By talking to people already in business, students can find out how it is to be working in a manufacturing company dealing with world-class scientific equipments.

The design of the 2016 programme included exposures to both the Industrial Analysis and the NanoScienceDiscovery Work Experience Programme 2016 attendees making presentation businesses at the Tubney Woods site, for GCSE and A Level students.  Learning activities included a blend of classroom style briefings, practicals, presentations and work, across a range of functional disciplines. These not only helped them to have an understanding of our product portfolio, technologies and our customers, but also helped in developing soft skills such team building, branding and commercial awareness.

We are now accepting applications for the 2017 Discovery Work Experience Programme. If you are interested, apply on-line by filling in a simple form, available on this page.

Key dates for the 2017 programme

Applications opening date:

16th November 2016

Applications closing date:

17:00 on Friday 03 February 2017

Shortlisted candidates to be contacted by:

Friday 17 February 2017

Dates of the programme:

Monday 19 – Friday 30 June 2017

Feedback from participants of 2016 programme:

"The work experience program at Oxford Instruments was by far the most enriching scientific experience I have had. The week encompassed both the research and business aspects of the company, and whilst we learnt about the different roles and jobs, our education was also supplemented with heaps of scientific knowledge to aid our understanding."

"Oxford Instruments helped inspire the future generation of engineers."

"My week at Oxford Instruments has been very interesting, informative, and also a lot of fun,  I’ve enjoyed exploring the science behind the machines, and have also learnt a great deal about the world of work during the course of the week, which I’m sure will be of great use to me in the future."

"I would like to thank Oxford Instruments for their time and hospitality, I am very grateful for this experience."

Other programmes:

Project-based summer placements

In addition to the Discovery Work Experience Programme, we also accept students with specific skills for project-based placements during summer. Email us, if you are interested.

Long-term internships

If you are taking a year-off and want to acquire some work experience within your area of interest, email us to find out whether there are any opportunities.

Apprenticeship and trainee programmes

We hold regular workshops at universities and colleges to attract young talent to join us as apprentices (4 year programme) and short-term trainees. As an Apprentice or trainee, you will work with people, who are leaders in their fields and with products that you will be excited to tell your friends and family about. Most importantly, you will have experience and develop skills that will give you an exciting and fulfilling career. A detailed program guide is available. E-mail us, if you would like to know more.

Apply on-line for the 2017 programme here