Work Experience Update: 1 December 2021

Work Experience Update 1 December 2021 – Health and Social Care based work experience

We had formal notification from the chair of the Regional Work Experience Placement (WEP) group that a decision had been made by the HSCNI OD Network to CONTINUE TO STAND DOWN all work experience placements and open days for post primary students and Level 1-3 in FE Colleges – has now been extended from their previous date of January 2022.  The decision is that there will be no ‘in person’ activity until the end of March 2022 at the earliest.  (This will remain under review). There will be no in person work experience/open days before the end of March 2022 at the earliest.

This is a regional HSCNI decision and covers all organisations listed below:

  • Belfast Health and Social Care Trust – all sites
  • Northern Health and Social Care Trust  – all sites
  • South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust – all sites
  • Southern Health and Social Care Trust – all sites
  • Western Health and Social Care Trust– all sites
  • NI Ambulance Service– all sites
  • NI Blood Transfusion Service– all sites
  • Business Services Organisation (BSO) (this includes Public Health Agency (PHA) and Health and Social Care Board)

In relation to other organisations returning to ‘in person’ work experience, we will keep you apprised of the situation.  As the guidance from the NI Executive remains ‘work from home’ if you can, many are not considering a return to in-person until they have returned staff back to the workplace and have risk assessed the situation.  We continue to encourage those organisations that are able to offer short ‘virtual’ sessions or provide other ways of engaging students in career learning.

Please refer to these sections of our website for further information:

Work Inspiration Noticeboard:

Work Inspiration Careers Resources:

Work Inspiration Careers Storyboards:

Work Inspiration Careers Videos:

This is an update to the 1 September 2021 suspension which suspended activity until January 2022.

Latest information from the Education Authority in relation to work experience is here: Work Experience Arrangements | Education Authority Northern Ireland (

The Work Inspiration team postponed all of our physical events on 16 March 2020. At the moment there is no resumption to in person activity. Schools will be updated once there is a resumption.