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Work Experience

Thinking about a career in IT? Want to get some work experience in an exciting and innovative technology company? Look no further than Kainos.

Our work experience programme

We offer students aged 16-18 years old a real insight into what it’s like to work in IT. Over the five days that you’ll spend in one of our offices, you will get to experience a taste of everything we do here at Kainos, meet lots of our people and get hands-on experience of programming.

You’ll be assigned a mentor who will take you through various development exercises, giving you the chance to grow your skills, learn more about project management and experience some of the cutting-edge technologies that we use here at Kainos. You’ll also get the chance to put everything you’ve learned into action by creating your own web applications!

Here’s what our work experience students get up to during their week’s placement.

Frequently asked questions

Students aged 16-18 years old with all levels of technical knowledge. You will be supervised by a mentor during your time with Kainos who will be on hand to provide guidance and support to you.

Five days in total, from Monday to Friday, 10am until 3pm each day. You must be able to attend all five days to secure a place.

Over the five days, you will learn how to develop a website using the latest technology, building your HTML, CSS, and JavaScript skills along the way. On the final day, you’ll work through some different challenges and present your final product to your mentor and others, gaining experience of project management and improving your presenting skills.

You’ll get a real sense of what it’s like to be a software engineer. You’ll be able to chat to some professional software engineers about what they enjoy about their job and ask them any questions that you may have about what it’s like to work in the tech industry. Finally, you’ll gain some of the technical skills that software developers use daily – and have fun along the way!

To sign up for our work experience program just click the apply now button below and complete the registration details. We only have eight spaces – or six in Birmingham - on our scheme each week and spaces are filled on a first come, first served basis. The scheme usually fills up quickly, so we would suggest applying early to avoid disappointment. We only offer work experience at our Belfast and Birmingham offices.

Keep an eye on the calendar in case we have any cancellations. If a space becomes available, you can book it as normal. If not, please check back next September when the scheme reopens.

All you need to bring is a packed lunch for Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Kainos will provide lunch on Tuesday. Your mentor will give you all the information and instructions you need when you arrive.

As each day is action packed, we’re unable to facilitate visits from careers teachers between 10am and 3pm, however appointments can be arranged outside these hours and we’re happy to provide verbal feedback over the phone.

There’s no need to wear your uniform, casual clothing is fine.

Our work experience programme will reopen in September. Please check back then and keep an eye on our social media accounts for updates. If you're a school or a student with a work experience, outreach and careers query please raise a support request.
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I enjoyed using Android Studio as it involved using a new programming language (JAVA) and using the Raspberry Pi (Python). I also enjoyed the atmosphere and the pizza!

Michal
Work Experience Student
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I enjoyed the atmosphere of Kainos. It gave me a real taste of what it would be like to work in a software engineering company, which was exactly what i was looking for. People were friendly and clearly happy to be a part of Kainos.

Chris
Work Experience Student
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I enjoyed learning the basics of programming. As my school does not offer computer science as a subject choice, I found Kainos Work Experience to be a great insight into Computer Science and careers related to this subject.

Amy
Work Experience Student