Digital work experience

Last week, we launched Learning in Lockdown, our virtual work experience programme for students aged 14-15.

We simply had no idea that it would attract so much interest and enthusiasm from schools, teachers and students alike.

Giving students a first-class experience is our top priority.

With more than 300 schools and many thousands of students now signed up for the placement on w/c 18th May, regrettably we’ve taken the decision to close registrations for this round.

However, one thing is clear to us – there is huge demand for high-quality, virtual work experience programmes that will inspire and engage young people, and it is our intention to explore ways in which we can help even more students access initiatives like this in the future.

Please complete the form at the bottom of this page, in order to register your interest for a future virtual learning programme.

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Step 1

How it works

We've worked on a not-for-profit basis with our partners, to create a week long remote work experience programme.

The scheme starts on the 18th May 2020 and will run for 5 full days.

  • Class Of Your Own will provide the syllabus, learning resources and guidance for teachers, schools and students. The week will be based around a design challenge for teams of young people that will utilise the full breadth of the STEM subjects.
  • Learn Live will manage the broadcast and interactive online experience to engage the thousands of participants.
  • The scheme has been fully audited and will provide all participating young people who submit an entry at the end of the week with a Silver Industrial Cadets award and become part of the national Industrial Cadets accreditation network.
  • The Social Value Portal will monitor and report upon the social value generated throughout the whole initiative
  • Frequently Asked Questions for schools can be found here.

How you can help

"We're calling out to industry, to help give our students the best experience possible. You can sponsor a single student or an entire school and in return you will be a part of an innovative scheme and generate a significant amount of social value."

Mark Robinson, Scape Group chief executive


What's included?

Virtual Learning
Industry Expertise
A Recognised Award

A week long programme

The syllabus is built around the Esteem Pavilion Challenge.

We will introduce a collaborative construction, design, engineering and project management challenge and will feature all of the STEM subjects.


Young people will work together in small groups - and with industry mentors - to deliver a fully detailed engineering design proposal.

And this is not just theory. They will be working on a real building!

  • Design
  • Engineering
  • Construction
  • Project Management
  • Sustainability

Expert input from across the industry

We're assembling a crack team of daily speakers.

The full team will include a wide range of industry experts and volunteers, spanning the major construction and consultancy firms in the UK. They have agreed to give their time to share their experiences of the construction industry, explain how it works and will offer important "from the floor" insights to inspire and engage attendees.

You will also hear from the talented students at Herriot Watt University who have kindly offered their support.

Together, our panel of experts can promise an unforgettable online learning experience.

  • Daily speakers
  • Industry insight
  • Career insights
  • Mentoring
  • Live chat

Silver Industrial Cadets Award

The programme features 30 hours of work experience.

It will be accredited by both Class of Your Own and the Industrial Cadets Scheme.

This will provide all participating young people with a completion certificate that will include the Silver Industrial Cadets Award. They will also become part of the national Industrial Cadets accreditation network

That means every student will participate in industry recognised work experience and will each receive a useful addition to their future CV!

Learn more about the Industrial Cadets.

  • 30 hours work experience
  • Fully accredited scheme
  • Silver Industrial Cadets Award
Step 2

Register your interest

Learning In Lockdown Logo

Due to the unprecedented demand for this scheme, we have taken the decision to close registration for schools.

FOR INDUSTRY, UNIVERSITIES AND HIGHER EDUCATION PROVIDERS - We are still seeking further help from businesses and individuals that would like to support the curriculum, become a mentor or sponsor the scheme, please click here to pledge your support.

FOR SCHOOLS - It is our intention to quickly explore how we can expand this pilot scheme so that more schools and young people can benefit from this initiative. So please enter your details in the form below. We'll be in touch soon.



Build UK Work Experience Guide

Future Building

Take a look at the Build UK "Future Building' work experience guide, produced in collaboration with Class of Your Own and the Department for Work and Pensions for the construction industry.

This guide is designed to make it as easy as possible for companies to offer work experience placements that provide a stepping stone into longer term work or training.


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