Work experience

Although we remain committed to providing work experience, due to the uncertain situation that we find ourselves in, it is very likely that we will be unable to provide placements until Spring 2021 at the earliest. We will update this webpage when we are ready to host work experience again.

The Trust recognises that providing work experience placements can provide benefits to both you and the Trust. As part of developing an engaged workforce, we are committed to providing work experience opportunities to enable people to positively explore the different career pathways we offer and to consider a dynamic worthwhile career in mental health care that will make a positive difference to people in need of our services.

Work experience placements can be:

  • Organised student work experience placement schemes; as part of a college or university course, with an agreed learning programme.
  • Programmes organised by schools or colleges for a short period of time (usually no more than 2 weeks).
  • Schemes organised by us where there is an identified need to develop skills and interest in roles in a particular area or profession.
  • National schemes organised by the NHS.
  • Individual requests for work experience.
  • Shadowing/Observing:  There may be requests from individuals to shadow a Trust employee or to observe activities within the Trust.  This may be acceptable for short periods of no more than 2 weeks.
  • Longer term placements may be considered on a case by case basis.

Please do not approach individual members of staff to ask them to host a work experience placement.

Who can apply?

Ideally you will be living and/or studying in the AWP catchment area. This includes Bristol, Weston Super Mare, North Somerset, South Glos, Bath, Swindon, Devizes, Trowbridge, Salisbury and surrounding villages.

Are there any restrictions?

You can only do work experience if a ward manager or supervisor in the relevant department is available to fully supervise you during your time with us.

Work experience is available for those 16 years and over in an office environment and 18 years and over on a ward or in a clinical setting. Unfortunately we cannot offer work experience placements to those under the age of 16.

You cannot start your work experience until we have undertaken ID checks and referencing, as a minimum. More checks may be required depending on the location of your placement. Checks take a minimum of 4 weeks to complete, sometimes longer.

Work experience can be for a short period only, normally no more than 2 weeks. We cannot provide clinical placements that last several weeks and is part of a University degree unless your University already has an agreement with our Trust to do so.

How do I apply?

  • Please send your CV with a covering letter which details:
  • What location/town you are interested in
  • What team you are interested in if known
  • What type of experience/field of work you are interested in (nursing, heathcare support worker, administration, finance etc)
  • The dates you are required to undertake work experience.

Please send your CV to

I've sent in my CV, what happens next?

Your enquiry will be acknowledged, normally within 3 working days.  We will then contact the relevant Ward Manager or Team Leader to see if they are able to host a work experience placement. (This may take a few working days depending on their availability.) We will then confirm via email if a work experience placement can be offered.  It is possible that if a placement cannot be offered, a conversation with a member of staff to discuss what it's like working in the mental health field can be arranged.

How do I find out about jobs at AWP?

Our vacancies can be found on our jobs website and also on NHS Jobs.

You can also follow us on social media to find out more about the Trust and vacancies.  We are on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
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Where can I get information about careers in the NHS?

Visit the Health Careers website. Information on the 350 different types of roles available in the NHS can be found here. You can also take a quiz to find out what roles might suit you.

Visit the Step into the NHS website where there is lots of information for young people considering a career in the NHS.

Careers and Jobs Fairs

We attend many events at local schools, colleges and Universities within the AWP footprint. Keep an eye out on the events information for your school, college or uni. We also share where we are going to be attending via our social media.

Can AWP take part in our school/college/Uni/local careers event?

We try to take part in as many events as possible within our catchment area. This could be at a careers fair, taking part in mock interviews, CV support and providing careers talks etc via Skype/Zoom etc.

If you are a Careers Teacher, please contact us at




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