14-18 Work Experience and Career Skills Programmes

Here at the MERL we know how important it is for young people to experience the world of work to give them an insight into a range of careers and to learn essential skills to aid their employability.

We offer a comprehensive work experience programme for pre and post 16 students often in partnership with Reading Museum. Due to Covid-19 our physical placements are currently on hold however it is possible to book a deferred placement or there may be virtual projects available that young people can work on remotely.

Places are limited, however there are other opportunities to get involved such as our Youth Panel (see below) or by becoming a regular volunteer.

For further information please contact our Widening Participation Officer.

Learn more about our Work Experience programmes here:

Youth Panel

In the past our young people’s panel has been focused on undergraduate students. Our new Youth Panel is for students aged 14 – 18. We meet regularly during term time to work on a variety of exciting projects which are great for developing a range of transferable skills.

Join us!

The Museum of English Rural Life and Reading Museum are looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our Youth Panel.
As a member you will:
  • help ensure the museums are relevant to young visitors
  • gain behind-the-scenes museum experience working with museum professionals
  • learn transferable skills
  • have a fantastic project for your CV, UCAS or job application
  • meet new people
Meetings will take place every third Thursday of the month online 4.30pm – 5.30pm from September 2020.

Recent projects include:

  • Designing ‘The Nook’, the new social learning space as part of the Our Country Lives redevelopment project. Students worked with museum staff and designers to create a new, relaxing space where students and the public are welcome to study, relax and reflect.
  • Our Panel have organised two successful Museums at Night events, the ‘1951 Vintage Night’ and ‘Chalk or Cheese?’.

Next Sessions

  • Thursday 17th September 2020

For more information on how to join, please contact merlevents@reading.ac.uk