Work experience

Due to COVID-19, we’re unable to host any work experience placements on site at the moment.  We will however be offering virtual work experience placements during the summer – further details can be found here

In previous years we have worked closely with local schools to offer a range of work experience placements throughout the summer months. Students can benefit from a one- or two-week placement in a variety of departments, such as:

  • Corporate – Communications, Facilities, Finance, HR, IT, Legal, Logistics, Procurement and Trading
  • Production – Chemistry, Engineering, Generation, Health & Safety, Maintenance and Materials Handling

Selection process

Our work experience timeline:

  • Early December to early January – online applications accepted
  • Early January to mid Feburary – applications reviewed, students interviewed, selections made, placements assigned
  • 1 June to 31 October – one- or two-week placements take place

Where possible, we like to ensure that students are matched with a placement in their area of interest. We receive a high volume of applications every year. We do our best to accommodate applicants but we cannot guarantee any placements.

Please visit our current vacancies page to apply.


I’m at college, not school – is your work experience for school leavers only?

We are happy to support a one- or two-week placement for students who are at college too. The timescales for college students is the same as the school calendar.

How old do I have to be to apply?

You must have turned 14 before 31 August in the year the placement is to take place to be eligible.

Do I have to attend an interview for a placement?

Not in all instances, however if an interview is required to assess your suitability, these will take place over the phone during January/February each year.

Would I get a report/reference from my work placement?

Most schools will ask students to complete a report book during their placement. Often, schools will visit Drax mid-placement to see how their student is progressing. References can be provided on request.

What happens if we receive too many applications?

Applications are assessed on an individual basis and are dependent on the departments that our business is offering placements in a given year. Therefore, it is important that students apply online as soon as the placement is advertised. Where possible, we like to ensure that students are matched with a placement in their area of interest.

What is the dress code while on a placement?

If students are placed in an office environment the dress code is smart business wear – no jeans or trainers. In a production environment they will need to wear special protective clothing which we will provide. This is worn on top of old casual wear. When a placement is confirmed, each student will be told what to wear before their start date.

What hours and days will I work?

Normal office hours are 8.30am to 4.45pm, Monday to Thursday, and 8.30am to 3.45pm on a Friday.

How long are the placements?

Work placements are usually one to two weeks in length.

What will happen before my placement?

Before the first day of a placement each student will receive a letter with all of the information required for their time with us. This will give details of when and where to arrive, what to wear, and in-depth health and safety information that needs to be adhered to on site. Each student has a dedicated person who will look after them throughout their placement.

What safety procedures do you follow?

Our safety procedures are very robust. We ensure that all students sign a Young Person’s Risk Assessment and that a full Fit to Work Assessment is carried out prior to all placements. Students are only allowed to be involved in work which is outlined in the risk assessment.

Do I need any specific safety equipment?

Full safety equipment and clothing will be provided for every role, where relevant. Prior to your placement you will be given full written confirmation of what you need to wear. All safety equipment will be provided by us.