We offer 16-18 year-olds a real insight into what it’s like to work in IT.
Over the five days that you’ll spend in our Belfast office, you will get to experience a taste of everything
here at Kainos,
meet lots of our people and get hands-on with some programming.
You’ll be assigned a mentor who will take you through various development exercises, giving you the chance to
learn more about project management and experience some of the cutting edge technologies that we use here at
You’ll also get the chance to put everything you’ve learned into action by creating your own mobile app!
Here’s what you can expect on each of the five days at Work Experience with Kainos.
Work experience schedule
Introductions, ice-breakers and overview of what’s in store – from user stories to AI
Start to build your skills through workshops and get inside the heads of tech leaders
Use skills learned to critically analyse products, services and come up with ideas of your own
Design, develop and test based on the user stories that have been created
Finish off building a prototype, present what you have created and a quick recap!
Frequently asked questions
Who is the scheme aimed at?
The Kainos work experience scheme is aimed at 16 to 18 year-olds with all levels of technical
You will be supervised by a mentor during your time with Kainos who will be on hand to provide
and support to you.
How long does the scheme last?
The work experience scheme runs for five days in total, from Monday to Friday, 10am until 3pm each
day. You need to be available to attend all five days.
What is the content?
Over the four days, you will learn how to develop a website using the latest technology,
building your HTML and CSS skills along the way, as well as getting familiar with some of the terms
use on a daily basis.
You will also learn how to develop mobile applications and test them on a real device! On the final
you’ll work through some different challenges and present your final product to your mentor and
gaining experience of project management and improving your presenting skills.
What will I gain from attending?
You’ll get a real idea of what it’s like to be a software engineer working for Kainos.
You’ll be able to chat to some professional software engineers about what they enjoy about their job
ask them any
questions that you may have about what it’s like to work in software development.
Finally, you’ll gain some of the technical skills that software developers use on a daily basis –
have fun along the way!
How do I sign up?
To sign up for our work experience program just click the apply now button below and complete the
Please note: we only have 4 spaces on our scheme each week and spaces are filled on a first come,
first served basis. The scheme usually fills up extremely quickly so we would suggest applying
to avoid disappointment.
We only offer work experience at our Belfast office.
We require indemnity insurance documents signed by your school/college to be able to offer you a
on our work experience scheme.
These forms will be requested from you upon acceptance of your place on the scheme.
If you are unable to provide these forms we will not be able to offer you a place.
What happens if there is no availability?
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.
Is there anything I need to bring?
All we need you to bring is a packed lunch for Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Kainos will provide pizza on Tuesday so don’t worry about bring a lunch for this day.
Your mentor will give you all the information and instructions you need when you arrive.
Can my careers teacher come and visit me?
Yes, your careers teacher is welcome to come to the office and visit you.
They will need to phone in advance to arrange a suitable time as we cannot guarantee unscheduled
will be facilitated.
Book a work experience placement for this school year:
We do provide another opportunity for students to gain hands on coding experience at
which will be
held in 2019. Full details of timescales and how to apply can be found on the link above.
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!
Work Experience Student
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.
Work Experience Student
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.