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Work Experience

Thinking about a career in IT? Want to get some work experience in an exciting and innovative technology company? Look no further than Kainos.

Our work experience programme

We offer 16-18 year-olds a real insight into what it’s like to work in IT. Over the four days that you’ll spend in our Belfast office, you will get to experience a taste of everything we do 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 grow your skills, learn more about project management and experience some of the cutting edge technologies that we use here at Kainos. You’ll also get the chance to put everything you’ve learned into action by creating your own mobile app!

Frequently asked questions

The Kainos work experience scheme is aimed at 16 to 18 year-olds with all levels of technical knowledge. You will be supervised by a mentor during your time with Kainos who will be on hand to provide guidance and support to you.

The work experience scheme runs for four days in total, from Monday to Thursday, 10am until 3pm each day. You need to be available to attend all 4 days.

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 we use on a daily basis. You will also learn how to develop mobile applications and test them on a real device! On the final day, you’ll work through some different challenges and present your final product to your mentor and others, gaining experience of project management and improving your presenting skills.

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 and 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 – and have fun along the way!

To sign up for our work experience program just click the apply now button below and complete the registration details.

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 early 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 place 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.

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.

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.

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 visits will be facilitated.

Our work experience placements for this school year have now closed. They will re-open in September 2017 for bookings from October 2017 - March 2018.
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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!

Michal
Work Experience Student
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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.

Chris
Work Experience Student
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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.

Amy
Work Experience Student