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Give yourself a boost with a work experience placement at Victoria Plum

Posted by Adam Chard in Latest News | 1 month ago 5 min read

If you’re a Year 10, 11 or 12 student searching for a work experience placement, why not give us a try? Read on, as we explain more about opportunities at Victoria Plum, share experiences and show you how to apply.

Working for a fast-paced online retailer is incredibly rewarding. From supply chain and buying, to warehousing and distribution (not to mention commercial, customer engagement, human resources, finance, IT and marketing!), at Victoria Plum, you’ll gain some serious experience within the retail sector.

As the UK’s largest online only bathroom retailer, all our work experience placements are specially tailored to suit your needs, allowing you to work on meaningful projects that’ll prepare you for the working world and help shape your future. As a work experience placement student, we aim to provide you with both experience and enthusiasm, so you’ll consider joining us again once you’ve successfully completed your current education.

Give yourself a boost with a work experience placement

Want to give your experience a boost?

So, what else will you gain from a Victoria Plum work placement? Let’s find out…


What is a work placement?

If you’ve found this article, you probably won’t need much explanation as to what a work placement is. However, at Victoria Plum, much like our approach to bathrooms, we don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. Our work placements can be anywhere between a week to a whole year in length. From secondary school students on work experience week to university undergraduates searching for a rewarding sandwich year, you’ll get the opportunity to learn in an active working environment, providing vital experience before you complete your current education.

Learn vital workplace skills

Learn vital workplace skills with Victoria Plum


Why a work experience placement at Victoria Plum?

Well, there are many good reasons to apply for a work experience placement at Victoria Plum. Here are just 5 of them…

  1. By undertaking a work experience placement with us, we’ll help introduce you to the world of work, gaining valuable insights into your desired career, or perhaps simply giving you a taste of different career options.

  2. As the UK’s largest online only bathroom retailer, you can choose from a variety of departments and disciplines, each containing knowledgeable, experienced professionals in their respective fields.

  3. Throughout your time with us, you will be assigned your own “Buddy”—someone who will check in with you and answer any questions you may have.

  4. We’ll provide you with a unique experience that matches your wants and needs, giving you something impressive to put on your CV for potential employers.

  5. Once completed, we’ll provide you with a review to make sure you got everything you wanted out of your time with us.

Work with experienced professionals who are experts in their field

Work with experienced professionals who are experts in their field

So, what does a Victoria Plum work experience placement look like in practice? Let’s hear from one of our most recent work experience placement students.


Meet Romanee: Victoria Plum work experience placement student

Year 12 secondary school pupil Romanee joined our marketing team for a 2-week work experience placement. Working closely with our Interior Designer and Content Curator Ruth, Romanee helped research, brief and create an inspirational bathroom room set, which we used as part of our marketing content output.

Romanee takes up the story:

“My work experience placement began with a trip to the Victoria Plum head office in Doncaster, where I was warmly welcomed by the team. I was then kindly provided with a laptop, as I would be working remotely. The one exception was when I travelled to Manchester to meet with Ruth, someone I would be working with closely. She explained what I’d achieve by the end of my experience and gave me some great insight by demonstrating her previous work.”

“My task was to create a bathroom design which would appeal to a specific customer profile. I would then brief this to a CGI team who would bring my ideas to life. Whilst working remotely, Ruth still offered amazing support, helping with any queries I had and keeping on top of my tasks, so there was never a dull moment.”

“When creating the design brief, I gained excellent experience in choosing furniture, colour schemes and floor plans, whilst meeting tight deadlines. Once my initial brief was completed, I was able to adapt my ideas to fit smaller spaces, like ensuites and cloakrooms.”

“I was extremely happy with how my designs turned out and enjoyed working professionally as part of a design team. I’m very grateful for this opportunity which made me realise that my passion for creativity and design is something I’d like to pursue as a career.”

Romanee's Soothing Blue bathroom

Click on the image above to see more of Romanee's bathroom designs

Ruth says:

“During the process, Romanee learnt how to write a design brief and how to curate an informed design concept. This involved researching interiors trends and producing mood boards based on colour, textures, materials and product selection. She then worked with the CGI (Computer-generated imagery) team to develop her design as a 3D render. In the near future, we’ll be building the design in our studio, and Romanee will be invited back to help with an on-set photoshoot.”

“This was a valuable experience for both me and the business. I was able to develop team-working and communication skills in a managerial-style role, and it was wonderful to be able to provide Romanee with the opportunity to develop her portfolio. I look forward to working with other interns in the future in this capacity.”


How to apply

If you’re interested in a work experience placement at Victoria Plum, we’d love to hear from you. The quickest and easiest way to apply is using LiveChat on our website.

  1. Highlight and copy code VP_Careers.
  2. Head to our contact page and click “Chat now” or click the LiveChat icon on our website. Paste the code to begin your application.

Our friendly ChatBot will guide you through some initial questions to help start your application process.

Alternatively, you can email careers@victoriaplum.com with your CV and a covering letter.

Apply for a work experience placement

It's really easy applying for a work experience placement at Victoria Plum

We look forward to hearing from you.

Author, Adam Chard

Posted by Adam Chard in Latest News | 1 month ago

A born & raised West Countryman, now living on the Yorkshire Coast, for over 9 years Adam has been bringing home interior ideas to life at Victoria Plum. Adam’s favourite interior styles have been shaped by both urban and natural influences.

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