Work experience gives you an immersive insight into the world of work, allowing you to adapt to the habits of working life and develop relevant skills in the process, including communication, team building and organisation. This can significantly improve your employment prospects.
Getting work experience through volunteering also allows you to give something back to the community.
If you're aged 13-19, your high school or college will support you in identifying suitable opportunities for workplace encounters and experience as part of their careers programme.
If you're over 18 and claiming benefits, speak to your Work Coach about opportunities for work shadowing, placements or work trials as a route to build your CV and experience.
What are the benefits?
- Gaining valuable new skills, knowledge and experience
- Developing existing skills and knowledge
- Enhancing your CV
- Improving prospects for the future including further education, training or employment
- Supporting the achievement of a qualification
- Gaining a reference
- Giving something back to the community.
Find a variety of volunteering opportunities at: