Work Experience & Volunteering

Work experience and volunteering can improve your employability by demonstrating your interests, skills and qualities to employers. Find out more.

About Work Experience

Work experience can refer to a week or two spent covering a company or organisation. It can involve working on tasks appropriate to a junior level, in which case the National Minimum Wage is required by law. Work experience could otherwise involve shadowing an employee to follow them around, discover what they do and learn from them. This would not involve work and would not be paid. Longer periods of work experience can include internships and paid internships. In addition, students who are studying on a further education or higher education course may be expected to do a work placement as part of their course - employers are not obliged to pay any student on a work placement that lasts less than a year, but often do.

Types of work experience:

  • 1-2 weeks work shadowing (unpaid)
  • 1-2 weeks work experience with tasks (paid)
  • 1-3 months internship (paid or unpaid)
  • up to 12 months work placement (paid or unpaid).
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About Volunteering

Volunteering is a way to give your time to a good cause. It's unpaid activity, but you will get to develop new skills, broaden your horizons and show potential employers what you're capable of achieving. Like work experience, any volunteering activities you take part in can be put on your CV to demonstrate your employability. Volunteering opportunities can be found in the UK and also overseas, if you've got the travel bug or want to help the planet.

Volunteering organisations

To apply for volunteering orgs you need a CV...

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Youth Employment UK

Young people get to volunteer across the UK and tackle youth employment at the same time!

National Citizen Service

A once-in-a-lifetime volunteering opportunity open to all 16 and 17 year olds across England.


Team v is a 9-month leadership and volunteering programme, powered by socially-aware young people

Raleigh International

Raleigh International is a sustainable development charity enabling young people to volunteer abroad.

Restless Development

Volunteer overseas to help fight global poverty and start building a strong foundation for future job applications.


#iwill is a national campaign that aims to make social action part of life for as many 10 to 20 year-olds as possible by the year 2020.


See how work experience can kickstart your career. Take a look & pass it on via #WEcan.

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