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Work experience and volunteering

Planning a gap year

How taking a gap year can help your job prospects, and build your confidence and experience
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Work experience (education, learning and skills section)

Work experience means you can take part in the actual work required for a particular job. 'Work shadowing' enables you to observe a person involved in a specific job
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Work experience in Years 11 and 12 (education, learning and skills section)

Work experience is a great chance to get a taste of a real job and see what skills you may need in the world of work
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Work experience and the National Minimum Wage (education, learning and skills section)

Work experience can be paid or unpaid, depending on the arrangements you have with your employer. Find out if you are entitled to be paid the National Minimum Wage (NMW) when doing work experience
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Voluntary work (education, learning and skills section)

Voluntary work can be rewarding at any age and at any stage in your career path. The rewards to be gained from volunteering your time and energy can far outweigh any financial gain
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Learning through voluntary work (education, learning and skills section)

How using your skills and time to help others can provide learning and training opportunities, what you need to consider and how to get involved
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Volunteering (leisure, home and community section)

Find information about the benefits of volunteering within your community, advice for employees who are thinking about setting up a volunteering scheme and issues to consider when you're thinking about volunteering
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