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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

Work experience

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

The National Minimum Wage

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


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

Becoming a volunteer

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

Learning through voluntary work

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