Helping you into work

Improving work skills, volunteering, and apprenticeships

Improving your work skills

The more skills and experience you have, the better your CV will look and there is a better chance of you having just the right experience the employer is looking for.

Providing voluntary work is a good way to increase your work skills and experience whilst also supporting your local community. It is also a good way to have fun, improve your self confidence and gain work experience.

Taking up temporary work and registering with various agencies can be a good way of gaining work experience. Temporary workers do not benefit from all the employment benefits in this type of work, but it is a good way of gaining work experience and developing your work skills.

Work voluntarily

There are many opportunities available for you to work voluntarily, giving your time free to help and support individuals or organisations.

Providing voluntary work is a good way to increase your work skills and experience whilst supporting your local community. It is also a good way to have fun, improve your self confidence and gain real work experience. You will gain many of the benefits of paid work except that you will not receive any pay or money for giving up your time.

Most high streets have a number of charity shops that are normally happy to accept volunteers to sort stock, collection / delivery or to work in the shop. Charitable organisations are frequently able to offer a wide range of work experience and job training and all of this can be used on your CV as evidence of work experience.

If you are claiming benefits, check with your advisor that these will not be affected by doing voluntary work i.e. if you are volunteering you are technically not seeking employment during that time and you may incur sanctions on your benefits.

Apprenticeships

An apprentice will get paid while learning a craft or trade, gaining hands-on experience and maybe attending college or take formal study part-time over a number of years. Apprenticeships are often used within the building trade to train new professionals. An apprenticeship typically lasts for 3 to 6 years and provides a recognized qualification.

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