Work experience

Work experience refers to unpaid, short-term work placements. They are normally 1-2 weeks but can sometimes run for up to a month.

Many social care organisations offer work experience on a formal or informal basis. The type of work experience that is on offer usually depends on the nature of the service.

Why do a work placement?

  • Get a REAL insight into different job roles
  • Get the information you need to make informed decisions about your future
  • Demonstrate to employers that you have the rights values and skills for a career in adult social care

Finding a work placement

Work experience placements are often offered as part of a college or university course. It is a good idea to talk to your teaching staff and careers service for help with finding placements.

Work experience placements can also be organised through services such as Job Centre Plus and other employability organisations.

Volunteering

Volunteering refers to unpaid work that is usually carried out in not-for-profit or charity settings. People can choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. It offers the chance to give something back to the community around you, as well as helping you to develop new skills.

Why do voluntary work?

  • Make a difference in your community
  • Gain confidence and new skills
  • Stand out when applying for jobs or training courses

Volunteering opportunities in Leicestershire and Rutland

Voluntary Action Leicestershire are an organisation dedicated to helping people to find voluntary work in their community.

Visit their website to find an opportunity near you.