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Work Experience

If you don’t have a lot of experience of a workplace or a new workplace, one way of feeling more confident is to get that experience. Even if it isn’t exactly the same role as you are looking for, it’s a great way to improve your transferable skills such as teamwork, communication and leadership. There are a few ways that you can do this, but it will depend on the employer or organisation, how they work and what they are willing to provide.

  • Traineeship – a training programme for young people
  • Volunteering – doing work for free, usually for charities, good for wellbeing and the first steps towards work
  • Work trial – employers sometime offer work trials to see if candidates are the right fit for a job, these should be time limited
  • Supported internship – a programme for young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan

Sometimes work experience is provided on training projects for certain sectors, so look out for courses with links to employers as these may offer work experience or guaranteed interviews.

Find organisations that offer training courses by searching the One Front Door provider directory using the search dropdown to search for ‘sector training’.

Find volunteering opportunities on the One Front Door jobs board.