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Work experience and apprenticeships

Work experience

Work experience is available to:

  • all 18 to 24 year olds
  • people aged 25 and over who do not have any recent work history

If you offer a young person work experience you’ll be helping to give them a better chance of finding work.

Read the work experience guidance for employers to find out what’s expected of you.

Call the Employer Services Line if you want help to become a work experience host.


These are organised through the National Apprenticeship Service and often follow a period of work experience. They combine practical training with study.

If you take on an apprentice, you can get funding to train them. You might also be able to get an apprenticeship grant if you run a small or medium-sized business.

Apprenticeships are different in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.