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Work Experience and Volunteering

Work experience explained

Work experience is time spent in a workplace learning about a job role, a company or a career sector.

Most work experience is unpaid though there are some types of opportunities where you can earn money.

Companies are starting to develop 'virtual' placements, where you work remotely using digital technology, without having to go in to the workplace.


Anyone can volunteer. It can be very rewarding and is a great way to:

  • meet new people
  • gain new or use existing skills
  • get experience
  • make a big difference to your community

There are lots of easy ways to give your time to help others – from having a cup of tea with an elderly neighbour, to helping out in your local area or making a regular commitment to volunteer with a charity or community group.

 The Volunteer Centre Rotherham promotes volunteering across the borough and advises hundreds of people each year who wish to find out about volunteering opportunities and refers them to volunteer involving organisations in and around Rotherham.

Conservation volunteering - Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust 

Volunteering with us is a great way to gain skills, make friends, support your community and help wildlife.

Everyone is welcome, regardless of background, experience, ability or availability, every hour is valued and valuable. We support every volunteer with inductions, relevant training, regular newsletters, and provide the tools needed for your role, including basic travel expenses.


Work experience and internships |

Internships, work placements, work shadowing, volunteering and part-time work are all great ways to build skills and try out a certain job or career before investing in it. Discover more work experience ideas by clicking the link above.

Barclays Life Skills Work Experience

Tips and guidance on improving your careers prospects with work experience.

Volunteering and work experience

Volunteering and Work experience (or an internship) is a valuable tool, helping you make the right careers choices and get the job you want. Some schools in Rotherham offer you the chance to take part in a work experience placement in Year 10 or 11, lasting usually for 3 weeks. However you don't need to be in school to take part in a placement, many companies will be able and willing to offer you a placement. is a database of UK volunteering opportunities. You can search more than a million volunteering opportunities by interest, activity or location and then apply online.


Volunteering with Scouts | Scouts

Volunteering’s not just about giving back – it goes both ways. It improves your wellbeing, gives you skills for the future, and helps you make new friends (and memories).