Voluntary Work & Work Experience


Whether you are sure or not about what you want to do in life, it might be useful to read about different jobs and network with people in different professions. Or you might just want to try things for yourself.


A really good way to gain skills, experience and knowledge is to secure some Voluntary Work or Work Experience.


A good way to decide what you will like to do is by:

  • Consider your interests including likes and dislikes

  • Write down a plan and explore ideas

  • The things you look for in a job such as benefits and development

  • Think about a profession that interests and inspires you

  • Be realistic and ensure you have the relevant skills and meet the entry requirements

What is Voluntary Work? Any activity or service that involves working or spending time unpaid, doing something that benefits someone else and yourself. It could be your first steps to take before securing paid employment.

Community Southwark is a volunteering advice service that will help you to find your perfect volunteering opportunity! There are hundreds of charities in Southwark who all do amazing things with the help of volunteers. You can give as much or as little time as you can afford. Volunteering can help you learn new skills, meet people and make a difference to your local community. Whether you are interested in giving your time to people, animals, environment or causes there would be a volunteering opportunity for you in Southwark.

You can access this service via telephone: 020 7358 7020 and email: volunteering@communitysouthwark.org

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What is Work Experience? Short term arrangement with an employer to help you experience the world of work and develop skills, knowledge and confidence. Work Experience is generally unpaid but very useful to have on your CV.

The Education Business Alliance (EBA) provide access to Enterprise and Work Related Learning including Work Experience, Employability Skills, visiting speakers and visits to employers.

The service is for young people with Special Educational Needs or Disability aged 14 to 19 who are at school or live in Southwark. The service is provided in school, (employability skills, visiting speakers etc.), or at venues provided by employers, (work experience, visits)

Teachers and organisers can enquire about this service by contacting Southwark Education Business Alliance via telephone: 0207 525 2895 and email: eba@southwark.gov.uk

The service is part funded by the Youth Fund and requires top up funding which varies depending on the service required. Southwark Employer Lead Learning is a paid for service

Useful to know

The team work with secondary and special schools and are very happy to discuss what we can provide

Training provided:

• Work Related Learning project management
• Managing Mentoring programmes
• Setting up Work Experience programmes
• Engaging employers