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Apprenticeships, internships and volunteering are some of the ways carers can get work experience.


If you do an apprenticeship you will be employed and receive training to get a qualification.

  • You need to be 16 or over to do an apprenticeship. 
  • They take between 1–4 years to complete. 
  • You will earn at least the national minimum wage rate for an apprentice. There are different rates depending on how old you are. Become an apprentice 
  • You will get at least 20 days paid holiday a year, plus bank holidays.
  • You will work at least 30 hours a week. 
  • Apprenticeships are free if you are under the age of 24. 

You can do an apprenticeship in almost anything from construction, to veterinary nursing to catering. As well as the many choices available you should think about what you are good at, what you enjoy doing and what you would like to learn more about. Read more about apprenticeships on 


Another way to gain new skills while earning is to do an internship. An internship is often a short-term role. They can be valuable in helping you to decide the sort of work you enjoy, what you are good at and to learn new things that you can include in future job applications. 

In a paid internship you will have fixed duties and set times you have to be at work. You are considered to be a ‘worker’ and so will be entitled to be paid at least the national minimum wage. 

If you are an unpaid intern, you are technically a volunteer. As a volunteer you agree with the organisation your duties and times you will work but these are not imposed on you. It is a good idea to do as your employer asks, as long as their request is reasonable, to gain the most from your experience. Download making internships work - an intern's guide on


Volunteering is a great way for you to meet new people and learn new skills. 


​Next update due: September 2019