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Work Expe­ri­ence

Work expe­ri­ence is a great addi­tion to your CV. It can help to demon­strate your capa­bil­i­ties and com­mit­ment to an employ­er, and can sup­port your job, uni­ver­si­ty, or appren­tice­ship appli­ca­tion by high­light­ing skills that are both rel­e­vant and trans­fer­able to what you are apply­ing for.

Start Your Career in Health and Social Care

Not in edu­ca­tion, employ­ment or train­ing? Aged 19 – 24 and on Uni­ver­sal Credit?

The Kick­start Scheme is a fan­tas­tic way for you to start on a career path­way with the NHS work­ing with­in Gen­er­al Prac­tice, Den­tal Prac­tices and the Health and Social Care sec­tor. The Kick­start Scheme will sup­port you in devel­op­ing new skills and expe­ri­ence work­ing in a vibrant envi­ron­ment on a qual­i­ty paid place­ment and the poten­tial of a per­ma­nent pro­gres­sive career posi­tion on com­ple­tion of your ini­tial six month paid work place­ment (25 hours per week).

What sort of Kick­start roles are available? 

  • NHS — Admin Assis­tant, Recep­tion­ist, Health­care Assis­tant, Care Assis­tant, Activ­i­ty and Enter­tain­ment Co-ordi­na­tor (these roles are con­tin­u­al­ly updated)

Prince’s Trust will sup­port with:

  • Employ­a­bil­i­ty support
  • 3 – 6 months of 1 to 1 mentoring
  • Guar­an­teed Kick­start interview
  • MYND Up men­tal health support

Not­ting­ham City Coun­cil are look­ing for casu­al busi­ness admin­is­tra­tion staff to sup­port their staff.

You can find more infor­ma­tion includ­ing how to apply below.


Dur­ing the cur­rent COVID-19 cri­sis, it may not be pos­si­ble to access your work expe­ri­ence or have to so the NCW WOW Show — Career­sCast Q&A is now avail­able to view and may help you!

You can access the NCW WOW Show here.

This is the fol­low up pro­gramme to our It’s Your Future show pro­duced for Nation­al Careers Week and where the employ­ers fea­tured in the NCW show were able to talk to stu­dents direct­ly to answer their ques­tions and pro­vide key infor­ma­tion and web­site links. 

Here are five advan­tages of work experience:

  • Enhance your com­pet­i­tive edge
    • Show that you have been proac­tive — with so much com­pe­ti­tion for jobs and appren­tice­ships it’s impor­tant to stand out from the crowd. School or col­lege leavers will not have much pre­vi­ous expe­ri­ence in the roles they’re apply­ing for, but if you have under­tak­en some work expe­ri­ence, in a relat­ed indus­try – this can make a big dif­fer­ence to both your appli­ca­tion and your con­fi­dence in the role you are apply­ing for. 
  • Trans­fer­able skills employ­ers want
    • Com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, team work, prob­lem solv­ing, moti­va­tion and time man­age­ment are all soft skills; essen­tial in the work­place and val­ued by employers
  • A taste of industry
    • Shad­ow­ing and observ­ing col­leagues – and ask­ing ques­tions, will give you the oppor­tu­ni­ty to find out first-hand if the job is for you. Work expe­ri­ence can sup­port you in decid­ing if a role or indus­try is a good fit for you. Increased work­place con­fi­dence and sec­tor knowl­edge leads to informed choic­es — help­ing you to decide on the type of job, appren­tice­ship or course 
  • Build rela­tion­ships for the future
    • Online plat­forms like LinkedIn allow you to net­work and build rela­tion­ships with indus­try pro­fes­sion­als. Rep­re­sent­ing your­self in a pos­i­tive and pro­fes­sion­al man­ner can lead to increased oppor­tu­ni­ties for job advance­ment both inter­nal­ly and externally
  • Per­son­al Development
    • Along with the soft skills and tech­ni­cal skills you’ll devel­op on work place­ment, you’ll have the chance to build your con­fi­dence in a work­ing envi­ron­ment and enhance your com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills. By reflect­ing on every­thing you achieved dur­ing your place­ment, you will enhance your pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment and this will set you apart from less-expe­ri­enced peers.