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Gain work experience 

Work experience can help you get noticed


Is your CV looking a little light on work experience?


If you’ve never had a job, done any volunteering or work related training, you may find it harder to show potential employers you’ve got what they need.


That’s where work experience comes in. Not only will you build up your skills, you can test out a career to see if you like it. The experience you’ll gain from work placements, internships and volunteering are great ways to impress employers. 

Start your search and learn more here:

Real Ideas Organisation offer for young people

Find out more here

Sign up as a RIO member for:

  • Access to the “Buzz”. The buzz is RIO’s news update and collection of most relevant opportunities
  • Access to RIO’s opportunity bank- a collection of the most relevant opportunities for 18-25-year olds. From virtual work experience placements to informal mentoring and internships. Current opportunities include the Real Ideas Change Fellowships - open from August 2020. Any young people aged 18-25 can apply for a research grant of up to £350 to undertake learning that will help them make change for others
  • Access to a free virtual event programme- A programme of live events and webinars relevant to 18-25 year olds
  • Access to Cities of Learning app- The Cities of Learning app is an online platform that shows users all of the digital credentials that are available for them to earn in their locality. It also allows an individual to see pathways of badges that will support them to access sectors or job roles

Useful links to support you in gaining work experience with Skills Launchpad Plymouth

Make sure you feel ready to get back out there – check out the support available if you are feeling anxious, confused, lost or overwhelmed

Consider becoming a volunteer to gain valuable new skills and experience

Make an informed choice locally. Find out about Plymouth’s current employment picture and learn about our industry sectors which are growing fast creating new job opportunities now and in the future

Too much choice out there? You can always learn more about your career options

Get your own free impartial 1-1 Careers and Skills Plan with National Careers Service

Develop yourself through further study and training opportunities

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