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Work experience and volunteering

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The West Lancashire Challenge aims to create apprenticeships as well as training and work experience opportunities within businesses, and increase participation in volunteering.

The project has so far supported over 250 young people into apprenticeships vacancies and with work experience opportunities within West Lancashire.

If you would like to know more about the Challenge, apprenticeships, work experience and volunteering opportunities or sign up to the West Lancashire Passport contact tracey.shaw@westlancs.gov.uk


Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. As an apprentice you’ll:

  • work alongside experienced staff
  • gain job-specific skills
  • earn a wage and get holiday pay
  • study towards a related qualification (usually one day a week)

Apprenticeships take 1 to 4 years to complete depending on their level. An apprenticeship has an equivalent education level and can be:

  • Intermediate - equivalent to 5 GCSE passes
  • Advanced - equivalent to 2 A level passes
  • Higher - can lead to NVQ Level 4 and above, or a foundation degree

So are you ready to embrace the challenge?

Are you about to leave school or college or looking for a fresh start and unsure about what to do next? If so, have you considered an apprenticeship? Apprenticeships offer you the opportunity to ‘earn while you learn’, combining a real job and a real career with training and working towards nationally recognised qualifications. With over 200 different types of apprenticeships, across many different sectors, this may be the challenge you are looking for.

The Challenge project, through the ‘West Lancashire Passport’ can help create a pathway for learners and potential learners into apprenticeships and employment.  The ‘Passport’ will enable you to set personal goals, log progress and review your achievements. Achievement will be supported and validated by Challenge partners and employers.

Work experience

Have you considered a work experience placement? Work experience placements can be a great way to gain a foothold in the world of work. They offer you the chance to gain valuable experience to place on your CV and a real taste of how the world of work operates.

  • Connexions (external link) provides services and advice to a wide range of young people and adult customers who are looking for help with their career.
  • National Careers Service (external link) is a government agency that provides support and advice on which career path to take and can also help you with employability issues such as improving your CV.


Volunteering in the local community for a charitable or community organisation can be a great step on the way to securing employment. Evidence of volunteering will look great to potential employers on your CV and can help to provide you with vital skills and experience en route to finding a job.

Job search

The local Job Centre Plus (external link) can support your job search through the use of Universal Jobmatch. Universal Jobmatch is a free, online, job matching service.  It is one of the largest jobsites in the UK and jobseekers can use the new service by setting up a Universal Jobmatch account (external link).

Browse a wide range of public sector jobs online at Jobsgopublic (external link)