Work experience provides a crucial opportunity for the development of vital employability skills.  It can take place at any point, but for most it’s something which happens during secondary school education years. For many that week or two will be the first taste of working life.

Work experience is defined as “a placement on employer’s premises in which a learner carries out a particular task or duty, or a range of tasks or duties, more or less as would an employee, but with the emphasis on the learning aspects of the experience

Work experience provides many benefits, giving young people skills and experience that will allow them to stand out to potential employers as well as helping them choose the right sector to work in. Some will go into Work Experience with a clear career ambition, some will want to sample something they like the look of and for others the experience will be to simply experience work.  For all it is valuable experience; developing employability skills is essential alongside traditional academic qualifications to help prepare for life after school, college and university.

“Amesbury Abbey Group is keen to support and promote work experience within our company. We encourage enthusiastic young people to have two weeks work experience with us in our kitchens. We feel we have the knowledge and experience to offer a structured and fully supported introduction to pupils keen to receive an honest insight into becoming a chef, possibly ending up having a very rewarding career in the care industry.”

James Hoare, Group Housekeeping Services Manager, The Amesbury Abbey Group

CSW Enterprise is committed to provide a work experience service that supports young people, schools, colleges and businesses to work together to achieve meaningful and safe workplace experiences as simply as possible.

With years of qualified and professional experience CSW Enterprise supports over 18,000 young people, to take part in workplace experiences at over 14,000 businesses across the South West.


We work with Schools, Colleges and education providers to support the delivery of work experience for their young people.

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Work Experience provides a crucial opportunity for you to develop vital employability skills. Find out how we can support you to make the most of it!