At Workfinder, we believe placements should be paid and that, as a minimum, out-of-pocket expenses should be covered. There are certain rules regarding the type of work experience on offer and it is your responsibility to check these before you make an offer.
You must check that the arrangement you make with the young person does not make them a worker for minimum wage purposes. ‘Unpaid work’ or ‘expenses only’ is where someone gives their services free of charge in order to develop and maintain their skills.
The person will be with you to learn directly about working life and the working environment, they should not be filling a vacancy but given the opportunity to explore different employment options. For example, they may be a student working as part of a UK-based further or higher education course, participating in a government scheme, or you are a charity able to take on voluntary workers.
Design your programme for the work experience around some core principles: