While you are at school you will be given the opportunity to do some work experience - usually during Year 10 and 11. Where possible, your placement will be arranged through your school or college.
Work experience can play a key role in helping you develop an understanding of the world of work. It will help give you an insight into what working is really like.
It can also help you to think about what options are available to you when you leave school or college.
Work experience is not compulsory but many employers think that it is very useful. You'll find many people, including your parents or carers, teachers and advisers will recommend that you try some type of work experience.
You won't get paid for the hours you do but you should not be expected to buy any special clothing or equipment - this should be provided by your employer.
The number of hours you work should be decided between yourself, your employer, school, and your parents or carers.
Work experience will help you to understand what it might be like to work in a particular job. This will help you decide what you want to do for a career and also develop skills and attitudes essential for the world of work.
If you are a disabled student, health and safety legislation may stop you work placements in some places. This is because health and safety rules in the workplace takes priority over the Disability Discrimination Act.
However, if you are a disabled young person and want to go into work, you are entitled to the same job opportunities as anyone else.