Work experience

Troy Whether you are looking ahead to enter the world of work after leaving education or returning to the workplace after a career break, work experience provides a great opportunity for you to develop valuable transferable skills sought after by employers.

The benefits of taking part in volunteering and work experience activities are widely recognised when looking to start out in your career or looking for new opportunities such as applying to university or a new direction. Employers and universities alike, widely recognise the value of volunteering for work experience. Our work experience programme will help you gain really great skills to help build your CV, and give you a talking point at interviews.

Work experience at the BHF can help you develop a variety of transferable skills:

  • Problem Solving
  • Communication
  • Working with others
  • Improving own learning
  • An opportunity to prepare, plan and reflect on what has been learnt
  • Encouragement to recognise and develop skills for work
  • An understanding of appropriate behaviour for the workplace

We provide work experience opportunities to those aged 16 and over. Many choose to volunteer in one of our 700+ shops and stores to gain experience in a retail environment while others come to us for a fixed term as part of a traineeship or voluntary work experience arranged through a work adviser (the BHF does not accept referrals for those on mandatory schemes).

Volunteering to support employability

People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons and many choose to volunteer with us to gain work experience while supporting the British Heart Foundation. You will have the opportunity to focus on developing new skills or to build on existing experience and knowledge. Volunteering therefore forms an important part of work experience.

Volunteering can help you to:

  • Gain new skills, knowledge and experience
  • Develop existing skills and knowledge, maybe in a new setting
  • Increase your confidence
  • Enhance your CV
  • Improve employment prospects

To find out about retail work experience opportunities in your local area, please get in touch with your local shop - find your local shop. For all other work experience enquiries please email [email protected]. We also offer apprenticeships, click here to find out more

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