What does volunteering involve?

A group of volunteers picking up litterIt's about spending some of your free time doing something that helps other people, the community or the environment

... you don't get paid but you will gain lots of other things

If you volunteer you'll:

  • be helping your local community
  • meet new people - helping some of them
  • get some useful work experience
  • increase your confidence
  • feel good about helping other people
  • give you something to put on a CV or in an application form and talk about at interview.

All kinds of people feel better about themselves after volunteering.

Whoever you are there is always something you can do to help others, listening to someone or making them a cup of tea can be enough to help someone. There is a volunteer job for everyone and if you're worried or you need some help to volunteer, that's available too.

You can choose from a range of volunteering jobs that use your existing skills and/or help you develop new skills. The amount of time you volunteer is up to you, there are all kinds of volunteer opportunities where you can help during the week, at weekends, during the day or in the evenings.

You don't need to provide anything, you should be provided with the tools or equipment needed to do your volunteering. And other than getting to the organisation, it shouldn't cost you anything - some charities may even have funding to help volunteers get to and from their organisation. If you work with children and some adults you may need to be DBS checked to make sure you are the right kind of person to do this work.

Why not contact one of the following to find out more:

Need extra support to volunteer?

If you need it, volunteers may be able to help you too:

Page updated November 2017

Qualifications have a big affect on pay

Usually the higher your qualifications, the more you're paid

The graph below shows ...

... the average gross weekly pay of full-time employees aged 16-64 by highest qualification held as researched in Quarter 1, January to March 2017 in England

Pay and qualifications graph 2017

  • Level 4 and above = for example, higher national certicate or diploma, foundation degree or degree
  • Level 3 = A level or BTEC National Diploma
  • Level 2 = 4 GCSEs grade 9 to 4 or A* to C or BTEC First
Source: Labour Force Survey 2017;
Note: the graph above does not include earnings from any additional part-time jobs/work employees may have

Those with higher qualifications tend to earn more:

  • businesses expect to increase the number of jobs, where leadership and management skills, and higher skills are needed
  • demand for people with higher level skills is expected to be the strongest in engineering, manufacturing and construction
  • there will be more competition for lower skilled jobs in the future.
    Sources: Gateway to growth: CBI / Pearson education and skill survey; The Future of Work, UKCES; Winning the Global Race, IPPR

Remember qualifications alone are not enough, skills, experience and attitude are just as important.

So if you want to earn more you need to get the best qualifications you can, consider an apprenticeship or college course, you may earn less in the short term but you should earn more for the rest of your life.


Page updated July 2017

Vacancies placed with C&K Careers Recruitline...

...are mainly apprenticeships, trainee positions and entry level jobs

Some facts:

  • the number and type of vacancies varies depending on the time of year
  • apprenticeship funding can be used to train anyone, there is no age restriction
  • you can go straight on to an apprenticeship - not ready? Ask about traineeships or other training
  • most job areas recruit new entrants but some sectors take very few 16 to 18 year olds
  • apprentices move into other jobs for example, if you start in office and admin you might move into marketing, HR or logistics
  • some employers find it hard to fill their vacancies and some school leavers think there are no jobs, so they choose other options such as college.

The number of vacancies in each sector placed with our Recruitline team between:

Most of the vacancies placed with Recruitline are apprenticeships - employers want new entrants who are keen on training. Recruitline is not told about all local apprenticeships, so as well as searching our Recruitline vacancies 220wx24h, also search the National Apprenticeship Service website, both are here. For example, most textile vacancies are filled directly by the company or by the Textilt Centre of Excellence.

1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017:

Recruitline vacancies 2017

1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016:

Recruitline vacancies 2016 jpeg

Page updated September 2018




Running your own business

Self employment young woman on the phoneIf you want to run your own business or develop a business idea...

... there's lots to think about:

  • what is your business offering?
  • who will be your customers - is there a market for your products or service?
  • where and how will you run your business?
  • what is the competition?
  • how do you let people know about your offer?
  • what will it cost to start your business?
  • what will you live off until your business makes a profit?

You'll need to find out about any laws that apply to your business and about things like tax and National Insurance, so it's important to get advice early.

If you are going to run a successful business, you'll neeed to make sure you have the right skills, do your research and write a business plan - if you want to borrow money to help you get started a plan is very important.

Around 20% of new businesses fail in their first year and 50% fail in their first three years. Department for Business.

Still interested?

There is plenty of information on self-employment and the support available to make sure YOU succeed.


  • Login and search careersinfo logo for 'self-employment' to find our leaflets with lots of information on starting a business

Check out these websites for courses, funding and advice:

Need to contact us?

Your C&K Careers school or college careers adviser can help and advise you – get in touch with the careers team in school/college.


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Page updated January 2018

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