Though the placements are usually unpaid, travel and food expenses are sometimes covered, and at the end of the appointment, a character reference is usually provided. Trainees usually have the opportunity to network and make contacts among the working personnel, and put themselves forward for forthcoming opportunities for paid work.
Many employers in the more sought after professions (eg TV, politics, journalism) demand that every new entrant undergo a period of unpaid "work experience" before being able to get paid work. In most cases this is effectively "experience through work" and is contrary to the Minimum Wage regulations if unpaid. Such is the demand for this kind of work that very few complain about this and so the practice continues illegally.
If a student fails to find a placement then he or she may sometimes be forced to attend school everyday, aiding the caretaker for example, or helping out elsewhere in the school, such as with language and PE departments, or with ICT technicians.
Students are not prohibited from working at a company outside the conurbation of the city or abroad. Routine safety checks on the companies are now more thorough and students who arrange placements at failed companies are forced to find a new placement; companies which fail to comply with statutory requirements for insurance and child protection may be prohibited from officially taking students (this depends upon the LEA).
Most students do not get paid for their time doing work experience, as this is considered part of their education. The duration varies according to the course the student is on and various other personal circumstances; the vast majority of students will go out on work experience for one or two weeks in a year, while some students will work in a particular workplace perhaps one or two days a week for extended periods of time throughout the year, either for vocation reasons and commitment to alternative curricula or because they have social and/or behavioural problems.
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