Voluntary Placements

Structured and supported voluntary placement opportunities

Employability Services aim to support local unemployed people aged 16 plus into employment whilst increasing confidence and overall health and wellbeing.

Employability is a structured voluntary placement opportunity for up to 26 weeks, designed to develop occupational skills and knowledge in a professional working environment within a chosen career path.

Voluntary placement options

Employability Services provide a range of voluntary placement options that can fit around you and your specific needs. These include:

Structured Voluntary Placements

A structured voluntary placement scheme is designed to support participants to develop occupational skills and knowledge in a professional environment.

  • For ages 16 years plus
  • Duration up to 26 weeks
  • Minimum 16 hours a week

Work Trials and Taster Days

This is an opportunity to try out a potential employee before offering them a job and to ensure the role and environment are suitable for the participant.

  • For ages 16 years plus
  • Duration up to 15 working days

Young People’s Work Experience

This a work experience training opportunity for students with Special Educational Needs / Disabilities to gain skills, experience and knowledge within a real-life working environment.

There are two phases to the initiative:

Phase 1

  • Up to 7 weeks during an Academic Term Time
  • 2 hours per week
  • One-to-one Employability Coach support throughout the placement

Phase 2

  • Academic Year, up to 39 weeks
  • Up to 6 hours per week
  • One-to-one Employability Coach support, working towards becoming fully independent

Support throughout the process

Employability will provide a comprehensive support package for you throughout your voluntary placement journey, including:

  • A dedicated Employability Support Officer for the duration of the placement
  • A placement mentor
  • Regular reviews to discuss progress and identify any additional training needs
  • Job search support including one-to-one job search, CV building, completing application forms and interview techniques
  • Access to training courses
  • Access to Care Plus Group job vacancies
  • Up to 3 months aftercare on completion of placement


We provide voluntary placements in a range of rewarding roles and sectors including:

  • Health and Social Care
  • Retail and Warehousing
  • Horticulture
  • Hospitality


Val Waterhouse Centre
41-43 Kent Street
DN32 7DH

Contact us

01472 256730

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday 8.30am – 5.00pm

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