Employing children and young people

Apprenticeships, internships and education


There are a number of ways that you, as an employer, can contribute to the education process and help improve the prospects of young people.

These include:

  • offer work experience places for students or work shadowing for teachers
  • provide resources, equipment and use of premises
  • set actual business problems for students to solve in their projects
  • give talks and lectures to enrich the curriculum with real business experience

Internships - working with graduates

Internships enable graduates to develop valuable skills and boost their employment chances.

You should remember that if an intern is classed as a worker, then they are normally due the national minimum wage.

Read more on the national minimum wage - work experience and internships.


Apprenticeships are real jobs with training. They are focused on the workplace and lead to nationally-recognised qualifications.

You can hire a new employee as an apprentice and you can also place existing employees onto apprenticeship courses as a way of improving their skills.

Most training typically takes place on-site with the rest provided by your college or learning provider.

Read more about Apprenticeships: providing work-based training and qualifications to employees.