Student FAQs

1: Definition of Work Experience

The Department for Education describes three patterns that work experience for 16-19 year old study programmes are expected to follow .

  •  Experiential work experience is “one or two short periods of work experience or other work-related learning to test out vocational ideas connected to future study or employment options, such as study visits, projects and engagement with local enterprise”. 
  • The vocational model is “focused on a particular vocational area to contribute directly to a study programme”.
  • Finally, the extended model focuses on “developing employability skills, with maths and English covering the majority of the study programme time” and will apply to students on a traineeship, who need additional support to prepare them for apprenticeships or a Supported Internship. A range of “enterprise-related activities and entrepreneurial skills” can complement these placements to further enhance young people’s employability prospects.( )
2: What roles can be applied for over the workfinder app?

This is the current list of most frequently applied for roles offered by companies on work experience placements.  It’s really up to you - we just want the young people to find out what it is like in a real workplace - so if you don’t like any of these roles, feel free to suggest other ones to us!

  • Apprenticeship
  • Company introduction to engineering
  • Company open day
  • Customer facing role
  • Design
  • Design apprentice role
  • Engineering role
  • Finance role
  • Industrial placement
  • Internship (1 week)
  • Internship (2 weeks)
  • Internship (4 weeks)
  • Marketing role
  • Product Development
  • Project
  • Sales role
  • Sandwich course
  • Shadowing role
  • Taster project
  • Taster week (finance)
  • Taster week (marketing)
  • Taster week (software)
  • or suggest a role to us email:

3: Is guardian / parental consent required for students to use the service?

No.  Much the same way that parental consent is not needed for Google or other apps, parental consent is not needed for you to to use Workfinder.

The obligation to obtain parental consent in order to download an app from the app store is dependent on whether or not any information is being required from the person downloading.  We do not require the user to disclose any information to us in order to use the search aspect of the services.

4: Is guardian or parental consent required for me to apply for a Work Experience placement?

No. The requirement to obtain parental consent in order to transmit an application to an employer is dependant on the type of personal data being transmitted.

Where the data is used for any of the following, it is advised that parental/guardian consent is obtained:

  • disclosure of the child's name to a third party;
  • use of the child's details for marketing;
  • publication of the child's image on a website that anyone can see; or
  • the collection of personal data about third parties, for example where a child is asked to provide information about his or her family members or friends

In order to protect students from inadvertent discrimination, Workfinder does not transmit the applicant's name or personal data to the employer, nor do we use their details for any marketing activity, or to display pictures on any public website, and we do not collect information about the students’ families and friends.

Much the same way that Royal Mail does not have an obligation to read a letter between a young person and a CEO,  and BT does not have the obligation to listen to the dialogue between a young person and a  business employer, we also don’t have the obligation to monitor this transaction.

We collect the date of birth after the student has applied for work experience. The date of birth is then used to determine if the student needs parental consent before accepting the offer of a work placement.

5: At what age am I able to legally accept an offer of a Work Experience placement from an employer?

This is related to the age at which a person has the legal capacity to enter into a contract under English Law:  As such, the answer is as follows:

18 years old in England:

If the applicant is under 18, we ask them to share the job offer they have received with their parent or guardian for ‘signoff’.  

Employers can offer Work Experience to any student using the app, but must be aware that any contract entered into between them and a student under the age of 18 in England and Wales (or under the age of 16 in Scotland) is voidable at the student's option.   This means that the student can still enforce the contract against the employer, but the employer may not be able to enforce the contract against the student (for example, any confidentiality obligations agreed between you and the student could be unenforceable, so please manage these relationships more carefully).
6: Is guardian or parental consent required for me  to accept a Work Experience placement from an employer?

This is related to the processing of personal data under English Law.  As such, the answer is as follows:

  • If  your age when the placement will take place will be if  18 or over: No
  • If your age when the placement will take place will be 16 or 17: No
  • If your age when the placement will take place will be under 16: Yes

After you click on the ‘apply icon’ Workfinder asks for your  date of birth so that we can let the employer know the age of the applicant in order to be able to make an ‘indicative offer’ subject to parental permission being gained by the student.

We then contact you with the offer (subject to parental permission if permission is needed and seek the email address of the person the child needs permission from.

Note:  the request for work experience does not contain any information from the student that would allow them to be identified.
7: I got my voucher through my school: Is my school required to complete risk assessments?

In order to make the offer, the employer has stated that they have employer’s liability insurance.  This is shown on the offer of a work placement you will receive from our service.  

If you or they wish to undertake a risk assessment, then we will let the employer know that your acceptance of the offer is subject to a risk assessment taking place.
8: Are my contact details shared with the employer?

The applicant’s contact information is passed on to the employer after the applicant accepts the offer of employment.  

The offer of employment is made by the employer subject to the student producing proof of age and ability to work in the UK which the employer examines as part of the on-boarding procedure on the first day of the placement.

9: Are employers required to carry out Right to Work checks for students aged 16 years or over?

Yes: The immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 does not distinguish between paid and unpaid work, therefore the applicant must satisfy these checks prior to starting work.

10: Can I undertake Work Experience during school days or Sunday?

Our service allows both the young person and the employer to agree the dates of work experience placement.  The placement is up to the applicant and employer, not us.

If a valid voucher is presented to us, then we will pass your details to the employer and the joining instructions for the employer to you.
11: Is the GPS location of the student used in any way?

No. The students search where-ever they like and we don’t ask them if they are at home or school or anywhere else.  No location tracking takes place.

12: Why is work experience so important?

29% of employers say that experience is critical when recruiting young people and a further 45% say it is significant.

The majority of employers think young people are well prepared for work but where they don’t, this is down to lack of experience.

Lack of experience is also the number one reason that employers turn young job applicants away. So, for employers, experience is clearly vital.

13: What exactly will I gain from doing Work Experience?

  1. Soft skills Skills such as communication and teamwork can often be taken for granted, but everyone has to learn them somewhere and where better than in your organisation. That way they can learn your way of doing things and be moulded into the perfect employee!
  2. Real world experience Nothing beats real world experience, whether the learner is fresh out of school, university or looking to change their career, work experience can provide the experience to accompany their knowledge.
  3. Networking opportunities It is often said that it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. For someone looking to develop their future career, the ability to develop a network of people in their chosen field can be the invaluable stepping stone they need.
  4. Career knowledge Having the opportunity to see organisations from the inside provides clarity over the learner’s considered career path and the role they thought they would like to do.
  5. A valuable reference Work experience is a great way to obtain valuable references, or endorsements that allows the learner to secure permanent employment.

14: Can I apply for another work experience placement after I use my voucher?

Yes, but you will need to obtain another voucher before you take up the placement.  See here for how to obtain vouchers.

15: What if I don’t like my placement?

You will be asked to rate your work experience placement right after it is finished by notification on the app.  Sharing your ratings are important so that we can help the employer understand how they’ve done and also so that we can share the ratings with other students who may be thinking about applying to that employer.  

16: What do I do if something happens to me at the work experience placement?

If an incident occurs during the work experience placement, please inform us as soon as possible. We will inform the placement organiser and your parent / guardian using the details you gave us.

17: What are the terms and conditions associated with accepting an offer over your service?

The terms and conditions can be found here.

18: What are the Terms and Conditions of using the service?

By accepting the offer of a work placement: you  agree to the following:

  • You agree to take full responsibility for your actions at the work placement
  • You agree to show up on time and do all that is required; You will notify school and employer if you are going to be late or absent
  • You will turn your phone off and do all tasks to the best of your ability
  • You will notify school and your parent/guardian for any reason you do not feel safe if an issue arises. 
  • You agree to Workfinder sharing your name and date of birth with the employer so they can perform the legal obligations associated with providing you with a work experience placement
  • You agree to Workfinder sharing details of your placement with the person who gave you the voucher you need to accept the work experience placement offer