Paid work experience for young people

A pilot project for young people aged 16-25 from lower-income households.

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During 2019-2020 the British Red Cross ran a pilot project offering paid work experience. Designed for young people from low income households, it provided paid positions for those aged 16 to 25. 

We are not recruiting for this project now but plan to open it again in 2021, for example offering opportunities through the new Kickstart Scheme

For more information, please contact Andy Lloyd on  

How the pilot work experience project worked  

Starting in mid-August 2019, we had 12 work experience roles for young people. A mixture of full- and part-time positions, they ran from three to six months with a salary of £8.72 per hour.

We worked with enthusiastic young people ready to take their first steps into the world of work. Some were looking to find a way into the charity sector, or to try something to see if it was right for them. Young people were recruited through partnerships with a wide range of organisations.  

Household income guidelines

We targeted young people from lower income households:

  • In London this meant household income under £25,000 where the young person is a dependent and £18,500 where they are independent.
  • Outside of London this meant household income under £22,250 where the young person is dependent and £16,500 where they are independent.

Work options

Young people had the opportunity to work with the British Red Cross in:

Paid work experience locations

Our first roles were available in:

  • London
  • Birmingham
  • Manchester
  • Warmley, Bristol
  • Crawley, West Sussex.

Other work experience and volunteering opportunities for young people

If you work with young people who are looking for opportunities, we offer several other options.

Our highly successful internships, work experience, volunteering and educational placement programmes are all available on a voluntary basis.

Contact us for more information

For more information, please email Andrew Lloyd on: