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  1. Can I work anywhere?

    If you are under 18, you are not allowed to work where: there is gambling there is alcohol, unless the work is part of an appropriate training scheme such as an apprenticeship you have to carry heavy loads, clean machinery or work with dangerous substances…
  2. A contract of employment

    This is important. You should get a contract within eight weeks of starting a job. If you don’t, ask your employer. The terms and conditions of your contract begin as soon as you start work.  When you receive it, check it carefully as it sets…
  3. Health and safety at work

    There are rules and regulations that apply to lots of workplaces to help keep you safe and well at work Your employer has to ensure that you have a safe working environment. There should be training and protection, such as safety boots or guards on…
  4. Payslips

    Most employees have a right to receive a payslip or pay statement at, or before the time of payment Your payslip will include: the name of the company you work for your name your pay reference number payment date – when the money will be…
  5. Employment agencies

    Employment agencies provide staff recruitment and selection services to companies Agencies are not allowed to charge the job seeker a fee - the employer pays. There are two exceptions to this - entertainment and modelling work. Agencies vary in the range of jobs they offer. The vacancies…
  6. Rights and responsibilities at work

    There are laws to protect you in work These cover: minimum pay rates and payslips working hours and holidays contracts of employment health and safety equality and equal treatment.  In return, you have responsibilities. You should: be on time be prepared to work hard –…
  7. Application Forms

    What you need to think about when filling in an application form Employers often ask for completed application forms rather than CVs.This means everyone sends in the same kind of information and the applicants can be compared easily and fairly. You usually apply for jobs or…
  8. Interviews

    The interviewer has already seen your CV or application form and thinks you may be suitable, so ... ... don't panic but do prepare, it is essential if you want to have a good chance of getting the job. There are tips below to help…
  9. Understanding vacancies

    Working out what a job advertisement is asking for is not always easy Try to identify the main skills and experience needed and match these with what you have done and are good at. If you can match yourself to a job you are more likely…
  10. Career choices 13-14

    Choosing subjects and courses in Year 8 or Year 9 This is the first decision that may affect your future, so think about: subjects you enjoy new subjects courses you do well in subjects to help you achieve your future career plans courses that let…
  11. Working for yourself or self employment

    To work successfully for yourself ... ... you need the right personal qualities, business skills and a business idea that has a good chance of succeeding, so research your ideas and plan your business carefully.  These organisations offer help and advice: The Prince’s Trust offers start-up…
  12. Homeworking

    People work from home for all kinds of reasons doing a range of jobs They work across many sectors, for example admin and secretarial work, call centre work, childminding, computing, hairdressing, home tutoring, manufacturing, online sales, pet minding or product parties. More people are working from home…
  13. Online applications

    How to apply online Online applications must be sent back electronically through an online application form, usually on a company or employment agency website. Alternatively, you may be asked to send a CV as an email attachment. The email should be written in the style…
  14. Apprenticeship and work-based training providers

    Find out about local training courses for 16 to 19 year olds Check out the apprenticeship, training, job and learning opportunities in the latest Weekly Opportunities Bulletin and the Youth Employment Bulletin.  Training providers: A New Direction, Create Jobs - online platform connecting creative young people with employers and…
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