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Cutting through the bureaucracy

Taking on work experience students is easy.

Many employers have considerable experience of successfully employing young people or taking on work experience students.

If an employer has never employed a young person (under 18) before, there are just a few steps that they need to take.

Schools and colleges or others organising placements need to check the employer has risk management arrangements in place. Conversations between the placement organiser and the employer could simply be noted for reference.

If you are advised to do something contrary to, or that goes beyond, this guidance, you can question this by contacting HSE’s HSE’s Myth Buster Challenge Panel.

Taking on work experience students should be straightforward for placement providers (employers). It should not be about generating unnecessary paperwork. This guidance cuts through the bureaucracy that some say stops them offering young people this vital knowledge and experience.

Following the guidance means those involved in employing young people for work or work experience will be doing what the law requires.

These pages describe how to keep it simple.

Work experience responsibilities

Updated 2014-07-31