Young people at work

When employing a young person under the age of 18, whether for work, work experience overview, or as an apprentice, employers have the same responsibilities for their health, safety and welfare as they do for other employees.

This guidance will help young people and those employing them understand their responsibilities.

Health and safety made simple

This site is for employers and those who want some basic information on what they must do to make sure their businesses comply with health and safety law.

The basics for your business

Work experience

Introducing young people to the world of work can help them understand the work environment, choose future careers or prepare for employment. We need young people to be offered opportunities to develop new skills and gain experience across the world of work.

More about work experience

New to the job

Anyone new to the workplace will be facing unfamiliar risks from the job they will be doing and from their surroundings. This is the case for many young people. See New to the job for further information.

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Updated 2022-01-19