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Short-Term Work Experience Placements

Short-Term Work Experience Placements

The Salvation Army firmly believes that work experience greatly enhances the chances of people getting into paid employment by providing vital skills, a recent reference, life and work experience, and to build self-confidence.

If you're involved in a placement at The Salvation Army, you are more than likely to be helping others in your local community - this can be a powerful transformative experience.

All short-term work experience placements are arranged locally and this includes any referrals from local Job Centres and independent welfare to work providers. No placements are in place of paid work and our local representatives offer a valuable professional experience. 

Anyone who comes to The Salvation Army will receive assistance based solely on their need and our capacity to provide help. We respect and value the rich diversity of our staff, volunteers and all people in the communities in which we serve - whatever their age, background, gender, faith, culture, sexual orientation or circumstances.

We know of many people who have secured permanent employment subsequent to their placement with us; who have said that the time they spent on placement with us contributed greatly to their job-seeking experience and credentials.

Every person has worth and it is our desire to help all who are willing to work, irrespective of their starting point.

Client Testimonials

Andrew felt valued as one of the team and enjoyed the people he was working with and the training he was receiving. He stayed on as a volunteer after the placement had finished and, through dedication and hard work, managed to secure paid employment with us.

Andrew said: ‘I thoroughly enjoyed the placement, it got me into the workplace, improved my skill set, gave me confidence and got me a job.’

Mark, like many people, struggled to find employment but, once he took up a placement with us, found he was more confident and enjoyed making new friends within the shop. He learned the role and enjoyed it so much that he decided to stay on as a volunteer. Within six months Mark managed to secure paid employment with us.

Mark said: ‘Having a job not only helps you afford things that you couldn’t have bought but also makes you feel good about yourself.’

Helen previously worked as a care home worker and had no previous retail experience. The Salvation Army helped broaden Helen’s experience in the job market.

Helen said: "I want to get back into the workplace and very much enjoy the work within the Salvation Army’s shop. I feel this is great experience for me or anyone wanting to work again and it adds so much to your CV. If possible I would like to continue to volunteer after my placement has finished."