Taking on volunteer work is just one way to gain extra skills during your apprenticeship. Give your time and energy to a good cause to develop your skills and gain real-world, on-the-job experience.

What is a volunteer?

A volunteer offers unpaid help to an organisation.

You gift your time to a cause your care about, to gain experience. As a volunteer, you aren’t classed as a worker under UK law, but you can volunteer in public, private or third sector organisations.

What’s the difference between volunteering and an apprenticeship?

Apprentices are paid in exchange for the work they do. They hold a contract with their employer, which agrees their role and duties. Volunteers may have something less formal in place, that just outlines what duties they can take part in and for how long.

You can be an apprentice and a volunteer, for example, if you want to develop your skills in areas which extend beyond your role. Although it’s unpaid, it gives you get the opportunity use your talents and develop new skills.

Volunteering benefits

Volunteering can be a rewarding experience, the benefits include:

  • Making a positive difference
  • Gaining skills
  • Making new friends
  • Having fun
  • Keeping busy
  • Using existing skills
  • Gaining work experience
  • Giving something back
  • Sampling a career direction
  • Doing something different from paid job

Who can volunteer?

Anyone can volunteer.

No matter your background or work experience, you will have a skill that someone needs.

Whether you can regularly give a day or you can occasionally give an hour, there is bound to be something you can do.

Apprenticeship Key Themes

If you sign up for an apprenticeship in Wales, you’ll learn about key themes embedded in its curriculum. The key themes are consistent across every apprenticeship in Wales.

Get In Touch...

At TSW we are passionate about helping people and organisations meet their full potential.

Make an enquiry and one of our dedicated Learning Advisors will contact you to listen to your needs and help you find the right solutions.

Your Learning Advisor will support you by:

  • Listening to you carefully, to understand your needs and any problems you are trying to solve
  • Asking you questions to help us determine the right solution for you
  • Providing advice, information, and pricing according to your requirements
  • Identifying when one of our in-house experts needs to speak with you, to provide more specialist advice

Rest assured that you will not be contacted by a pushy salesperson.

We are here to provide you with tailored information and direct you to the best solution, even if that is not with TSW!