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For companies unable to offer work experience, there are still a huge number of options available to help young people. Work Shadowing gives students the same understanding of different industries and job roles as work experience, just in a less structured and time consuming manner.

Mentoring is a fantastic alternative to work experience; it allows individual members of staff to help, and develop a personal relationship with, a particular young person. In fact, it can be even more beneficial than work experience because it gives students access to one-on-one advice, throughout their early career.

If your company is not able to bring young people into your workplace, you could set up a relationship with a local school and bring your expertise to them. By running workshops, organising mock-interviews and giving careers talks, you can help students understand the skills they already have and those that they will need in the workplace. 

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