Students can take on work experience placements during their last two school years (when they’ll usually be aged 14-16).
During work experience placements, a child is normally permitted to work up to 8 hours per day and 40 hours per week. Employment permits aren’t required when the work experience is arranged by their school, and the restrictions to do only light work and prohibition on employment in industrial undertakings and the restrictions on street trading don’t apply. The model bylaws don’t apply, except where any local bylaws go beyond the model in terms of the prohibition of employment of persons below a specified age.
The prohibitions, restrictions and rules still apply in respect of health and safety, the sale of alcohol, and employment in gambling or in boats.
While the employer will be responsible for the health and safety of a child during their placement, the partners involved in the provision and monitoring of work experience placements to students (education employers/establishments, work experience organisers, placement providers and parents or carers) will also have health, safety and welfare duties.