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Volunteering 'is a chance to gain practical experience'

Volunteering 'is a chance to gain practical experience'

Graduates and school leavers who are finding it difficult to obtain full-time employment could find that volunteering helps them acquire the skills and attributes valued by employers.

Andy Pearcey, from Orange, told the Daily Mirror that his firm hears from such people all the time, who claim they are doing free work in a bid to gain an advantage in the competitive jobs market.

He stated that such a tactic is a positive one, noting that young people can learn a lot from voluntary placements.

"Volunteering is a great way to access to hands-on experience whilst making a real difference to people's lives and communities. It's also encouraging that many are using this experience to move into a paid job," Mr Pearcey told the news provider.

Dion Corbett recently told the Dumfries and Galloway Standard that she is to embark on a volunteering placement in Peru to provide children with learning resources and to undertake other work in the community.

Posted by Beth O'Shea
 


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