Work Experience & Volunteering

Many students at Wickersley take part in a wide range of extra-curricular activities with both school and also independently to pursue their own interests.  Volunteering and work experience can really add to a young persons insight into the world of work and also offer a valuable addition to their CV and college, university and job applications.

Volunteering within school ranges from helping out with sports to the library and the range of community opportunities available through the DoE scheme.  School also has links with a range of external partners involved in encouraging young people to join in, some of these are included in the links below.

  • St Johns Ambulance – Local units are at Rotherham on Downs Row, or Edlington on Edlington Lane and our local contact is Chris Little,
  • Police – Recruitment for the police cadets is in April of each year for students in Year 10 and above, our local contact is Diane Collins,
  • Army – Based at the TA centre on Fitzwilliam Road, Rotherham and offer opportunities to young people aged 12 and over.

Support to help find voluntary work experience is available in school by either visiting the Careers Office or contacting for further information.

Current Opportunities

Careers Advice

Do you need advice on what career path to take next? Or need help applying for Sixth Form, University or an Apprenticeship?

Come and visit us in the careers office, ground floor F Block near the rear entrance to the block adjacent to the main hall.

Extracurricular Activities

As well as extracurricular activities within school, there are also lots of activities to take part in outside of school. This can help to build vital skills and opportunities to include in your CV and personal statement.

St John Ambulance Cadets

Young people aged 10–17 can join the Cadet units, which operate throughout England. These are a great way for teens and young people to take part in volunteer work and learn valuable life skills.

Police Cadets

South Yorkshire Volunteer Police Cadets are ambassadors for the force; participating in a variety of activities, formal training and events as well as learning about the various roles within the Police.

Army Cadets

Become an Army Cadet and you’ll be spending your spare time taking part in adventurous activities like rock climbing, mountain biking, archery and abseiling.

Rotherham Sea Cadets

Sea Cadets makes exploring the world, and who you want to be, feel safe and exciting at the same time.

The National Citizen Service

NCS is a youth development programme that empowers young people, aged 15-17 years old, by engaging them in residential and social action activities.

Girl Guiding

We build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good. We give them a space to have fun.


Young people in the Scouts take part in an exciting programme of activities from kayaking to coding. They develop character skills like resilience, initiative and tenacity; employability skills such as leadership, teamwork and problem solving; and practical skills like cooking and first aid.


Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community, it also provides a great attribute when searching for employment or applying for sixth form or university.

The UK’s national volunteering database, makes it easy for anyone to volunteer in their community.


Volunteering helps you make a difference to something you care about and learn new talents too. There are loads of ways to volunteer; whether you’ve got an hour or a week, are into music or sport, whatever’s your thing, volunteering lets you make your mark.

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue

Do you have some spare time which could be used to help make South Yorkshire safer?

Work Experience

When thinking about your career it can be difficult to decide what is best for you, taking part in work experience can give you a better understanding of what is involved in different areas of work.

Not Going to Uni

Learn on the job by actually doing the job. Many larger companies have recruitment schemes where they look for the brightest school leavers to train up on their own internal training schemes.

Business & Education Together

An experience of the world of work, aimed at increasing students confidence, their understanding of the basics of working life, health & safety in the workplace, functional skills, time management, understanding relationships at work, dress code and many other essential employability skills.

AMRC Manufacturing Camp

The AMRC Manufacturing Camp is an opportunity for young people to get a head start and undertake a one-week employability and work experience placement within an engineering and manufacturing environment.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

You can visit the South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue website for live updates of work experience placements that you can take part in.