Like a lot of people in this sort of business, I get a lot of CVs from beginners looking for work. Mostly I respond with a thanks-I'll-bear-you-in-mind as I very rarely need to employ anyone else, and very occasionally I've been able to make good on that offer. Not very often, but it does happen.
Occasionally, through an old friend who's a schoolteacher, I run basic camera workshops for 6th form students. I did one yesterday, and as of this morning, I had a text message from one of the students, who'd been bright enough to look me up, asking if I could offer some sort of internship. Internships are a very big deal in the UK at the moment and everyone's clamouring for them.
I can't really do that as I don't have long enough continuous blocks of work, but as part of my Being a Nicer Person initiative I'm inclined to invite this student to come out on a few days here and there. It wouldn't be a formal internship but it would be something to put on a CV. This is well-timed as they're a week from breaking up for the summer and I have a couple of fairly straightforward corporates coming up.
There is a potential problem: this student is no more than 17, and female, which affects the look of the thing even if it doesn't affect the legality and insurability of the situation. The issues this could let me in for are pretty clear. Also, in the UK, one might fall foul of the minimum wage rules; I'd have to look up what the situation is with work experience people.
I'd really like to not be negative about this, and say yes, but any advice would be much appreciated. Obviously one would speak to the parents and also to my friend at the school, but I'm not sure what else I can do in order to have done due diligence on this.
All the best,