'Work experience works. It works for young people, who get the opportunity to participate in the world of work and gain practical experience that will enable them to believe and prove that they can be valuable and productive members of the workforce. It works for employers, who see work experience as vital in providing a talent pipeline for their business. And it works for the wider economy and society, as it brings more people into work and out of long-term unemployment.’ CIPD 2012
Introduction to work experience
Work experience is defined as a short period spent in a workplace, usually by young people, to learn what it is like to do that kind of work.
Work experience has a key role to play in preparing people for the workforce and as both a large employer and the Local Authority we have a vital role to play.
Work Experience has changed over the last few years and the Councils offer has evolved with it. As well as the traditional 1 or 2 week work experience offer to students, we can also offer work experience through Job Centre Plus and we are open to other arrangements. Please just ask.
What can we do for you?
Warwickshire County Council offers multiple work experience opportunities every year right across the organisation, including ICT, Legal Services, Marketing and Communications, Country Parks, and much more.
Our work experience programme is designed to offer you an opportunity to develop yourself as well as find out more about who we are, the type of work we do and how you can get involved. For more information, please have a look at the following:
Make the most of your placement
- At the start of your work experience, take time to discuss with your supervisor what your interests are and what you would like to get out the placement.
- Be proactive and work hard on every task, however big or small.
- Talk to people working in other areas to broaden your understanding and experience.
- Where possible, make your supervisor aware of your skills and previous experience.
- Keep a copy of the work you have done while at the Council, as this may be useful for your portfolio. Always check there are no copyrights involved.
- Make sure you have researched the department/programme you are working on and get an understanding of the kind of work they do on a day-to-day basis.
- Whilst at the council take the opportunity to network and make connections with other employees.
- Spare some time to talk to employees about how their own career paths have unfolded and what their role is in the Council.
- If you don’t know what you are doing, or you are feeling overwhelmed, don’t be afraid to ask for help from your supervisor or other team members.
- Listen to and act on any feedback you receive from your supervisor.
Just remember to be professional and ask lots of questions. Most of all treat it like a job – and be proactive!
For more information, or to discuss if we could offer you the right kind of experience, email or telephone the County Council Work Experience lead with your contact information and details of the placement you are interested in.
Tel: 01926 418192