The Work Experience Scheme is open to people aged 14 to 29 who live or study in Sandwell.
What can we do for you?
Sandwell Council provides more than 300 work experience opportunities every year, right across the organisation including marketing, ICT, finance, legal, construction, architecture, working outdoors, general admin and much more.
Our work experience programme is designed to offer you an opportunity to find out more about who we are, the type of work we do and how you can get involved.
What we offer?
We can offer a range of jobs and career choices to help you develop new skills, help you decide on a career or even to try something different. Please note:- work experience placements are subject to availability.
- Design/Maintenance - there are seven placements in this area - you can apply from 1 September to 30 January 2018. Interviews will take place during half-term week in February 2018.
- Cultural Services
- Human Resources
- Environmental Health, Trading Standards and Housing
- Legal and Governance
- Working within social care
- Health and wellbeing
- Childrens - Learning Services
Please note: - most school placements will take place in June/July. Placements for 16-29 year olds generally take place March to June and September to December.
Help and advice
If you are successful in getting a work experience placement at Sandwell Council, take a look at our hints and tips designed to help you make the most of your placement.
Meet Emma Parkes who has already had work experience at Sandwell Council.
"I would encourage young people to take this opportunity of gaining new skills that can help you get on to the ladder of future employment." Jessica Dorrance, Tividale.
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!
If you have any queries about the work experience scheme run by Sandwell Council, then contact us via email.
If you require any information or help about careers and jobs or training and learning please visit Connexions (for people aged 13-18 in Sandwell) or National Careers Service (for adults 19+) for more information.