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Work experience

work experience

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.

Download your application form here

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.

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 done 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 Think Sandwell (for people aged 16+) 

How we use your personal information

In order to process your application and provide you with a placement if you are successful, the council will need to hold your personal information/data and will be used and shared internally within the council for the purposes of your placement.

The council will not share your personal data with third parties unless required to do so by law.

The work experience scheme will only hold onto your personal data for a maximum of 18 months for administration purposes and will be deleted after this period.