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Work experience

Work experience plays a key role in the council's vision to make Surrey a better place to live, work and visit. Surrey County Council encourages work experience, work shadowing and student placements and acknowledges the benefits these arrangements bring to our organisation, such as a new insight into the workplace and improved ties with the local community.

Who can apply for our work experience scheme?

Our work experience scheme is open to everyone; whether you are at school, college, university, returning to work or looking for a career change.

You will be given priority to our placements if you fall into any of the following categories:

  • A Looked After Young Person or Care Leaver
  • Signed up with EmployAbility
  • A Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) user
  • Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET)

What are the benefits of a placement with Surrey County Council?

The rewards and benefits of work experience are many. By choosing to do a placement with us, we can help you:

  • Gain practical experience in the job you are interested in.
  • Raise your awareness of current developments in the work area.
  • Improve your job opportunities. Having experience of work will make you a more interesting prospect to employers and give you something to talk about on job applications and your CV.
  • Build on your skills and knowledge and gain confidence in your chosen area of work.
  • Build your networks.
  • Explore career options and make a positive career choice.
  • Gain excellent knowledge and insight into a large public sector organisation.

What can you expect from us?

  • A work experience programme designed to meet your particular career needs.
  • A chance to see first-hand what happens in a typical day on the job.
  • An opportunity to meet different people in your chosen career area, ask questions and understand more about their industry.
  • Encouragement and support.
  • A safe and secure placement where you will be treated fairly and with respect.
  • Knowledge of public sector.

How do I apply for work experience?

Please complete the attached form to register your interest in a placement with Surrey County Council.

We take applications all year round. Please be aware that it can take several weeks to set up a placement, particularly in busy periods. We cannot guarantee finding you a placement, but we will try our best to support you.

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