Work Experience Placements at Cornwall Council

It can take several weeks to set up a placement, so please apply six weeks before your desired start date.  This is to ensure you get the most out of your placement.  Whilst we cannot guarantee finding you a placement, we will do our best to support you.

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One of our Council priorities, to have a green and prosperous Cornwall, includes providing more jobs for people in Cornwall. Work experience plays a key role in the Council's vision to make Cornwall a better place to live, work and visit. Cornwall Council encourages work experience, work shadowing and student placements and acknowledges the benefits that these arrangements bring to our organisation; such as a new insight into the workplace and improved links with the local community.

Our work experience programme is open to everyone aged 14 and over, whether you are at school, college, university, returning to work or looking for a career change.

A work experience placement will give you the opportunity to practice and develop some key employability skills and attributes. By choosing to do a placement with us, we can help you:

  • Gain practical experience in the job area 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 when applying for jobs
  • Build on your skills and knowledge and help you gain confidence in your chosen area of work
  • Build your networks
  • Take the first step to explore career options and help make a positive career choice
  • Gain great knowledge and insight into a large public sector organisation
  • A one week placement for school students, although it may be possible to offer a different length placement
  • A work experience placement designed to meet your particular career needs
  • A chance to see first-hand how we deliver services to the residents of Cornwall by work shadowing and getting some ‘hands on’ practical experience
  • An opportunity to meet different people in your chosen career area, ask questions and understand more about their area
  • Encouragement and support
  • A safe and secure placement where you will be treated fairly and with respect

Our work experience placements are in various teams across our directorates which are:

  • Adult Social Care
  • Together for Families
  • Customer and Support Services
  • Economic Growth and Development 
  • Neighbourhoods
  • Wellbeing and Public Health

Our work experience placements

If you are in year 10 and 12 you can apply on line for a work experience placement from September 2019. 

The application process will help you gain the skills you need to enable you to complete future job applications.  It’s really important your application form is completed fully and to the best of your ability.  You may be invited to an informal interview for some of our more popular placements.

Here are a few top tips before you fill in your application form:

  • Fill in all the sections
  • Write all you can for each question
  • Check for grammar and spelling mistakes. 
  • Why not ask someone to read your application before you submit it?
  • Check your email regularly for our response

If you would like any further information on any of our placements before you apply, then please contact us at or call us on 01872 324600.

You can apply for any of the placements by completing the application form on the link below.  Please note we do not accept CV's.

We encourage all applications to be completed on line but if you do require a form in a different format please contact us at or call us on 01872 324600   

Apply for a work experience placement online

When you have submitted your application we will send you an email to confirm it has been received.  Once reviewed your application will be sent to the relevant team offering the placement for a final decision.  Once your placement is confirmed, you will receive further information about what to expect.

You will then be contacted shortly before your placement start date to inform you what you need to bring along on the first day.  This can vary depending on the type of placement you have been offered.

Students who undertook work experience earlier this year have given us feedback about their work experience week.  Here’s what they said…

  • “The best part of this week was working with different people and learning about what they do as a job, and the key skills needed for that particular job”. Year 10 Student 2018
  • “I gained experience on working in an office environment.  This will help me develop skills such as time management, problem-solving, teamwork and communication.  I also gained confidence, meaning that in the future I will be more able to face challenging situations”.  Year 10 Student 2018
  • “I can see how the things I learn at school would apply to work and have gained valuable experience which will be very helpful for when I have a career in the future”. Year 10 Student 2018

If you have enjoyed finding out about work experience placements, then you may be interested in our apprenticeship programme. We recruit apprentices in groups three times a year with some ad hoc vacancies also appearing throughout the year.

For more information on apprenticeships visit our apprenticeships pages.

If you would like any further information on any of the placements before you apply, then please contact us:

Please be aware that it can take several weeks to set up a placement. We cannot guarantee finding you a placement, but we will try our best to support you.