Work experience

Work experience opportunities at Suffolk County Council.

At Suffolk County Council, we take pride in being an exemplar employer that offers valuable and positive work experience to a diverse range of individuals. We have previously received requests from students, refugees, and people wanting a career change. 

We are committed to providing quality experiences of work that are:

  • purposeful, relevant and really challenge you to think about your career goals and abilities,
  • planned and supervised, so that your time is well spent,
  • meet the needs of any academic program that you are undertaking that the work experience is linked to (eg T-Levels),
  • clear about the roles, responsibilities and expectations of you and your placement host, and,
  • reviewed at the end, providing feedback on your performance to help you to continue to develop your career and employability skills.

Work experience placements usually last between 1 and 40 days (either over a period of up to 1 or 2 weeks where it is every day, or 1 day a week over an academic year).

In 2024 there will be 2 routes you can take when considering submitting an application for work experience – ad hoc requests (which can be for specific placements and dates) or through Suffolk County Council's new work experience programme.

New for 2024

In 2024 we will be trialling a new work experience programme which will give Year 10 students the opportunity to learn about Suffolk County Council and the services that it offers. It will also be a great networking opportunity, mixing students from different local high schools.

Our new scheme will provide students with an overview of each Suffolk County Council directorate over the span of a week. These are:

  • Adult Social Care,
  • Children and Young People,
  • Corporate Services,
  • Fire and Public Health,
  • Growth Highways and Infrastructure,
  • Public Health and Communities.

Applications for the 2024 work experience programme are currently closed. 

Ad hoc requests

We will always do our best to find a placement but unfortunately, we cannot guarantee an offer of work experience or always accommodate preferred areas for everyone who applies.

To apply, fill out this form and the Early Careers team will get back to you as soon as possible. For further information, email