Work experience with the council

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is still recovering from the effects of COVID-19. With this in mind, not all of our services and teams are able to offer work experience placements at this time and you may be asked to apply again in the future. We are currently working on this and looking at new and exciting ways to offer work experience from this point forward.

Would you like to find out more about careers in the council, including work experience?

What kind of work experience can I have?

Work experience opportunities are possible in a range of different categories.

Please note: that some of our placements within the Social Care category will require a DBS check to be completed before placement commences. The host manager will contact you directly to discuss this if they can offer a placement. Please bear this in mind when requesting dates to allow for checks to be made.

Please use the online work experience application form to find out more about the placements on offer:

Apply for a work experience placement with council

What are the benefits of a work experience placement with East Riding of Yorkshire Council?

A work experience placement will give you the opportunity to find out what it is like working for the council as well as developing your employability skills. Choosing to join us on work experience will give you:

  • the chance to gain practical experience in a job role you are interested in
  • the opportunity to develop your skills, knowledge, and confidence in the workplace
  • insight into jobs and careers in local government.

Who can apply for work experience?

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

How long will my placement last?

Work experience placements last for a limited period varying from a one-off half-a-day visit up to 148 hours (depending on the nature of work and type of placement).

How do I arrange a placement?

Step 1

You can apply for a work experience placement online using the form link below:

Apply for a work experience placement with council

Step 2

You will be able to select the job category you are interested in, and then the placement opportunities within. The opportunity you select will list the location and any pre-requirements e.g. qualifications and/or age restrictions. You will receive an acknowledgment email with a reference number on it.

Step 3

Your application will be considered by the supervisor who will endeavour to respond within 14 days. You will receive an email confirming whether a placement can be offered or not. If you are offered a placement you will receive full instructions to include:

  • details of the location that your placement will be held at
  • dates and times
  • details of the person you should report to.

Step 4

It will be up to you to contact the supervisor to introduce yourself before your first day and discuss what you will be doing. The supervisor will be responsible for your programme of work and deal with any problems or queries.

Will the council pay me for the work I do whilst on placement?

No. Work experience placements are unpaid and unfortunately, we are unable to cover any expenses.

How will I know what my duties are?

You will have a supervisor assigned to you for the duration of your placement who can tell you what your duties are.

Am I covered by the council’s insurance and health and safety policies whilst on my placement?

Yes. You are covered by both the council’s insurance and health and safety policies.

You will be given a health and safety induction on your first day so you are aware of fire evacuation procedures, location of first aiders and safe use of your workstation/work area.

Can I apply for 'internal only' job vacancies whilst on my placement?

No. Only employees of the council can apply for internal vacancies.

Who can I contact to find out more?

If you have any queries about work experience please contact us via email:


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