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Work Experience Placements at Cornwall Council

It can take several weeks to set up a placement, so please apply at least 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.

We are currently reviewing our Work Experience programme for 2021 for year 10 students.  Our website will be updated in the new year so please keep checking back.

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If you have any queries please get in touch by emailing

Cornwall Council encourages:

  • work experience
  • work shadowing
  • student placements

The Council 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 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

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
  • Build on your skills and knowledge which will help you gain confidence in your chosen area of work
  • Build your networks
  • Take the first step to explore career options and make a positive career choice
  • Gain great knowledge and insight into a large public sector organisation

Our work experience programme is open to everyone aged 14 and over, whether you are at:

  • school
  • college
  • university
  • returning to work
  • looking for a career change

We provide an inclusive working environment and commitment to placements for individuals from diverse groups; including:

  • disadvantaged young people
  • care leavers
  • long term unemployed / returners to the labour market
  • young people with SEND
  • adults with learning needs

Due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic all our placements are currently unavailable to apply for.  

We are currently reviewing our placements.  However, the vast majority of Council employees are still working from home. This is to help prevent the spread of the virus in line with government guidelines.  We are currently exploring options for alternative arrangements for work experience.  It is unlikely these will be office based and will be an online offer.

Please contact us at or 01872 324600 if you have any queries.

  • A one week placement for school students, although it may be possible to offer a different length placement for other applicants
  • 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
    • 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

You can apply online for a work experience placement.

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

Please note we do not accept CV's. We encourage all applications to be completed on line.  However, if you do require a different format please contact us at or 01872 324600.

Apply for a work experience placement online

You will receieve an email confirming receipt of your application.  Once your placement is confirmed, you will receieve more information about your placement.

Have you enjoyed finding out about work experience placements? If so, 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.