Work experience

If you are looking to develop your skills in a work place environment, then work experience with us could be for you.

We are one of the largest employers in Kent and we have a variety of different roles.

A work experience placement will give you the opportunity to practice and develop some key employability skills and attributes, such as:

  • communication and literacy
  • numeracy
  • using computers, computer programmes and office equipment
  • business and customer awareness
  • working in a team
  • showing commitment and initiative
  • problem solving.

Current work experience placements

  • Transformation (based in London) - Desk based research, SharePoint (searching, filing, cataloguing), taking notes/shadowing in internal meetings, general admin duties

We have many other types of placements in a number of departments, for example:

  • care work
  • contact centre (Agilisys)
  • countryside access
  • information technology
  • children's centres
  • Kent Scientific Services
  • Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership
  • legal
  • libraries
  • Medway Valley Countryside Partnership
  • North West Kent Countryside Partnership
  • public health
  • satellite services - an insight into health and social care
  • school financial services
  • social care for older adults
  • sports and leisure

Look at the types of placements we offer, then apply online stating the placement you are interested in.

Tips on completing the application form:

  • read the questions carefully
  • keep to the point, focus on your achievements, using examples proving you can do what you say you can
  • research your area of interest to show you are motivated and keen to experience the type of work
  • be honest in your application
  • check your spelling and grammar are correct - it is often helpful to get someone else to check as well.

When you have submitted your application you will get 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.

Due to the number of application forms we receive it can sometimes take a while to review every one, but you will receive notification that your application has been received by us.

Pay

You won't be paid for any work and we don't reimburse any expenses, for example travel to and from your work place.

Hours

Your working hours will be put in your placement schedule. They will not be more than 8 hours a day and will not start before 7am or finish later than 7pm. You will also work no more than 5 consecutive days out of 7. Regular breaks will be provided throughout the day.

Looking after you

You will be provided with a contact name for your placement who will be responsible for you. They'll make sure you know what you are doing and be there in case you need any support or advice. Your contact will also help you to find out about the jobs they do and get you involved where appropriate.

Health and safety

We take the health and safety of all our employees seriously. All of the department managers are required to assess and address the risks to young people before they start their work placement.

Please note your school will be responsible for completing a health and safety check.

If you need more information email workplacements@kent.gov.uk