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Work Experience

Our Work Experience Programme is designed to give you a taster of what it’s like to work in local government and a chance to develop valuable skills and knowledge.

Work Experience Information

What to expect

Our Work Experience Programme gives you the opportunity to:

  • Gain insight into your chosen area at Buckinghamshire County Council
  • Shadow a range of people working in your area to understand more about their roles
  • Ask questions to find out more about a career in local government
  • Build your knowledge of the public sector

Placements can be up to 2 weeks long and are usually unpaid.

If you feel that you come under the exemptions for unpaid work experience as stated here, please include this in your application.

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What you will get out of it

If you choose to do a work experience placement at BCC, you’ll benefit from:

  • Real world experience in the job you are interested in
  • The opportunity to explore career options to help you make more informed choices
  • Contacts for future networking
  • Experience that you can add to your CV and help you stand out to future prospective employers
  • Gaining confidence
  • Getting first-hand insight into a large public sector organisation
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Don't just take it from us...

Megan

Megan, 3rd Year University Student on her placement in Human Resources:

“My week here has been really interesting. I have been able to meet a range of people in different departments and it has opened my eyes to how the council works in practice. I was able to chat with so many different people who willingly gave up some of their time to explain their role to me – they were all so friendly and welcoming.

There were a number of aspects that surprised me about working at the council – I found that people’s remits and projects were so varied and extended way beyond what I thought local government might entail.

I think the reason that I have found everything so interesting is because local government directly impacts people’s lives and it is relatable to daily life – it’s been a real eye-opener.

Overall I had a fantastic week. I learned a huge amount and surprised myself with how much my perceptions of local government and the public sector have changed since my placement.”

 

Holly, Year 10 Student on her placement in Human Resources:

“My work experience at Bucks County Council has been a great opportunity for me to get an idea as to what working life would be like. I really enjoyed my time and I have gained many new and valuable skills throughout my placement here. Everyone was really welcoming and it was a really good chance for me to learn about all the different aspects within a business, giving me an idea about the areas of work I might like to work in.”.

 

Lauren, University Student on her placement in Highways Development: 

“I’d just like to say a huge thank you for organising and running my work experience last week. The week was really well arranged and the whole team were so friendly, helpful and passionate, it was lovely to work with them. I really enjoyed going out on site and seeing how all the work in the office comes to life and makes a difference around Bucks! It was really interesting to see the really broad span of the planning side of Highways as well as the more intricate and detailed negotiations involved in the processes – definitely something I previously knew very little about.

Who knows, maybe I’ll be back in a few years time on the Graduate scheme!”

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Who's eligible

We will consider all applications, but our work experience scheme is best suited to:

  • Students of statutory school age (Year 10+)
  • Post 16 students
  • Undergraduates
  • Postgraduates
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Placement options

We offer placements of a maximum period of 2 weeks in a variety of areas.  We currently have work experience opportunities in the following teams:

Highways Development Management

During a work experience placement with this team, you can expect to attend site inspections, shadow officers, learn how a planning application is reviewed and attend meetings about current projects.

No. of placements available per year: 2

Possible placement dates: February – November

 

School Admissions and Transport

During your time with this team, you can expect to gain an understanding of how school admissions works, and contribute to assisting the team in administration tasks such as drafting responses to parental/caregiver enquiries; helping the team manage incoming applications; supporting the team in assessing home to school transport applications as well as general office administration.

No. of placements available per year: 3

Possible placement dates: June – August, October – February

 

Business Support

A centralised support service that provides flexible, dynamic administrative support across BCC. You’ll get the chance to work with a number of different teams depending on your studies. You’ll help out with general office admin including data input and checking, filing, copying and scanning.

No. of placements available per year: 4

Possible placement dates: September – November, January – mid July

 

Finance Operations

During your work placement you can expect to see all aspects of Finance Operations and where possible get insight into the technical and management accounting functions.

Work will include:

  • Shadowing meetings with middle and senior managers
  • Assisting with the electronic filing process, filing and archiving
  • Shadowing the payments and income teams
  • Supporting the Financial Assessments, direct payments and Financial Deputy Team where possible.

No. of placements available per year: 3

Possible placement dates: May – February

 

Strategic HR

In a placement with our Resourcing, Policy and Reward team, you can expect to: shadow the many roles within the team; learn about and assist in the recruitment process from start to finish; review and evaluate the use of social media as a recruitment tool; attend meetings; learn about essential HR policies and procedures.

No. of placements available per year: 4

Possible placement dates: January – November

 

 Technology Services

With this team, you can expect to gain an insight into the Service desk, Deskside, Infrastructure teams and some of our key applications.
Note: placements with this team can only be a maximum of 3 days.

No. of placements available per year: 6

Possible placement dates: All Year (subject to availability)

 

Strategy and Major Property Projects

This team is part of the Property & Assets service area and project manage a range of project and programmes relating to our built assets.

During your time with the team you will experience working in a project management environment, attending meetings or site visits to construction site works, along with attending site visits with a surveyor with an insight to how they work. We will also explain the different stages of building works, which involves viewing plans, 3D modelling & CAD. You will also have the opportunity to learn about unique and diverse projects depending on the work happening at the time of your visit.

No. of placements available per year: 2

Possible placement dates: April – January

 

Digital Services

This team looks to improve the customer experience online, working with internal colleagues to ensure all customer journeys meet accessibility standards. Examples of tasks include: Assisting with User Research, attending project meetings and accessing readability on the BCC site.

No. of placements available per year: 2

Possible placement dates: All Year (Subject to Availability)

 

Libraries

We have a number of locations with placements available. A placement with one of our libraries may involve: returning and refreshing shelf stock, assisting customers with enquiries, supporting events and creating displays.

Amersham Library – 

No. of placements available per year: 4

Possible placement dates: January – November

Burnham Library – 

No. of placements available per year: 2

Possible placement dates: All Year (Subject to Availability)

Beaconsfield Library –

No. of placements available per year: 1

Possible placement dates: June ONLY

Gerrards Cross Library – 

No. of placements available per year: 2

Possible placement dates: All Year (Subject to Availability)

Please note that placements are limited, and we can only support placements up to 2 weeks long.

Whilst we will try our best to accommodate you, please be aware that placements cannot be guaranteed.

If you are interested in doing work experience with a team not listed above, please get in touch with us to talk it through.

Buckinghamshire County Council offices

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How to apply

For more information on our Work Experience placements and to apply, click here:

PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST APPLY A MINIMUM OF 8 WEEKS PRIOR TO YOUR REQUESTED START DATE.

  • In your application, please state which team(s) you are interested in doing your placement with and why
  • Whilst we will try our best to accommodate as many applicants as possible, placements are very limited
  • Allow at least 4 weeks to hear back about your placement and avoid applying more than 3 months in advance.

If you have any questions, please get in touch

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does BCC offer internships and longer term placements?

At BCC, we are keen to develop our work experience programme to be the best that it can be. We are currently in the early stages of setting up our programme, and it is for this reason that we are only offering shorter placements of a maximum of 2 weeks in length at present. We do hope to eventually offer longer placements and internships, so be sure to check the jobs site from time to time for any updates.

Are work experience placements paid or unpaid?

Generally our 1 – 2 week work experience placements are unpaid. If you feel you may come under the exemptions for unpaid work experience (details found here), please state this in your application form.

How quickly after applying will I be able to start my placement?

Whilst our resourcing team will aim to get back to you about your placement as soon as possible, we advise that your requested placement start date is between 4 weeks and 6 months after the date that you send your application. This is to ensure that there is plenty of time for us to process your application and create a placement that is tailored to suit you.

Can I apply at any time of year?

We do take applications year round, but please bear in mind that placements are limited, and some teams may not be able to offer placements at certain times of the year, especially during busier working periods. It may also be more difficult to place you over Christmas and New Year.

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