Work experience

What is work experience?

Work experience is an opportunity for people to try out and gain experience in real-life jobs/tasks in a work environment.  These kinds of placements can give an understanding of the world of work and can develop a range of skills and knowledge that will be valuable in the future. 

At Doncaster Council this is offered on an unpaid basis and typically lasts for 2-3 weeks, although varying lengths may be considered. 

All applications for work experience placements will be carefully considered but cannot be guaranteed. You can apply online using the link in the section below.

Doncaster Council's Work Experience Placement scheme as now been accredited by a quality standard organisation called Fair Train and awarded a Gold accolade.

Before applying 

Consider what it is you want to get out of a placement, the types of work tasks you would like to gain experience in, the skills you wish to develop and what career aspirations you have. 

Further training/qualification? 

If you meet certain criteria you may be eligible for further training and potentially a qualification, through our team at:

How to apply 

Please complete the following work experience placement request form  

What happens next? 

When you submit the completed request form, this will automatically be delivered to:

Your completed form will be delivered to the relevant department(s) for consideration and you will receive a response to inform you whether we can offer you a placement or not. This could take between 2 and 6 weeks, as we may have to contact several departments to find a placement.

School pupils 

  • if a department can accommodate your request then you can make arrangements directly with them, but you must also inform your school work placement co-ordinator 
  • the department will arrange for a work place visit to take place in order to assess the suitability of the placement, and ensure that the relevant insurances and health and safety arrangements are in place 

Other members of the public 

  • if a department can accommodate your request then you can make arrangements directly with them 
  • if you are linked to an organisation as part of a course/programme, you must inform them so they can arrange for a work place visit to take place in order to assess the suitability of the placement, and ensure that the relevant insurances and health and safety arrangements are in place. 

What else do I need to know? 

  • insurances and liability - Doncaster Council’s insurances and liability covers all DMBC premises and all people working on them, including those on a work placement.  They also cover people undertaking work on DMBC’s behalf, paid or unpaid, whilst on other premises.  
  • right to work in the UK - whether you are working on a paid or unpaid basis, you must have the right to work in the UK in order to do so.  You will be required to provide the relevant document(s) to evidence this. 
  • data protection - it is a legal requirement that all those working on the council’s behalf, whether paid or unpaid, undertake data protection training.  There are four e-learning modules available which you will be asked to complete within the first few days of the placement. 
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks - for some placements it may be appropriate to complete a criminal records check, now known as a DBS check.  You will be advised if a DBS check is required and it must be in place before the placement can begin.  Please be aware that this can take some time to progress. 
  • further clearances (inspected areas) - where a business area is subject to inspection there may be additional checks and documentation which needs to be in place and kept on file at the establishment.  You will be advised if anything further is required. 
  • hours of work/rest breaks/night working - there may not be a specified lunch time period depending on the service area.  However, a minimum break of 30 minutes must be taken after working a continuous period of six hours; or after 4.5 hours for workers under 18 years (in order to comply with Working Time Regulations - see sect. 4.2).  If working less than six hours (or 4.5hrs if under 18 years old) a break does not have to be taken, but can be. 

Again depending on the service area and whether the hours are fixed or flexi time applies, there is no maximum break period and more than one break may be taken within the day.  

The laws around night working and night workers are very complicated.  Generally speaking, young workers can’t work between 10 pm to 6 am (but you can agree to change this to between 11pm to 7am).  

What I can expect 

Before my work experience begins?  

You should meet with the manager and you may be offered an interview to provide you with interview experience.  This is an opportunity for you both to discuss in more detail the tasks and experiences you have listed in your request and for the manager to be clear about what they can offer.  It will help to establish initial expectations on both sides. 

You should receive a letter or email confirming what time to start, where to report to and who to ask for. 

On my first day? 

You should meet the manager as arranged.  They will take you through an induction process, which will include: 

  • work experience programme/timetable for the duration of your placement  
  • health and safety  
  • tour of the building  
  • introductions to the people you will be working with and other colleagues/managers 

During my first week? 

You will continue with your established programme/timetable of work.  You will also be enrolled onto the council’s e-learning website to complete the mandatory modules.

At the end of the first week you should meet with your manager to discuss and review how things have gone so far.  

At the end of my placement? 

You should meet with your manager at the end of the placement to review and evaluate the placement overall and get some feedback on how you have performed. 

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Last updated: 08 December 2016 10:07:40