Work experience and careers

How to start a career with Suffolk County Council through a choice of work experience, apprenticeships, internships and graduate opportunities for young people.

Start a challenging, varied and exciting career with Suffolk County Council at Rising High in Suffolk.

rising high logoSupporting young people into learning and work

As part of Raising the Bar, Suffolk County Council seeks to be “…an exemplar employer in supporting young people’s transition into work through the experiences it offers.”

Aims:

  • Provide paid and unpaid opportunities for young people to develop their skills and experiences of a working environment.
  • Improve aspirations of young people within Suffolk or those who have come to Suffolk to study and support them into work.
  • Enable young people to make informed career choices and understand the types of jobs within the public sector.

The Exemplar Employer programme is known as Rising High in Suffolk following the launch of a website to support this activity. The website has been designed and developed by young people for young people. You will find information about opportunities at Suffolk County Council and the district and borough councils in Suffolk on this website.

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Types of opportunity

  • Work experience
    • Unpaid work placements or taster sessions offered to students who are currently at school or college.
    • Unpaid work placements or taster sessions offered to other young people who are not in education, training and employment.
    • Pathways into learning and work for looked after children /care leavers.
  • Traineeships provide unpaid work placements attached to college attendance to support young people who are not yet ready for an apprenticeship.
  • Apprenticeships offer a chance to gain experience of the workplace, a qualification for free and a salary; whilst working for an employer who is willing to train and support you, kick starting a career and helping to develop valuable, transferable skills. Paid at £3.30 per hour but if you are over 19 and been an apprentice for more than a year pay is national minimum wage relevant to age. Opportunities are advertised as they arise throughout the year on the Rising High in Suffolk website and Suffolk Jobs Direct. More information about apprenticeships can also be found on The Source website.
  • Internships a twelve week summer placement for undergraduates commencing June each year - paid at national minimum wage. Opportunities advertised in December on the Rising High in Suffolk website and Suffolk Jobs Direct.
  • Supported internships provide unpaid work placements for young people with special educational needs or disabilities as part of a study programme at college, improving preparation for employment and pathways into work.
  • Industrial placements a twelve month work placement required as part of an undergraduates four year course. Commencing June each year - paid at national minimum wage. Opportunities advertised in December on the Rising High in Suffolk website and Suffolk Jobs Direct.
  • Graduate Traineeships are 18 month fixed term contracts in specific roles but benefit from being part of a generic programme. They are Grade 4 paid at £18638 with an additional offer of up to £5000 for professional training related to the role. They commence in September and are advertised in May on the Rising High in Suffolk website and Suffolk Jobs Direct.
  • Schools Based Graduate Internships are paid, one year term time placements designed for new graduates who are still considering their career options and are interested in working with children and young people. Placements include work experience in teaching, speech therapy, educational psychology and social care. Opportunities are advertised in on the Rising High in Suffolk website and Suffolk Jobs Direct.

Graduate opportunities in Social Work, Teaching and other professional disciplines, such as Law, are also available.  These are generally promoted at universities, through the media and on Suffolk Jobs Direct. You will usually need to have studied a relevant qualification to be considered for these roles.