Work experience

Information about Hampshire County Council work experience and advice for managers

Work experience

Work experience is an opportunity for a student to spend a period of time outside the classroom, learning about a particular job or area of work.

During a placement, the student will be able to find out:

  • what employers want when they're looking for someone to fill a job vacancy
  • grow their self-confidence, and
  • develop communication skills
How a young person can get work experience

As one of the largest employers in the County, Hampshire County Council aims to support young people looking to gain work experience as part of their progression and development. We offer the traditional two week placement and also support:

  • shadowing
  • taster days, and
  • placements lasting up to three months

Hampshire Futures currently support students who are at risk of becoming NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) by arranging placements. This may be with local employers or in Hampshire County Council departments.

Students and other young people looking for work experience within the Council are able to register their interest and request a placement through our Youth Talent Bank. Work experience requests will then be sent to the most appropriate department for the interests of the young person. Young people can also look on Your Future for advice and guidance on working and training.

Hampshire County Council’s Work Experience Programme

Aims of the Hampshire County Council Work Experience programme are to:

  • encourage young people to consider a vocation within the local authority and support schools by offering work experience/work placements to young people that are exciting, interesting and challenging
  • provide a wide range of opportunities for students wishing to experience working for a County Council
  • promote understanding of, and in some areas support and take part in, the Services that the County Council provides

We are taking a consistent approach to ensure that wherever a student takes their work experience within the organisation, they can expect the same quality of opportunities and experiences. This approach will ensure a fair and equal process for the students when applying for work experience opportunities.

Please encourage a young person to complete the Youth Talent Bank

For further information please contact hampshire.futures@hants.gov.uk.

Information for Hampshire County Council departments

For more information about having a work experience placement in your team, contact your Work Experience Departmental Co-ordinator.

Information for external employers

We can help you if your organisation would like to provide work experience for a young person.

Qualified and experienced Careers Advisers will help you in the planning and preparation of a work experience placement. You will feel prepared and confident about taking on a young person.

We can offer you:

  • assistance in defining roles and tasks for the work experience programme
  • completion of health and safety checks and assistance with all appropriate paperwork
  • regular visits to review the young person’s progress within the workplace and address any concerns or suggestions both you or the young person may have
  • an opportunity to evaluate and review the placement once the young person has completed it

We work closely with you, the young person and their school, and the college or training provider to ensure everyone is fully informed about the placement.

We will brief the young person before they start the placement. This will ensure they have a valuable experience. We will also assess and de-brief  the young person once they have completed their placement.

Please contact hampshire.futures@hants.gov.uk for more information.