Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s work experience programme enables students to carry out and/or observe a range of tasks or duties as an employee, but with the emphasis on learning.

All work experience participants will have the opportunity to take part, regardless of their race, ethnic origin, gender, disability, sexuality or religion.

The Council will not be required to make any payments to students; either for work undertaken, or for out of pocket expenses that may have been incurred.

The Council may reserve the right to withhold the opportunity of work experience in areas of work where a genuine occupational requirement would deem the placement inappropriate. We are unable to offer a guarantee of acceptance due to the high demand of requests that we receive.

School / College based (14-19)

The Council will work in partnership with Schools/Colleges to support work placements for students aged 14-19 years in full-time education. These placements are part of students' work-focused experiences which are essential activities within the Welsh Government’s ‘Careers and the World of Work’ framework for schools and colleges.

In supporting students across Rhondda Cynon Taf, we ensure that our placements conform to the standards set by the Welsh Government.

All Rhondda Cynon Taf Council work placements that are available to students are advertised through the Careers Wales Database. Your school/college will be able to provide you with a username and password to access this and thousands of other opportunities for your work experience week.

Please complete the Work Experience Request form for all requests for work placements within Rhondda Cynon Taf Council including Schools, Libraries and Leisure Centres and e-mail it through to our Work Experience mailbox.

If you have arranged your own placement at one of our sites, we will still require you to follow the above process. No placements will be sourced unless the request form has been completed.

University Placements

Please complete the Work Experience application form for all requests for all work placements within Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and e-mail it through to our Work Experience mailbox.

Due to the sensitivity in some work areas (e.g. Children’s Services) a Criminal Records Bureau check may be required.

Requests from non-students

Anyone can apply for a work placement with the Council, and to do so all you need to do is complete the unpaid Work Experience application form and send this by email to our Work Experience mailbox for consideration.

What happens next?

We aim to respond to all requests within three weeks. In some instances we may be unable to offer a placement, however we will endeavour to place as many applicants as possible.

If you are successful in gaining a work experience placement with the Council, in most cases you will be asked to attend an informal meeting with the manager of your placement.

This is to give you the opportunity to see your prospective workplace and find out more about the placement before you start.

It will also allow the manager of the placement to prepare an interesting and useful placement programme for you.

Frequently asked questions

Do I get paid while on work experience?

No. You do not get paid as your placement is aimed at giving you experience of the world of work and allowing you to sample as wide a range of tasks as possible under the supervision of experienced staff.

How long will my placement last?

This is down to arrangement between you and the manager of the area you will be working in but usually placements do not last longer than six months.

What hours and days will I be expected to work?

This is for you and the manager to negotiate.

Will my lunch be provided?

No. You will be expected to provide your own lunch. The facilities depend on where you work. Some work places have a canteen, a microwave or drinks machine. Some have shops nearby and others will require you to bring a packed lunch.

What sort of clothes should I wear?

Your dress and appearance must meet our customer care standards. It should be appropriate to the nature of your work and should be clean, smart and in good condition. If personal protective clothing is required for your placement, this will be discussed with you prior to you starting.

Am I insured while on placement with Rhondda Cynon Taf Council?

Yes. All candidates on placement are insured just as all other employees. However, you still have a responsibility for behaving in a safe and sensible manner.

What do I get out of my work experience?

You will learn new skills and gain new experience in the world of work.

For example:

  • working in a team
  • going to team meetings
  • information and Communication Technology, including use of computers, email, internet
  • telephone answering and customer care skills
  • taking responsibility and managing your time and workload

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