Work experience

Work experience with the council gives you the opportunity to take part in a voluntary, unpaid work placement with a real employer.

It can be helpful if you have little or no recent work experience and the council can provide opportunities in the following areas:

  • manual work (eg catering, cleaning, horticulture, vehicle maintenance, street cleaning)
  • customer service
  • business administration (including financial services)
  • project-based (research, data)

To give you more information on the types of work placement activities within each area, see the downloadable documents below. 

The benefits

Work experience gives you the opportunity to develop a range of skills and competencies, which are valued by employers. These include: 

  • Communication skills
  • Team working
  • Customer service
  • Time management, including prioritizing workload
  • Problem solving and working on own initiative
  • Health and safety awareness
  • Equality and diversity awareness
  • Telephone skills
  • Develop existing IT skills (Windows, word processing, databases, spreadsheets)
  • Ability to work with the organisations processes and procedures, i.e. data protection and confidentiality

Work experience will also provide you with an opportunity to put into practice the skills you already have in the workplace and provide you with an opportunity to: 

  • Try something new within a supported setting
  • Opportunity to meet new people
  • Develop the key skills required by employers
  • Build your confidence
  • Update your recent work history
  • Obtain a work reference
  • Demonstrate your motivation and commitment to employers
  • Improve your chances of applying for opportunities and finding work

Recruitment pool

After completing your work experience placement with the council you will automatically be registered with Salford City Council's talent pool and receive the following support:

  • showcased to employers
  • notified of any job and apprenticeship opportunities
  • provided with access to large scale recruitment activity in the city

Financial support

Whilst you are undertaking a voluntary, unpaid work placement you're entitled to receive help with the cost of travel to and from your place of work. Arrangements will be made to issue you with a free travel pass. After four weeks attendance you will receive a £20 high street voucher and another £20 at the end of the eight week placement.

If you are claiming an out-of-work benefit (eg JSA, IB/ESA, Income Support) and are offered a work placement you are advised to inform your Jobcentre Plus adviser to ensure there is no misunderstanding regarding your benefits.

Additional support for 16 to 18 year olds

If you are a young person aged 16 to 24 years old and currently not claiming any out of work benefits, such as JSA, then you would be entitled to access the equivalent £25 per week in high street vouchers for the full eight weeks.

Young people aged 16 to 24 also have the option of accessing a traineeship. Traineeships are designed to help young people gain the knowledge, skills and experience needed to get an apprenticeship or job. They are targeted at young people who are close to being work ready but need a little more help and support.

More information

If you are interested in accessing an eight week work experience placement at Salford City Council please email or or telephone 0161 793 3447/2533.

If you are a student either from a school, college or university and are looking for a short term work experience placement as part of your studies, please contact human resources on 0161 793 2000.


We received the following feedback from residents who took part in work placements:

  • "I have gained confidence and social skills."
  • "I got a full time apprenticeship with Salford City Council."
  • "I have improved my self confidence, especially regarding to the language skill which is really important to me."
  • "I have gained full time employment."
  • "I have gained experience working with the public and started an apprenticeship."
  • "I have now secured a fixed term position within Salford City Council."
  • "I have gone from having no experience in administration to feeling confident that I would be happy in this career."
  • "Provided me with the skills, support and confidence I needed to pursue a career in conversation."

Downloadable documents


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This page was last updated on 8 December 2016

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