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The Local Government Experience

Are you looking for a unique and exciting work experience event? Then look no further - the Local Government Work Experience programme could be a great opportunity for you!

What local government can offer you

There are hundreds of different job roles within local government. Local government have exciting, rewarding, and varied career opportunities waiting for you whether you're:

  • Leaving school after your GCSEs
  • Taking an apprenticeship
  • Staying in education for A-Levels or other qualifications
  • Going to university

Our unique opportunity gives you the chance to become a council employee for an entire week. 

Who, when and where


This opportunity is open to Year 10 students in Norfolk. If you're chosen, you'll be placed in a group with other students.

When and where

The opportunity is 5 days, back-to-back:

  • From Monday 24 to Friday 28 June 2024
    • At Broadland and South Norfolk District Council Offices, Horizon Centre, Broadland Business Park, Norwich
  • From Monday 8 to Friday 12 July 2024
    • At County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich

Each day runs from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

How the week will unfold

  • On Day 1, you'll learn about the important issues and services that councils offer, and the personal skills you'll develop as a local government officer
  • On Day 2, you'll experience what it's like to be part of our customer service team, interacting with residents, businesses, and visitors
  • On Day 3, you'll get a chance to experience some of our more technical roles, like planning and managing elections
  • On Day 4, you'll learn about the important part councils play in tackling global warming
  • On Day 5, we'll reflect on the week and plan for your future. You may even get to meet some of our councillors!

The application process

Before you apply

You must get permission from both your school and your parents or carers. 

When to apply

Applications are open now and may stay open until Friday 31 May 2024. 

  • There are only 32 places across the 2 weeks
  • We will look at applications as soon as we receive them and will contact students to offer positions
  • If we fill all the places before 31 May 2024, we may close the opportunity early

We recommend getting your application to us as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

How to apply

Complete a quick online survey to tell us why you should be on the programme. 

If you are selected

You will need to be able to make your own travel arrangements for the work experience. Speak to your school's career advisor if you have any issues.

We'll contact you by Friday 7 June 2024 to let you know if you have a place on our programme.

If you have any questions, you can contact the team at

This is an amazing opportunity, so don't miss out!

Information for parents or carers and teachers

This programme is taking an innovative approach to work experience by offering an immersive, face to face opportunity for Year 10 students, over 5 consecutive days. Students will remain on site throughout the week, there will be no off-site visits.

The challenge takes place in a realistic, experiential world. This means that they will not meet real life residents and customers of the council. They will however, deal with fictional case studies that are very real life.

Students will have an opportunity to experience up to nine different service areas within a typical council, taking on the duties connected to customer services, early help hubs, housing, planning, democratic services, environmental health, recycling, human resources and community development. As well as hearing about the great range of exciting early careers that are on offer at your local council.

The students will meet senior local government officers who will talk passionately about their experiences and why they love the career they chose. The students may also meet democratically elected councillors.

Please encourage your child or student to apply for this exciting opportunity!