Work Experience - Salford Council
Work experience placement
Last year over 100 Salford residents went through the council's voluntary, unpaid eight-week work experience programme, many of whom progressed into sustained, paid work.
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.
Work experience gives you the opportunity to develop a range of generic and transferrable skills and competencies, which are valued by employers. These include:
- communication skills
- team working
- customer service
- telephone skills
- time management
- problem solving
- Develop existing IT skills (eg Windows, word processing, databases, spreadsheets)
- health and safety training
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:
- gain real life work experience
- build your confidence
- add recent work history to your CV
- obtain a work reference
- demonstrate your commitment to employers by taking the initiative to improve your skills and your chances of finding work
- improve your chances of applying for opportunities and finding work
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
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 aged 16 to 18 years old you could be eligible for pre-employment support prior to accessing a work placement via Rathbone or Salford City College. These programmes are designed to help you develop your employability skills and qualifications in your chosen vocational area.
You may also be eligible for a training allowance of between £40 and £50 per week (but if you are claiming benefits you will need to check with your JCP adviser as this could affect your benefits).