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Work Experience opportunities with Cardiff Council

Cardiff Council’s Work Experience Programme offers individuals of any age* an opportunity to apply for an unpaid work experience placement in order to gain a better understanding of Cardiff Council - the largest Local Authority employer in Wales, and the world of work in the public sector. 


The emphasis for work experience placements is on learning with individuals observing and/or carrying out a range of tasks or duties similar to that of an employee within the workplace. 


As the largest Local Authority Employer in Wales, Cardiff Council recognises the value that gaining an experience of the world of work can offer individuals, and this is endorsed in our Educational Strategy for Schools - Cardiff 2020​ - which embeds the relationship between learning and the world of work.  As an employer of choice, Cardiff Council develops links with schools, colleges and other organisations to promote the role of the Local Authority and the exciting and varied career opportunities offered with our organisation and within the Local Government sector.


While on placement with us you will gain an understanding of how the Council operates, how the democratic process influences what we do, and the services we provide. 


Cardiff Council delivers over 700 services and employs over 13,500 employees in a wide variety of roles across many different professions, trades and other functions. 


Our work is interesting, challenging and varied.​ With service teams in: 


  • Parks 
  • Libraries
  • City Events
  • Cultural Venues (including Cardiff Castle, City Hall, The Mansion House)
  • Schools and Education Services
  • Housing
  • Connect 2 Cardiff
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Finance
  • Legal
  • Bilingual Cardiff Translation Services
  • Occupational Health
  • Planning
  • Economic Development
  • Community Hubs, Benefits and Money Advice, Into Work Teams
  • Cardiff Dogs Home
  • Neighbourhood Learning 
  • Social Care
  • Registrar Services (Births, Deaths and Marriages)
  • Traffic and Transport
  • Waste Management   


We look to offer an unpaid work experience placement to individuals who are considering a future career within Local Government, looking to gain a general introduction to the world of work, or who are perhaps looking to gain some wider professional development, or planning a career change. We also offer work experience placements to under-graduates and graduates particularly where work experience is linked to their studies.  


We ask that all employees and those individuals on placement with us work within and promote our Core Values.


How to Apply

Before making a work experience request we encourage all applicants to familiarise themselves with what we do via this website including the Residents, Business, Visiting and Your Council sections. This may enable you to identify a preferred area or team for your application for a work experience placement. We ask that you please use the form provided and that, if successful, you work with and promote our values. 


Download the Cardiff Council Work Experience Placement Request Form (172kb DOC)​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window


Applications for a work experience opportunity should be sent to HRPeopleServices@cardiff.gov.uk using the request form provided. If you wish to speak to someone before applying then please contact our HR People Services Team on 029 20 872222.  You can apply in Welsh or in English. 

Please note that unfortunately, we are not able to make any payments for the work experience undertaken or for any out of pocket expenses that may be incurred.



 *Cardiff Council’s unpaid work experience opportunities are open to all individuals from the age of 14 years living and/or studying in Cardiff and regardless of disability, gender or gender-reassignment; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief, sexual orientation or age.  We work hard to find placement opportunities for those that apply but given the very high demand of requests we receive, it is not always possible and therefore we cannot guarantee that a placement will be provided. 


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