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Work experience

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Work experience scheme is an unpaid placement designed to give citizens real-world work experience at the largest local authority in Wales.

You do not need to live in Cardiff but must be over 14 to apply for a placement with us.

From college and University students to people who want a career change, our goal is to create fair, open and inclusive opportunities to all regardless of age, sex, gender, religion, disability, or any other personal circumstances.

This is an unpaid work experience placement. You will need to cover your own expenses.

Some placements are remote, and you need a device connected to the internet.

We do our best to try and provide a placement that meets your personal needs and aspirations.

On your placement with us, you can expect to develop:

  • skills, knowledge and confidence, and
  • experience in your field of interest.

The placement may also support other areas of your life, such as your studies and career goals.
You will also get a better understanding of the city you live in, and how your council and its services work.

Your work experience placement with us

As the largest local authority in Wales, Cardiff Council is responsible for over 700 different services to citizens, visitors, and businesses across Cardiff.

Some examples of placements you can do with us are:

  • ‘Meet the expert’ session with an officer to chat one-to-one about a role you aspire to. 
  • Work shadowing for up to 3 days of training tasks and activities, or a series of one-to-one meetings with team members.
  • Short-term work experience placement taking on activities and tasks for between 4 and 10 days.
  • Extended work experience placement working on a particular activity, skill or project linked to your studies or career goals, usually no longer than 30 days.


There are over 150 roles across our teams to provide around 700 services in Cardiff. These are some areas you can request experience in:
  • ​Children’s and Adult’s Social Services
  • Construction, Major Projects, Housing and Planning  
  • Community Hubs, Benefits and Money advice, Into Work Teams
  • Customer Services and Business Support
  • Digital Services and Information Technology, Hardware and Software Engineering
  • Data Analytics
  • Environment, Horticulture, Parks and Wildlife Conservation
  • Education, Schools, and Early Years Support
  • Disability Services and Independent Living Services
  • Economic Development and Inward Investment
  • Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
  • Events, Culture, Sport and Leisure Activities
  • Law, Procurement and Human Resources
  • Insurance, Risk, Finance and Accountancy
  • Housing, Repairs and Homelessness Services
  • Horse-riding Centre and Cardiff Dogs Home
  • Traffic and Transport Planning, and Waste Management  
  • Welsh Translation Services


Apply for work experience

Although we do our best, it’s unfortunately not always possible to find a placement for everyone due to a high demand.

Apply for work experience

Once we review your application, we will try and find a placement for you before contacting you.

If you have any questions, please email​.

All your information is safe and confidential in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)​. Learn more on Privacy Notice, and Data Protection and our Young Person’s Guide to GDPR​.

Partnering with educational organisations

As part of our Cardiff Commitment and Cardiff 2030 (3.1mbs PDF), we are working to build a stronger relationship between education and employment.

We aspire to connect with educational and third sector organisations to provide young people with valuable work experience that helps them get the best start in life.

Contact us if you want us to come and talk to your students, service users or customers about local government apprentice, trainee and graduate careers. 

Contact us

For more information and support, call HR on 029 2087 2222 or email​.
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