Work experience is unpaid voluntary work that gives you valuable insights into the world of work and potential career options.

Our vision is to make Dorset a great place to live, work and visit.  To help us achieve this we’re committed to helping young people to improve their employability. We have several schemes in place that enable us to recruit, train and develop the next generation of employees.

A placement with us will provide you with engaging, informative and worthwhile work. You will gain important personal and professional skills, access to experienced people and new responsibilities.

We offer placements suitable for school students, school-leavers, undergraduates, graduates and people looking to get back into work, in a variety of service areas.

Whilst there are no entry requirements for our work experience placements, at Dorset Council the behaviours we demonstrate, the attitudes we hold and the approaches we take at work are key to the success of Dorset Council.

We recognise that our people make our organisation, which is why our behaviours were developed in partnership with our employees. Please take a look at our behaviours as these form the way we work and you will be required to demonstrate these whilst on placement with us.

Apply for work experience

Complete the online form and submit it for consideration

A Word version of the application form is also available. Work experience application form.  Once complete you can email this to

We’re proud to hold FairTrain’s gold work experience quality standard accreditation. FairTrain champions high quality work-based learning throughout the UK. This recognises our commitment and dedication to our work-based learning offer, providing high quality work experience to develop young people and our workforce for the future.

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If you have any queries relating to apprenticeships, traineeships or work experience placements, please get in touch.


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