Work experience

Please note: we accept work experience students from Reading Borough Schools and Colleges only.

What is work experience?

Work experience is when someone, usually a student or young person, spends time working at a job to learn what it’s like. It helps them understand what different jobs involve, learn new skills and decide what kind of work they might want to do in the future.

group photo of work experience students
group photo of work experience students

Work experience with the council

Reading Borough Council are committed to supporting the personal and social development of local young people. We recognise that work experience gives young people the chance to learn and prepare for working life. We run three work experience programmes each year, usually in February, May and July.

There are many benefits of doing work experience with the council. These include:

  • learning new skills and developing existing ones
  • improving your employability by adding details of your experience to your CV
  • building confidence, speaking with colleagues and handling real tasks
  • learning about career path options and which ones appeal to you

On your placement with us, you will:

  • work on real projects with mentors
  • see what it’s like to work at the council and learn what we do
  • engage in activities designed to help you learn new skills and feel inspired

Apply for work experience

We work directly with schools and colleges to arrange attendance from students. If you would like your school to take part please email

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Last updated on 14/06/2024