Councils to give students a taste of working life in public sector

Lisa Chambers is backing the internship scheme.

Lisa Chambers is backing the internship scheme. - Credit: Archant

An innovative scheme to give graduates and undergraduates a taste of working for a Suffolk local authority is being launched

More than 20 paid internships are being created across Suffolk’s local authorities during the summer – and students have until the end of January to apply for a place.

The internship programme is designed to encourage young people to take up careers in the public sector and to provide paid opportunities for undergraduates or graduates to experience working for local government during their summer break from university.

The county is also creating two paid 12-month industrial placements are also available, putting the successful candidate at the forefront of innovative and exciting developments in waste management and economic development and skills policy.

Lisa Chambers, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for education and skills, said: “As part of our commitment to Raising the Bar, I want all young people in Suffolk to be well prepared to enter the workplace and make a successful transition from education into sustainable employment.

“As an employer, the county council can support this ambition, by putting in place a programme of opportunities and workplace experiences for young people that is of exemplar practice.

“This means that, with our partner councils, we are looking at ways of making local government attractive to young people and position ourselves as employers of choice.”

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Details of the internship opportunities can be found on the new Rising High website via:

The internships will start in the summer of 2015. The closing date for applications is Friday 30 January 2015.