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Student job hunters have three months to show council what they can do

PUBLISHED: 16:09 21 January 2014 | UPDATED: 16:09 21 January 2014

Endeavour House

Endeavour House

Students and recent undergraduates are being wooed by council chiefs in Suffolk as part of an intership programme.

More than 20 internship placements are available in councils across Suffolk, as part of a 12 week paid work placement.

Suffolk County Council said interns work on challenging projects which are of real value to the organisation and are offered responsibilities which enable them to develop key employability skills.

Placements are availalbe at Endeavour House, Ipswich and within district councils within office bases in Hadleigh, Needham Market, Lowestoft, Mildenhall and Bury St Edmunds. Placements sit within a broad range of services from Waste Management, Health and Safety and Social Care. Roles include working directly with senior management teams and engaging with local communities.

All interns have the opportunity to access a coach and buddy system during the programme. There are various opportunities during the placement to further understand the organisation and develop work based skills through group activities outside of the job role.

Lisa Chambers, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for education, skills and young people, 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.

Candidates have until January 28 to apply for a plae. To apply go to www.risinghighsuffolk.org.uk/internships.

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