Work experience opportunities

Work experience

We’re a small and ambitious Council serving over 80,000 residents, offering a wide range of public services.

A work experience placement with us will provide you with an opportunity to gain and improve important skills required for your future career at work. It also gives you an insight into the types of work available in local government.

Most of our placements will be based in the Council Offices in Oxted, where you'll spend time supporting the work of a small and friendly team. Your day to day duties could include checking and replying to e-mails, answering the telephone, monitoring post, preparing documents, filing or research. You may also shadow members of the team and assist them with their day to day work, or you could accompany a member of the team to a meeting or an event.

Work experience placements usually last for one week.

During your work experience with us you'll learn how the Council operates and the services we provide. Our key areas are:

Support Services
Support Services provide professional and efficient support and advice to people working for the Council to help them improve performance and deliver the Council’s ambitions. Within Support Services we have:

  • IT - this team provides IT services across the Council and helps to ensure our IT systems run smoothly and efficiently.
  • Legal - this team provides advice on legal matters affecting the work that the Council does.
  • Human Resources - this team supports people working for the Council and helps to recruit new staff.
  • Democratic Services - this team arranges meetings of the Council's Committees and support Councillors in their work.
  • Asset Management - this team helps to support and shape the strategy for managing public assets to achieve value for money.
  • Policy, Projects and Performance - this team helps to deliver planned services and projects. The team also has a role in managing and reporting the Council's performance.
  • Strategy - this team provides services covering house naming and numbering, collection of payments required under planning law and land charge searches.
  • Communications – our Communications team manages and sets the tone of the Council’s communications. It advises council staff on the best way to tell residents about our work, produces publications in both print and for our website and works closely with journalists so local media can report on our work. The team also manages our website and social media channels, ensuring residents have up to date information on everything we do that affects them.
  • Finance - this team works to ensure that the Council complies with finance laws and regulations, sets budgets and provides advice on financial management.


  • Customer Services -  the Customer Services team provides a professional and efficient service to our residents and Councillors. The team  has a broad range of skills and a detailed knowledge of council services to support residents and enable them to access our services. 
  • Case Services - Regulatory (including Planning) – this team provides services to help protect the public, the environment, homes and our communities.
  • Resident Support – this team supports our more vulnerable residents who may need higher levels of support, such as with housing or benefits.
  • Business and Income –this team collects income for the council and helps support local businesses.


  • Building Control - this team carries out checks on building work in our area to make sure it meets with the current building codes and regulations.
  • Operational Services – this team provides services including repairing Council owned properties, cleaning our streets, parks and open spaces and licensing taxi drivers.
  • Locality Services - our Locality Services team has officers out in the community, acting as ambassadors for the Council, by providing information and technical support on issues like fly tipping and carries out site visits and inspections. 

We’re looking for people who are keen to learn and are willing to get stuck in and try new things. A polite and friendly personality is essential and we're particularly interested in applications from those looking to pursue a career in Local or Central Government.

Work experience placements are for students living and/or studying in our area. We work hard to find placement opportunities for as many students as we can but, given the high number of requests we receive, it isn't always possible and therefore we can't guarantee a placement will be provided for everyone. 

If you're interested and, before applying for a work experience placement, please familiarise yourself with what we do. This will enable you to identify a preferred area or team for your application for a work experience placement.

We give placements to students who best demonstrate on their application form their interest in the type of work they'll be doing. The application form includes a few questions which will enable you to outline your interest in a particular area of work that we do. Try to give as much information as possible.

To complete the form, please download/save the application form to your computer and open the file from your desktop. Please complete and submit the form. 

Please note, the application form must be completed by the person requesting the placement.

Once you have submitted your application form, we will talk to our managers to see if they have a placement available that suits you. If your application is successful, we will contact you to invite you for an informal interview.

While you’re with us, you’ll be working alongside experienced staff who are carrying out their job, so you’ll be expected to make a contribution to that work. We want to make our placements as beneficial as possible for you, so you’ll be working on real projects and undertaking real tasks. We will also expect you to:

  • Follow all the council rules and procedures that will be given in your induction, paying particular attention to all aspects of health and safety.
  • Accept responsibility for your learning and ask for help if you are unsure about anything relating to your placement or tasks you are being given.
  • Follow reasonable instructions from the people you'll be working with.
  • Attend work at the agreed times for the duration of your placement.
  • Your dress and appearance must be suitable for work. If your application is successful, we'll confirm what is expected on the confirmation letter.
  • Above all be motivated to achieve – after all this is your opportunity to show us what you can do!

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