Work experience programme - 'Open door'
We never stop pushing for more, for better. And that goes for every single person who lives in Staffordshire. That’s why we’ve developed Open Door Staffordshire, a structured work placement programme.
If you’re actively looking for work, live in Staffordshire and are over the age of 18, we can organise work experience with the council or other organisations. You’ll take on a 12-week role (with flexible days and hours), where you’ll be treated like any other employee. That means you’ll have relevant responsibilities and gain lots of useful experience in a work environment.
With on-the-job training and a dedicated mentor, you’ll build your confidence, make lots of useful contacts and have a reference for your CV. At the end of the placement, you can choose to extend for a further 12 weeks and take your development even further. And while paid employment isn’t guaranteed, you’ll find that your experience will open up lots of career opportunities.
If you’re looking for work experience to support college or university studies, you’ll need to contact the relevant departments directly.
For more information or to apply for Open Door Staffordshire, please visit: Work placement - Open Door - Staffordshire County Council
How Staffordshire County Council’s Open Door programme is helping kick start hundreds of people’s careers. The programme, introduced ten years ago helps prepare people for the world of work by offering them a twelve week work experience placement. Hear what people have to say about the programme and how it has helped change their lives.
Volunteering can make a real difference to Staffordshire’s communities and people across the county are discovering how rewarding volunteering can be. Volunteering offers the chance to meet new people, make new friends, build confidence, and develop new skills.
We have hundreds of volunteers already working across the County for both the Local Authority and for partner volunteer organisations in a variety of roles.
We believe that everyone can get involved in making Staffordshire a great place to live. Even if you don’t have much time, there are lots of small and simple things you can do to make a difference for yourself, your loved ones, and the place you live. Visit our #DoingOurBit.info website for more information and tips on how you can get involved.
Volunteering for us
If you are thinking of taking the next step and volunteering, there are a number of opportunities at Staffordshire County Council. We are currently refreshing our offer for volunteers, but in the meantime please visit our individual service areas for more information on their volunteering opportunities:
Volunteering opportunities outside of the Council
As part of our work to support communities, we have partnered with two voluntary sector organisations that specialise in working with community groups and helping people find volunteering opportunities that are right for them. If you are interested in getting involved or volunteering, please visit their websites on the links below.
Economy, Infrastructure and Skills
- Two Staffordshire companies have been recognised for their contribution to business in the 2023 King's Awards for Enterprise.
- A Staffordshire business who has benefitted from borrowing a carbon dioxide monitor to improve ventilation within their workplace, is urging others to take advantage of the free scheme.
- A Stafford school that moved into a brand-new location in 2020 has had its official opening celebration today (Wednesday).
- Staffordshire residents can play their part in minimising the spread of Covid-19 this summer, by getting fully vaccinated and taking sensible precautions.