The Work Placement Service supports unpaid placement requests within Bradford Council for people living in the District. We cannot arrange paid placement experience requests.
Each year the placement service arranges high volumes of placement requests.
Placements are arranged for pre 16 (year 10/11 students) and post 16 (any other placement) with Bradford Council.
We are not able to provide placements in retail, manufacturing and trades such as joinery, plumbing or electrical work.
The work placement service does not deal with requests for the above areas. All paid work, job vacancies, traineeships and apprenticeships that are currently available within the Council are advertised in the Telegraph and Argus and on the Council vacancy website.
Please note: You will be referred onto the Telegraph and Argus and Council websites if you contact the work placement service as we cannot support requests for the above.
We try very hard to accommodate requests but the procedures below must be followed:
School placement requests for year 10/11 students must go through Xperience.
Independent schools must liaise with Xperience.
Please do not contact the Work Placement Service directly to arrange individual Pre 16 placements, as requests must be received from Xperience/School Co-ordinators. You will be referred back to your appropriate co-ordinator.
To request a post 16 placement a pro-forma must be completed and a detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) provided to outline the specific experience required for the placement, stating what contribution the individual can also make to the department in terms of knowledge and experience. The pro-forma and CV should be returned by email.
*Please also state if you are on a training course with a local training provider and need specific experience to support G/NVQs etc.
Bradford Council receives a high demand for placement requests from schools and other organisations and it is not always feasible to host all placement requests. To assist the team in placing work placements within the Council, the pro-forma and CV should be sent to the team 3 weeks before the placement request start date. Placement requests received at short notice cannot be accommodated.
Yes and there is a centrally administered placement service hosted in the Human Resources, Organisation & Workforce Development Team to co-ordinate them. The Council’s policy is to actively support young people through providing placement opportunities wherever and whenever possible.
No – only unpaid placements can be provided.
The Work Placement team cannot offer traineeships or apprenticeships. When opportunities arise for these types of areas they are advertised on the Council’s Website and in the Telegraph and Argus.
The transfer of the Council’s Former Housing stock to Incommunities means that the Council no longer employs high volumes of plumbers, electricians etc as part of its workforce, and can no longer offer apprenticeships in these areas.
No - These are most conveniently split into pre and post 16. Pre 16 it is government policy that all young people in school should have “meaningful experience of work” from age 14.
Post 16 there are a range of potential placements requests from schools, colleges, universities and training providers to provide occupational experience for older candidates seeking a career.
No – if the school does not have independent status then it has to go through Xperience as they are contracted to ensure that Health and Safety and Risk Assessments have been completed before a placement can occur. If the school is independent than the request has to come from the School Placement Officer in liaison with Xperience for the Risk Assessment to be completed.
You will need to complete the application form and attach a detailed CV outlining the specific experience that you are seeking and stating what you can contribute to the placement in terms of knowledge and experience.
The request should be made at least three weeks in advance of the intended start date to allow the placement host to plan a work programme for the individual and to arrange their supervision. In some cases there will be pre set work programmes available.
No - Placements can be requested by many different individuals for all sorts of reasons. We get requests from universities for under or post graduate work experience, also training providers are keen to obtain placement experience for career changers who can be middle aged or older, it's not just young people of school age.
The Central Placement Service tries to establish in advance if the individual is trying to obtain specific experience in support of a school or college based course. Any information we receive will be forwarded to help the placement host to establish a work programme for the placee. At Pre 16, the placement is essentially about general experience of the world of work and is not specifically intended to be a career taster.