Work Experience Placement Program

Gain valuable work place experience that may assist in securing future employment.

All experience counts

We acknowledge the advantages of participating in work experience or work placement programs. Our program allows participants to gain real life experience by working for an employer on a voluntary basis while still at school, studying a tertiary education course, or bridging skills for overseas qualified professionals.

Work experience or work placement assists participants in securing paid full-time employment and benefits the community by encouraging people to seek employment locally. The program also strengthens our relationships with participating organisations, educational institutions and individuals.

Our program deals with work experience/placements from the following organisations:

  • Universities
  • TAFE
  • Schools
  • Disability Units of Employment Agencies
  • Rehabilitation Providers
  • The wider community
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Other

What is the difference between work experience and work placement?

Work experience is unpaid on-the-job training for the purpose of gaining the necessary skills and experience to enter the workforce.

Work placement is where an individual is a student studying recognised vocational courses and is coming to us to enhance the skills they learned in the classroom. This applies to those undertaking secondary or tertiary study.

We welcome all work experience or work placement requests.


  • The period of work experience/placement for any one participant is negotiable - depending on the needs and ability of both the participant and the section.
  • There is usually only one program available at any one time within each department of Council.
  • Work experience/placement requests will be considered in the order that they are received, unless organised through specific and ongoing programs.
  • Work experience/placement requests from individuals who are connected with a university, school, TAFE, disability unit of an employment agency, migrant unit of an employment agency or a rehabilitation provider must provide insurance documentation from their institution to be considered.
  • Any request for work experience/placement which is outside of a learning institute also requires a form of insurance documentation. This may include self-funded insurance/indemnity documentation.
  • Where an individual requires any reasonable adjustments to undertake their work experience/placement with us, this can be discussed and negotiated with the individual, agency and our HR team.
  • Council’s work experience/placement program closes during the months of December to January each year
  • Applicants are required to provide 4 weeks’ notice of their placement request and last-minute applications are not able to be accepted.


In order to determine an applicant’s suitability, please complete the work experience application form.

Applications will need to include:

  • a resume outlining your qualifications, skills and experience.
  • your institution's insurance/indemnity or self-funded insurance/indemnity documentation
  • COVID-19 vaccination

COVID-19 vaccination requirements

Cumberland City Council has a COVID-19 Vaccination Procedure, which requires all workers (including work experience/placement students) to have received the full recommended dosage of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment.

Further information

For further information, call Customer Service on 02 8757 9000 between 8am and 4.30pm weekdays.