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Students and college leavers

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We’re here to help you be your best, whether you've always been a BANES resident, or have moved to this area to complete a course of study. This could mean exploring your career goals by talking to someone at the council, getting work experience or applying for an internship or apprenticeship. Or you could apply for a graduate entry job with us - where a degree level qualification is essential and where you will be given support and encouragement to gain further qualifications, as you continue to develop your career with the Council. 

College and university leavers

If you've recently completed your course of study at one of the Bath or Bristol universities and colleges, and would love to stay in our area and give back to the local community, then a career with the council is an excellent place to start. Why not meet a few of our team, to find out more about what it's like to work here?

Check out your institution's dedicated careers service, which will have many resources to support you into employment, and may already have established contacts with us:

University of Bath

Bath Spa University

Bath College

University of Bristol

University of the West of England

City of Bristol College

Considering your next move?

If you're not sure whether to go on to further study, or enter the world of work, it's worth exploring your options at the age of 18, and checking out this guide from UCAS

We've also put together some great support for jobseekers, covering everything from exploring what different sorts of careers really involve to application and interview technique. 

Ways into work with B&NES

As well as a wide variety of graduate-entry jobs, we as a council can offer lots of other ways into employment, and further training, via work experience schemes, internships or apprenticeships. 

Work experience placements 

We are able to offer a number of work experience opportunities at B&NES and although we don’t have a formal scheme or intake, we welcome enquiries from students looking to help build the practical experience elements of their CV. We offer a wide variety of work experience placements, which are usually related to your course of study and will help you to find out more about a possible career. The arrangements are usually unpaid and short-term (for 1 to 2 weeks, or for 1 or 2 days a week, over a period of few weeks).
Alternatively, you can request a short period of work shadowing, where you will spend time observing a member of our staff at work, or a particular service team, to find out what they do on a daily basis, and what the job is all about. 
We occasionally also offer paid work experience for longer periods of time (up to one year). This can be working on a project or specific one-off pieces of work, or working in an entry level role designed to support your further development in a particular professional career, for example, Building Surveying. 

For more information about work experience placements with us, please speak to your college careers advisor.

Student internships

We offer a wide variety of paid student internships, which form a part of a course of study. Read more about Khadeeja, Sheryl and Siân, pictured above, who have worked as B&NES interns while studying at Bath Spa University.

Recently, our internships have included working in the areas below, but the programme is expanding all the time.

•    Social Media

•    Public Protection and Environmental Health

•    Community Safety (Erasmus funding for European Students) 

•    Property and Project Delivery – Building Surveying

•    The Fashion Museum in Bath

•    Heritage Landscapes

We always advertise these internships, either at our local universities and colleges, or one of the Graduate Talent Pool Recruitment sites. If you are currently studying and want to know more, please contact your institution's careers advisor or internship co-ordinator.


We offer a wide range of apprenticeship opportunities. An apprenticeship combines learning with paid employment, and isn’t restricted to recent school or college leavers. Anyone can do an apprenticeship with us and the scheme provides an opportunity to gain professional certification or qualifications up to Masters Degree level, without having to pay the fees. Find out more on our own website page

We advertise all of our apprenticeship vacancies, both on this website and with local training providers and colleges.

To make sure you don't miss an opportunity, you should register with us to get an alert for suitable vacancies. Check out the National Apprenticeship Service too, and browse their list of vacancies.

Graduate vacancies

We recommend these jobs sites for finding graduate entry level posts:

General areas
Target Jobs

Finance and other professions
Inside Careers

Humanities and Social Science related careers
The Guardian Jobs section

Search for B&NES jobs