First step on career ladder

Hundreds of people are getting their foot on the career ladder with help from a work experience programme delivered by Staffordshire County Council.
The Open Door programme, which was introduced in 2009, helps prepare people for the world of work by offering them a 12-week work experience placement. More than 1,100 people from across the county have already benefited from the programme.
The scheme provides work placements within council departments and external organisations depending on the candidates preferred area of work. During the placement people get valuable work experience which they can put on their CV, a reference from their manager, as well as access to certain training courses. People also get the opportunity to apply for any internally advertised jobs with the council.
Tony Baines, assistant director for skills and employability at Staffordshire County Council said: “Our Open Door programme offers people a voluntary work experience placement within a wide variety of job roles and since launching has already helped over 1,100 people, many of whom have gone into paid employment.
“The programme is available to anyone over 18 and focuses on helping people who face difficulties and barriers in finding work. This could include people with disabilities, mental health issues, ex-offenders, children leaving care, school leavers, and graduates.”
For more information, call 01785 854486 or email

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