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St Edmundsbury Borough Council

West Suffolk House, Western Way, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3YU

About us

The West Suffolk councils are two extremely ambitious and energetic local authorities, St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Forrest Heath District Council, with a combined workforce of over 600 employees. Far from any preconceptions you may have, West Suffolk councils are a forward thinking and an innovative place to work, able to offer young people with experience, skills and work based learning.

West Suffolk are eager to help young people pursue their desired career. With the potential to partake in work experience, apprenticeships, internships and graduate schemes in a range of services - there is opportunity available for any individual.

Our departments cover:

Young people in action

Work Experience

Work experience at West Suffolk is available all year round in a variety of services. During your placement at West Suffolk we give you a morning induction, ensure you are introduced to your team and on completion, a work experience certificate to use for the future.

Visit Rising High's work experience page to find out where and how to apply.


Apprenticeships are a great way of starting out on a career with many working in the public sector. They provide on-the-job training and work experience for young people leading to NVQ qualifications.

The council recruit apprentices throughout the year, aiming to target school leavers during the summer and at the start of September.

See what we have to offer and our current apprentice vacancies on our website.

Current Job Vacancies

For more information on apprenticeships at West Suffolk visit Get in & Get on, our internal apprentice website where you can find information, vacancies, how to apply and advice for parents.


The Internship Programme is part of the Raising the Bar - Exemplar Employer work. Councils in Suffolk are working together to create opportunities for young people. Each year, the internship programme gives undergraduates the best possible work experience, enabling them to develop employability skills. It attracts young people to work in Suffolk, and give them an understanding of career choices in Local Government.

There are 24 Internship Placements available across Suffolk.

Placements are available at:

  • Suffolk County Council
  • West Suffolk District Council
  • Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils
  • Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council

Read about the interns for 2017:

Rising High in Suffolk - Internship profiles

Graduate Schemes

The Suffolk Graduate Partnership is a collaboration of 8 public sector organisations including several councils and the Police aiming to develop future leadership potential across the Suffolk system.

Apprentiships - Get in and get on with West Suffolk

Ian Gallin- Chief Executive

"As chief executive of Forest Heath District and St Edmundsbury Borough Councils, I am a passionate believer in apprentices - I started my career as one.

Apprenticeships are about developing your key skills. Our two councils, (operating under the banner of West Suffolk), have a strong track record for developing apprentices and an award winning scheme. You will earn as you learn and boost your career progression, whether you stay in the public sector or not.

Starting as an apprentice was a kick start to my career. That valuable experience gave me a significant advantage in gaining my first job. An apprenticeship with us could do the same for you."

Case Study

Ben Mannell - Trainee Business Advisor (Finance)

Ben came straight from finishing his GCSE exams into an apprenticeship in Finance - he didn’t even have his results when he started!

He completed a Level 2 apprenticeship in Finance which involved four days a week on the job and one day at college. He quickly progressed to the Level 3 apprenticeship, obtaining the AAT Level 3 qualification supported by college. Ben was then offered the post of Trainee Business Advisor and he is currently working towards his AAT Level 4 qualification.

“The Apprenticeship has been a great introduction to the world of work. I have built my confidence and my understanding of how organisations work. It has opened up my horizons to all the different opportunities that are available to me at work. My ambition is to carry on learning and become a Chartered Accountant.”

More Information

Go to our website and see videos and stories of other apprentices who have worked and progressed with us and see how an apprenticeship with West Suffolk could be your route to success.

West Suffolk Apprentice Website

Why not come and do work experience with us and have a taster to see if local government is for you – click for work experience opportunities
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