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Suffolk County Council

Endeavour House, 8 Russell Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP12BX

Suffolk County Council

Suffolk County Council is the administrative authority for the county of Suffolk in England. It is run by 75 elected county councillors, representing 63 divisions. The main offices are located in Ipswich, with supporting services located elsewhere across the county in local offices.

The county council is responsible for a range of services provided countywide - these include:

  • Education and learning: Supporting schools, youth services, higher education opportunities and skills for work
  • Environment: Conservation of the countryside and public access to it, waste disposal and archaeological services
  • Leisure and culture: Archives and support for arts and museums
  • Public safety: Firefighting, rescue and emergency services, safety advice
  • Social care: Care for older people who require physical or mental health support services, supporting residents with physical or learning disabilities and children and their families who need protection and support
  • Public transport and highways: Maintaining and improving Suffolk's roads, footpaths and public rights of way, road safety and public transport co-ordination
  • Business and trading standards: Enforcing fair trading laws, protecting consumers and giving advice
  • Registration: Births, marriages and deaths

Responsibilities for other services are shared between the county council and the relevant borough, district and parish council in Suffolk, including:

  • Conservation
  • Economic development and growth
  • Emergency planning
  • Museums and the arts
  • Public transport
  • Street cleaning
  • Tourism


With our commitment to Raising the Bar, we want all young people in Suffolk to be well prepared to enter work and make a successful transition from education into employment

As a local employer, we have put in place a programme of opportunities and workplace experiences for young people.

Together with our partner borough and district councils, we are continuing to develop quality placements for young people through work experience, apprenticeships, internships, industrial placements and the graduate programme.

I hope you find Rising High helpful, it has been designed and developed by young people for young people, to learn about jobs in local government and access opportunities.

Suffolk County Council employs around four thousand people across all major services.

Salaries at the county council are aligned to the Local Government Service Pay Scales and range from £13,500 to £100,361. Salaries usually start at the base level suggested for the grade of job.

Apprenticeship, Graduate and Industrial Placement opportunities are often available and balance working practices with achieving further qualifications. SCC and the districts and boroughs are committed to offering support and opportunities for young people and all come together under the banner of ‘Rising High’.

An apprentice's experience

SCC Apprentice Avianna Haynes speaks about her time working at SCC (Shown left at the Suffolk Skills Show 2015)

'My Name is Avi and I am an Apprentice Business Support Officer. My role is within the Skills Team working as part of the dedicated Apprenticeships Suffolk Young Person Service supporting young people across Suffolk.

As part of my role I attend events and go into schools to run workshops and give presentations about the opportunities an Apprenticeship can give you and how to apply for one. I find this particularly rewarding as an apprentice, using my experience to encourage others to consider it as a route to employment.

I really enjoy my role, which has not only enabled me to realise my own potential working whilst gaining my qualification, but it has offered me numerous chances to travel, network with employers, peers and councillors, and has given me the confidence to be able to voice my thoughts and opinions amongst even senior management.

In particular, working for a large local authority has allowed me to gain an insight into every aspect of the council; the different departments, services and support teams that make up the organisation and how the work of my team and myself fit in to the larger picture.

I now know there are many different pathways into jobs at Suffolk County Council such as Work Experience, Apprenticeships, Internships, Graduate Schemes and applying for Full Time Employment.

There are different roles and departments which may reflect your existing skills, knowledge and interests such as; Business Studies, Customer Service, ICT, Analysing Data, Public Services, Economy and Environment, Marketing and Social Media, Politics and Government etc. It is not just about qualification but the skills and experience you can bring with you.

And for me personally as a young person, once you are working at SCC through whichever route, your career can only develop. I am coming to the end of my apprenticeship and currently looking at further opportunities to progress within my directorate (Children and Young Persons Service) I have enjoyed my time here and am excited about progressing in the future!'

Find out more

To find out more about Suffolk County Council, including any opportunities that we may offer, use the links provided to our website and follow us here on icanbea for the latest news and updates.

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