Adult internships on offer at Wakefield Council

Wakefield Council’s free employment and skills advice service, STEP UP, is offering adult internships for residents looking to gain confidence and experience to get back into employment.

Adult internships are designed to give unemployed residents over 25-years-old 13 week’s paid work experience within Council roles.

They’re 30 hours a week and will give people the confidence and experience to be able to apply for future roles within the Council, and with other employers.

Darren Byford smiling
Cllr Darren Byford

STEP UP has already placed five interns with different departments, including Buildings and Security, Corporate Communications, HR and Children and Young People’s Services – and there’s an additional 18 spaces left to fill. 

Cllr Darren Byford, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Regeneration and Property, said: “We know that getting back into work can be a daunting task so the opportunity to learn and gain work experience, whilst getting paid, can give people a real confidence boost.

“The interns we have already taken on have been a real asset to the teams they have joined, who can’t speak highly enough of them.

“There are many and varied roles within the Council, so for anyone who thinks this type of work experience might benefit them, please get in touch with the team.”

The funding for this initiative has been allocated by West Yorkshire Combined Authority, as a direct result of the £1.8 billion devolution deal for West Yorkshire.

For more information, please contact STEP UP on 01924 303 334 or email