North East Lincolnshire Council

Help finding a job

Information and advice if you’re looking for a job or a career change. See jobs available at the council on our Vacancies list.

14 – 19 work experience

Apprenticeships and work placements

North East Lincolnshire Council offers a variety of apprenticeship opportunities for people who have left education in the last three years. We offer paid employment, workplace training and learning to help you gain new skills, qualifications and most importantly a first step towards a career.

Apprenticeships offer an ‘earn while you learn’ scheme that has proven benefits to all attendees that allows people to gain new personal skills that will further your career as well as earn a wage.

Want to apply? Contact the Community Learning Services Team for further information on email or telephone 01472 324591.

Direct Gov – information about apprenticeships

Work experience placements

We provide work experience placements for students wanting to learn more about what happens in their local area, what the council does and the future of North East Lincolnshire.

Find learning and training opportunities

Catch centre
Unique industrial training facility.

Grimsby Institute
Offers a vast array of training options include Further and Higher Education choices offering apprenticeships, community provision, business training, work based training and commercial activities.

Learning and training opportunities in North East Lincolnshire.

Find a new job

GI Group
Recruitment in industrial, engineering, commercial, technical, driving, catering and hospitality.

Grimsby Telegraph
Search for jobs that combines local and regional online recruitment.

Humber Recruitment
Local recruitment & training specialising in Renewables, Engineering, Logistics, Manufacturing & Commercial sectors.

NHS Jobs
Recruitment for Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust.

Looking for a job? You will find on neuvoo jobs by region.

Ragged Edge
Recruitment in shipping, logistics, ports, freight, freight forwarding and transport and logistics.

Vacancies from over 8,000 recruiters.

Recruiting for jobs in Grimsby and Cleethorpes.

Universal Job Match
An agency for the government’s Department Work and Pensions.

Find learning and training opportunities

Catch centre
Unique industrial training facility.

Grimsby Institute
Offers a vast array of training options include Further and Higher Education choices offering apprenticeships, community provision, business training, work based training and commercial activities.

Learning and training opportunities in North East Lincolnshire.

Find out about higher education on Lincs2.

We recognise how hard it is to get a job when you have little or no experience. To find any current opportunities for graduates available at North East Lincolnshire Council go to our job vacancies list. We also provide details of all graduate opportunities directly to universities.

For advice and information on applying for a job, writing your CV and preparing for an interview:

Help and advice with job applications

Helping you into work

If you have a disability and would like some further advice or information about looking for work, the disability or declaring a disability, please visit:-

Disability friendly employers

Declaring a disability

Disability employment advisers

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North East Lincolnshire Council in partnership with the Linkage College offer work based placement opportunities.

Linkage Community Trust
Linkage’s vision: A society in which people with disabilities can realise their full potential and live as independently as their abilities and disabilities allow.

Work based placements are set up to be one day per week and are intended to be ongoing; but at the very least 12 weeks in length.


You have an interview! Congratulations! You are over the first hurdle and now have the chance to really sell yourself as a person, enhancing what you wrote on your application form.

Most people feel nervous about interviews and a little daunted about the process. Unfortunately it can sometimes affect how you perform on the day so the following information will hopefully provide you with some advice about how interviews work, what is involved and some tips to help you prepare.

Initial preparation

It can sometimes be helpful to plan out how you are going to prepare for an interview. This will help you to even out your ‘study time’ so you don’t end up cramming into the early hours the day before. The following is a checklist of things you may want to consider doing to prepare for your interview:

  1. Re-read your copy of the application form and be prepared to expand on some of the issues you have highlighted; for example, you might be asked to talk about your role on specific projects you referred to
  2. Re-read the person specification and job description for the post and think very carefully about how your skills and experience match the requirements of the post
  3. Think about examples that you could give which could clearly demonstrate your skills and competence. This might be how you dealt with a particularly troublesome person, how you set up an administrative system (manual or computerised), how you solved a difficult problem or gained new business through use of your initiative etc
  4. Do some research! Familiarise yourself with the Council. There is a lot of information on the Council’s website. There may also be other websites where you can find useful information; use a good internet search engine to have a look around. The depth of the research you need to do will depend on the job; remember if you are being interviewed for a position as a Caretaker in a school you will not be expected to know all the major issues the Council will be facing over the next 12 months. The job description should give you an idea of how much you will need to know.

Interview methods

There are several different ways that your competence for a position may be tested at interview. You will generally be expected to answer a set of questions, normally relating to the criteria listed on the person specification you were provided with. Your interview letter should tell you if you will be expected to do any more than this. Examples of some of the testing methods involved in interviews are as follows:


The questions that the interview panel ask will normally be related to the criteria within the person specification for the job you have applied for. However, this might be extended to draw out more information about you and your experience and how you might handle certain situations that may arise. There are three types of questions that you may be asked:

Closed questions

Questions that only allow a one word answer, usually yes or no. These are not common in interviews because they do not bring out more than the basic answers; they are used more for clarification purposes.

Open questions

These usually start with ‘what’, ‘when’, ‘where’, ‘how’ and ‘why’ and are inviting you to talk in depth about the subject matter involved. You may need to take a moment to think about your answers to these questions so you can explain ‘what’ you did and ‘why’ you did it, making sure that you actually answer the question without digressing. Examples of these types of questions are: What skills/knowledge/personal qualities can you bring to this job? How would you prioritise your work? What experience of supervising staff have you had to date?

Scenario based questions

This type of question can be taken one step further and you may be asked a scenario based question. This is when the panel will give you an invented situation e.g. “Mrs Smith has telephoned customer services this morning to say that her bins have not been collected again. Your supervisor is not available and Mrs Smith is very angry and would like you to tell her when her bin will be emptied now and not call her back”. You may then be asked several questions relating to this such as – How would you respond in this situation? What might you say to this customer? How do you think you could resolve this problem? These questions can often take a lot of thought and if you need to take some time to ensure you have understood the situation, ask the panel to repeat the scenario so you can relate the question to it.

Have a look at the person specification and think about some of the questions you might be asked to let you draw out all the relevant experience/skills you have.


You might be asked to give a presentation as part of your interview. These are usually quite time restricted so if you are given a time to work to eg. a 10 minute presentation, make sure you practise your timing – it is likely that you will be marked on whether or not you can deliver in the time requested. Your presentation subject will usually be given to you in your interview letter. It is advised that you check what equipment is available first; do not assume there will be a computer or an over head projector. To be safe, bring a copy on computer disk and a copy on acetates; if there are any technical hitches on the day, you will be prepared. It is also good practice to bring a copy of your presentation for each panel member; not only is this professional but it will also remind them of what you said.

Written tests

You may be asked to undertake a written test when you arrive for your interview; you are not always given warning in advance about these. You could be asked to write a report for the management team or prepare a proposal for a new service launch. You will normally be given a scenario first to base your written work on.

In-tray tests / IT tests

These tests are quite common with clerical and administrative positions. You will generally be given a set of documents and be asked to prioritise them based on the nature and deadlines that come with each one. Once you have prioritised you may then be asked to action or complete the work on the document. This might be typing a letter, inputting data into a spreadsheet, organising a database into alphabetical order etc. There are several areas here that you will be marked on, timing and accuracy are the main elements. You will need to demonstrate that you can work at an efficient and effective pace so ensure that you read your instructions carefully and if you finish early, proof check everything! The spell checker will not pick up common typing errors such as mixing up ‘of’ and ‘off’.

Ability tests

These are usually given to test a specific skill or ability such as numeracy for finance related jobs. They can also go more in-depth into areas such as psychometric testing. Psychometric assessments give a better understanding of candidates’ potential, and can help individuals develop and align their skills to match the demands of specific jobs. The results give an objective indication of an individual’s ability, aptitude and potential for acquiring specific skills.

Group exercises

These exercises require candidates to work together to make decisions about scenarios. You may have assigned group roles or non-assigned group roles. There are a number of different formats for group exercises including leaderless group discussions, construction tasks and survival task discussions. Group exercises are an effective way of assessing a number of different abilities in one exercise.

Role plays – one to one

These exercises involve you working with a role player/actor and assess your ability to interact with another person. The simulations reflect the role applied for and are specific to the post. You may be asked to deal with a phone call, visit, meeting from a dissatisfied customer or member of staff. These exercises also allow a number of different abilities to be assessed in one exercise.

Attending the interview

Now you have done all your preparation and you are ready and raring to go here are a few final tips to help see you through your interview:

  • Plan what you are going to wear the night before
  • Always plan to arrive 15 minutes early – this will give you extra time if you are delayed but if you arrive too early, take a walk around the block to relax before you go in
  • Remember to bring any necessary paperwork with you such as exam certificates, portfolio, copies of presentations etc
  • When you are called through for your interview ask for a glass of water; stress and anxiety can cause you to have a dry mouth so you may need some refreshment, especially if you are giving a presentation
  • You may be asked at the end of the interview “is there anything you would like to ask the panel”? This is your chance to ask any questions that haven’t been answered for you so far relating to the job or main duties/responsibilities

Good luck!