Graduate Development Programme

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Our graduate development programme aims to be different. We’re looking for exceptional individuals with the talent and potential to be our leaders of the future.

Who are we looking for

We want to find a group of people who share our values….Trust, Unity and Progress. You’ll live these values and take responsibility for being the best you can be. If you have the drive and commitment to make a real difference to the work we’re doing in our communities and you show us this, then we’ll help you reach your full potential.

You’ll need to have, or expect, at least a 2:1 degree.

What will you do

You’ll take the opportunity we’re giving you and you’ll make it your own. Because that’s what this programme is about; it’s about you. We’ll create a role for you based on the talent and potential you bring, with opportunities across the council. You’ll be given real responsibilities, with real challenges and a real chance to grow.

Whats on offer

We’re offering a fully supported programme with quality training and fully funded qualifications. You’ll have the opportunity to work and learn from experts in their field and by the end of your two years you’ll be ready to progress into a permanent role at the council.

During the programme you’ll also receive an annual salary of £25,295, generous holiday entitlement, access to an employee benefits scheme (including discounts on gym membership, holidays and high street shops, plus a free counselling service), the opportunity to join the Local Government Pension Scheme and genuine support of your wellbeing and work/life balance.

Our programme provides you with the knowledge, experience, qualifications and achievements you’ll need to succeed. This is the start of a journey that could take you all the way to the top.

The selection timetable

Graduate programme application process
Application deadline: 6 May 2019
Online assessment: 10-15 May 2019
Telephone Interviews: 21-23 May 2019
Assessment Day: 19 June 2019
Graduate programme commences: 30 September 2019

It is essential that you are available to complete all stages of the selection process.

We will acknowledge all applications received for our graduate programme. Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications received we will only be able to contact those candidates that we invite forward for a telephone interview.

If you do not hear back from us with an invitation at this stage in the process, unfortunately your application will not have been successful. We will provide feedback to all applicants who participate in a telephone interview or assessment day with us.

Apply for graduate programme

Good luck with your application, and don’t forget to read our application and interview hints and tips for the best chance of success in our process.

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