Take a step onto the local government career ladder
We have 10 graduate posts that run for 2 years:
Resilience Planning - Development Services: working with the local resilience partnership to help review emergency planning.
Roads & Grounds - Development Services: keeping communities up to speed with essential information via social media and help introduce mobile technology to a frontline workforce.
Finance - Corporate & Housing Services: working with finance and our Council of the Future automation project team to help identify savings and progress change.
Governance - Corporate & Housing Services: support the development, communication and implementation of corporate policies, strategies and action plans.
Planning & Environment - Development Services: provide technical support for planning, parks, environment and bereavement services.
Planning & Environment (PEDM) - Development Services: help produce our local development plan and supplementary guidance.
Roads, Bridges & Design - Development Services: project management support in the delivery of major construction schemes.
Transport Planning (TPU) - Development Services: assist with statistical analysis and help develop transport policies including sustainable transport.
Children's Commission - Children's Services: develop communications, social media and web content for the partnership.
Engineering Design - Development Services: help develop our Flooding Asset Management and Maintenance Plans using a range of tools and techniques. Includes site inspection work.
You can find out more about the opportunities on myjobscotland. Applications must be submitted by 25 April 2021.
The graduate scheme allows you to dip your toe into local government and provides you with a way to gain valuable technical, personal and leadership skills while using and building on the knowledge you gained at university or college. You also get great benefits.
What we get in return, is a commitment that you'll inject new perspectives and ways of thinking to help services transform and deliver on our Council priorities – Communities, Enterprise, Innovation. It's a win-win situation.
Building skills for the workplace
You're probably thinking "it's easy for you to tell me how great your organisation is, why should I believe you?" and that's fair enough, so we asked 4 of the 20 graduates who came to work with us in 2019 to talk about their experience.
Since joining our Procurement team, Caitlin and Laura have helped identify savings and worked with colleagues to maximise social, economic and environmental benefits for every pound the Council spends.
Caitlin said: "I had no idea I would love my graduate job as much as I do. The graduate position has helped me gain new skills and confidence. It's taught me how to prioritise, as every week my responsibilities increase, and my procurement knowledge has expanded as a result. Although working from home during the pandemic has pushed me out of my comfort zone at times, I've always felt trusted by my manager to use my initiative to do my job. That has been very rewarding."
Laura, who secured a full-time position within the team just a year into her graduate placement, added:
"I'd previously worked in the Council's contact centre so understood how services impact and benefit the local area. I also knew it was an exciting time to work for the Council as it looks to modernise. My graduate role was both challenging and rewarding. It allowed me to enhance existing skills while simultaneously gaining new ones, and it helped me get my foot on the local government career ladder!"
Although Chloe's main role was to increase engagement across Roads & Ground social platforms, she's achieved so much more. As well as building the service's online audience, she's also played a central role in launching two successful projects – our interactive gritting map (and our gritter's names!) and the Winter Warden initiative.
Chloe said: "I've been a valued member of the team since day one. My team and management have welcomed my ideas and encouraged me to get involved, giving me lots of responsibility. My graduate position has increased my confidence and ability to communicate as I engage with different people from various sectors and backgrounds each day. I've had the opportunity to collaborate with many interesting people and learned a lot from them."
For Stuart, the experience gained working in Governance didn't just build on his skills, it helped him secure a full-time position working within our Communities Team.
Stuart said: "Moving from Northern Ireland to take up a position on the graduate scheme is one of the best decisions I have ever made. From day one I was made to feel like one of the team and supported to grow and develop my skills as a local government officer.
"In October 2020 I secured a permanent role, helping communities have a greater say over how budgets are spent in their neighbourhoods. It's a challenging role, but I'm loving every minute of it. It's early days, but I hope to have a long and fruitful career in local government."