We have a number of exciting opportunities across our organisation to join our graduate programme.

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Graduate opportunities 2021

We are excited to be offering opportunities across the organisation for recent graduates, and current undergraduates looking to start positions in 2021, who have the skills, attitude and motivation to join us at this very challenging and exciting time. We believe that we need graduate talent to help us meet our challenges head-on and we are passionate about bringing in new talent to help our organisation develop and progress. We have previously delivered successful graduate programmes and are pleased to be developing this offer further for our 2021 cohort.

We are seeking candidates who have the ability to be:

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Most importantly, we are seeking individuals with the ambition and drive to help us continue to provide excellent services to the people of our community.

Working at North Yorkshire County Council


We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice, offering a range of training and development opportunities and career progression. This will enable you to manage your own development journey within our organisation and empower you to control your career. We have a number of different reasons why the council is a great place to work…

Employee benefits

We are extremely lucky to have such a skilled and dedicated team of staff across our organisation and we strive to ensure that their hard work is paid back through various benefit and rewards schemes. As an employee of the council, you can expect to receive a number of different benefits, including:

  • Flexible working hours - we understand that everyone has different personal circumstances and priorities outside of work. We therefore try to accommodate these by offering flexible working hours to our employees;
  • Generous leave entitlement - with a 23 day leave allowance, increasing by length of service, plus bank holidays, you will have plenty of time to enjoy life outside of work;
  • Access to our ‘everybody benefits’ package - this includes a number of different high street retail discounts, salary sacrifice schemes, childcare vouchers and home technology schemes;
  • Competitive rates of pay with opportunities for progression;
  • Access to a secure and flexible employee pension scheme; and
  • Ongoing professional support and development.

To find out more about what it is like to work at North Yorkshire County Council take a look at the following video:

About our graduate development programme

These roles will form part of our graduate development programme which offers you the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills in roles supporting the operational delivery of frontline services. These positions will be fast-paced and will require individuals who can demonstrate resilience and an ability to develop creative solutions to help shape services of the future.

This is a two year programme and will integrate training within the operational job role. It will include a variety of training and development opportunities which will be undertaken in a group setting with other graduates who join the 2021 cohort. We are committed to helping you secure a position with North Yorkshire County Council at the end of your programme and you will be able to apply for internal and external vacancies which arise. The learning and development you gain through the programme will strengthen your ability to secure further employment.

As part of the development programme, you will complete the following in-house training:

  • Corporate induction
  • Aspiring managers programme
  • Senior managers’ seminars (led by the Chief Executive)
  • Managers webinars programme
  • Access to online material, including Ashridge Management College
  • Graduate network membership, including ‘lunchtime learning’
  • Mentor support
  • Management skills training if you acquire staff to manage during your programme or to support permanent placement following the graduate programme.

We also expect that graduates will learn about the political landscape of the authority, gaining an understanding of how working with elected members helps shape our services and community focus.

In addition to your line manager, we will provide a structured mentoring support scheme with a senior manager, either in the authority or a partner organisation, to all of the participants on the programme. Continuous careers advice and guidance will be built into the programme to support you in identifying areas you would like to develop and how your career aspirations can be achieved within the council.

You will also benefit from attending senior manager seminars which provide further learning and networking opportunities, with the chance to discuss topics and situations with senior managers who participate.

As we are recruiting to a number of graduate positions, you will benefit from having the support of fellow graduate trainees who you can network with, share experiences and participate as part of a group in wider corporate training and development. We have found from previous graduate programmes that this can be extremely beneficial and often strong working relations are forged from this.

We are committed to helping you secure a position with us at the end of programme and you will be able to apply for internal and external vacancies which arise.

In addition to ongoing support and training throughout the graduate programme, we also offer a competitive pay scheme that allows your salary to progress on a regular basis. All of the graduate roles follow the same pay model which is as follows:

  • First six months at £19,698
  • Second six months at £20,493
  • Final 12 months at £22,627

Hear what our graduates have to say…

We are very lucky to have truly excellent graduates work with our organisation, many who have progressed to lead and/or management roles. We strive to offer our graduates ongoing support in order to help them achieve their maximum potential. We asked some of our current graduates about their experience on our graduate programme and here is what they had to say:

My role as Graduate HR / Organisational Development Officer exposed me to a range of unique challenges, helping to develop my critical thinking and interpersonal skills. I drew from abilities gained from both my working life and university to help contribute towards the organisational goals of North Yorkshire County Council, as well as learning new ways of working from inspiring leaders and hardworking teams. As a graduate I was expected to positively contribute by achieving set objectives, take responsibility for my learning, and respond to the challenging learning environment.

The North Yorkshire County Council graduate programme helped me progress to my current role of HR Advisor. I continue to draw on the training I undertook and connections I made during my time on the programme to help me solve problems and consider different viewpoints. I also still work closely with other graduate programme alumni.

I think this is a truly exciting time to work for a local authority, with the contribution from young people needed more so than ever before to push innovation and commerciality. The graduate programme was a fantastic opportunity and one I would invite graduates of all backgrounds to experience.

The North Yorkshire County Council graduate scheme has been a great opportunity and I am very grateful to have been a part of it. When completing my geography degree I was keen to find a job that I would enjoy. The graduate Public Rights of Way Field Officer role I have just completed ticked all the boxes; it was in an area I am interested in, I could use the skills gained at university and there was a clear structure of progression and training for the duration of the two-year scheme. 

I have really enjoyed the variety of tasks the role brings. My work involved different challenges, each with their own complexities; I have gone from building bridges one day to implementing and developing processes for dealing with customer service requests the next. The support given to me by my manager, mentor and colleagues has been invaluable and really helped me to develop my knowledge and expertise. The wider training and opportunities afforded as part of the scheme has been a great way to network and gain a broader understanding of the council.

Thanks to the skills and experience I have gained as part of the graduate scheme I have now been successful in securing a permanent position in North Yorkshire County Council, as a Public Rights of Way Officer. I would definitely recommend the graduate scheme to others.

The council’s graduate programme is professional and well established with a high retention rate across cohorts. Corporate on boarding is supported through welcome briefings for line managers and their trainees, outlining the expectations and standards of the scheme, along with how to access to the graduate development offer, mentor support and the graduate network to connect with peers and learn more about the council as a whole.  

Graduate roles have included the following areas / specialisms:

Technology & Change, Communications, Personalisation, Practice & Safeguarding, Archivist, Customer Service, Public Rights of Way, Participation, Resourcing, Pay & Reward, Environmental Health, Waste & Environmental, Systems Development, Housing, Commercial, Digital Forensic Technician, Virtual School Officer, Inclusion & Diversity, Project Management Office, Employability, along with Housing, Technology & Sustainability.

Experiences of Graduates currently on our graduate programme: 

Francesca Floris, Graduate Trainee - Inclusion and Diversity Officer

"The Graduate Inclusion and Diversity Officer role is a newly created role, so being the first graduate to be explicitly working on developing this agenda; it did feel a little bit daunting at first. However, having worked in the role for almost 5 months, it has been remarkable to see the speed of change, and it has been really fulfilling to feel part of this journey. I have been given the freedom and support to work towards making real and lasting change and improvement to diversity and inclusion at NYCC. This role has tested me, and through doing so has allowed me to really develop my abilities and think critically and creatively. I have the honour and pleasure of working with colleagues from across the council, whether they be senior leaders, or those working on the front line providing essential services to the public. I am always learning within my role and am far from an expert, but I have always felt that I am treated with respect and that my contributions are valued and taken seriously.

As a young person, I feel it is essential that we are given opportunities to develop our skills and expertise in supportive but also challenging environments. From my experience, this is what NYCC offers. The council is truly a vibrant and exciting place to work (even when working from home). Graduates, from all backgrounds, are essential to pushing the council forward, and from my perspective, our experiences, creative outlook, the ideas and solutions we bring to existing problems, are going to be central to creating a prosperous future for our council and the region as a whole".

Rachel Parks, Graduate Trainee - Waste & Recycling (seconded to Ryedale District Council)

"The North Yorkshire County Council graduate programme has given me the opportunity to work with the Waste and Environment team at Ryedale District Council. I have gained valuable knowledge and experience from working on a number of projects to maintain an efficient waste collection service as well as increase recycling rates.

I have really enjoyed working with my team who are passionate about protecting the environment and throughout my time have felt well supported. Despite working throughout a pandemic, I have been encouraged to develop my skills through online webinars and training opportunities such as the Aspiring Managers course, which is provided by the council.   
This graduate scheme has been an amazing opportunity and has undoubtedly set me on my future career path in the Waste and Environment sector".

Jessica Highfield –  Graduate Trainee - Communications

"The graduate scheme at North Yorkshire County Council is a fantastic opportunity to get your foot in the door and work with all types of people. My role as Graduate Trainee in the communications team has enabled me to develop my skills even further from university. There has been a clear path of development and the more I have exceled the more I am seen as a trustworthy and reliable member of the team. 

I have had amazing opportunities; working on the UCI world road cycling championships – out and about catching the action, running my ‘Made in North Yorkshire’ social media campaign, working alongside the press and all types of senior management are to name a few. You are exposed to so many great learning opportunities. I have gained so much knowledge on the way in which the council is structured and its values. 

The experience I have gained thus far is incredible. For me the workload has been so varied, working across the different teams, which sit in the wider communications team – one day I could be answering telephones to the press and the next I could be out interviewing members of the public. You learn from so many creative and different people. The support and advice from my manager has been invaluable and with this being my first proper job I feel so welcomed into such a lovely team. The council is a great place to work and I would recommend the graduate scheme to anyone, if you are thinking about applying then do it. The job has so many benefits and it’s very rewarding". 

Emma Pemberton, Project Manager Level 1 (Technology & Change)

"I joined the NYCC graduate scheme in August 2018 as a Graduate Trainee - Projects and Change Officer in Technology and Change.  The graduate programme was designed to help me explore three potential career pathways in the first year, gaining experience in each field, and I was able to use the second year of the programme to gain experience specifically relating to my chosen pathway.  It was great to have a number of options available and to be able to experience them in practice to inform my decision, rather than relying on a paper job description!

During my time on the graduate scheme I was given many opportunities to develop my skills through a fantastic array of training programmes, both relating to my role such as PRINCE2 and project management training, and training for future aspirations such as management and leadership courses.  I also found the peer support and mentoring I had access to invaluable and very useful for planning my medium and long term goals.

I would encourage anyone leaving university to consider a graduate role at NYCC.  The diversity of the organisation and roles on offer is second to none, and the support to find your perfect fit role, and to acquire the skills you need to be successful in applying for that role, is excellent.  It’s also really important to me to feel that my role is helping to make a difference in the world, and this is something which I feel working for the Council helps me to achieve".


Other fantastic feedback from our Graduate's who secured a role with us.

"I really enjoyed the role and learnt a lot in the short time on the graduate scheme before securing a permanent role.  There is a very positive work culture and supportive environment at NYCC, along with a good development offer to graduates on the scheme alongside their graduate role". 


"Really positive, good opportunity to go into a company at graduate level and gain support whilst learning on the job.  Good role to get your foot in the door to a job in the Public Sector / Local Authority to help secure a role longer term. I enjoyed the variety of different placements providing new skills and experience. Highly recommend the councils graduate scheme and working in the public sector, there are also good rewards and benefits package available".


"Very positive experience on the council scheme with positive attitude to the graduates and managers wanting to help and use the new resource.  Great to have a ‘proper job’ and authority to take on the role which helped dealing with customers and good support to enable me to grow in knowledge and confidence to apply and succeed in securing a permanent role".



Our opportunities

We have a number of exciting positions available across the organisation, to find out more about these vacancies and how to apply please click on the individual titles below:

Job Title: Graduate Trainee – Digital Products and Services
Location: County Hall, Northallerton and home-based working
Grade: E, F, G
Salary: 1-6 months £19,698, rising to £20,493 after 6 months and then £22,627 for the final 12 months of the scheme.
Contract: 2 years fixed term position as part of the NYCC graduate programme
Hours: Full time, 37 hours per week

Directorate: Central Services
Service: Technology and Change
Responsible to: Digital Products and Services Manager

We have an exciting opportunity for a graduate to join our Technology and Change (T&C) team as a Digital Products and Services Trainee.  

T&C provide technology and change services across North Yorkshire County Council and to it’s partners as well as commercially.  This is a broad and exciting remit and one key area is to enable the council’s key aims on the digitisation of council services.  Key to this is ensuring that online services are user-centric in their design and development and that they provide quantifiable benefits to customers and cost savings to the council. 

The post-holder will assist in the development and implementation of NYCC digital capabilities, collaborating effectively across a wide range of teams and services to scope and deliver high quality customer experiences.  This means ensuring a coherent and coordinated approach including adhering to the implementation of our NYCC digital principles and standards.  These standards include ensuring that our customers are supported across different channels including by telephone and face to face. 

This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the delivery and ongoing development and support of digital products and applications. This will be working alongside the key teams including Product Managers, Digital Business Analysts, User Experience (UX) lead and of course our technical development team

This is an opportunity to learn about a range of techniques and methodologies applied to the development of digital applications and products including digital process design, user experience design, product and project management, in addition to digital software development techniques like agile, scrum etc.
The team, by the very nature of the work, is innovative and fast paced and incorporates continuous improvement, by building close relationships with the customer’s we support and understanding the performance of our in house developed products.

Graduates who join NYCC are expected to:

  • Achieve the objectives set for them;  ask for help/clarity where needed;
  • Develop their knowledge through self-directed study – further research, reading and questions;
  • Fully participate in all training opportunities through on the job experience, mentoring and coaching and formal training and learning; 
  • Work toward becoming a member/associate of the relevant professional body, where appropriate;
  • Make the most of the opportunities available within NYCC; and demonstrate NYCCs expected behaviours of:
    • Focussing on customers and communities; 
    • Taking responsibility;
    • Working together;
    • Acting with Integrity
    • Building a culture of continuous improvement and innovation; and leading by example
    • Leading by example

In this role you will: 

  • Support the implementation and continuous improvement of our digital products
  • Support monitoring the performance of our digital products including how well they are meeting the needs of the user
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively with relevant teams within T&C and the wider business
  • Support progress reporting and development of plans including resources

Desirable criteria for this role: Degree in Digital or IT discipline

Start your journey to a great career and join us as a graduate.
Key dates:
Closing date: 8th August 2021
Interview date: 12th August 2021
Key documents:

 Job Description / Person Specification  (pdf / 751 KB)
If this role sounds like it could be for you, and you would like to gain more information, please call Anne-Louise Arkle (Digital Products and Services Manager) on 01609 533050 (ext:3050) or email Anne-Louise.Arkle@northyorks.gov.uk for an informal conversation.

NYCC are committed to directly recruiting staff and will not accept applications nor services from agency suppliers in respect of our vacancies. 

Apply here!


Application tips

Before completing your application please ensure that you read the job description and person specification carefully - the information within these documents can be used as a guide for you to complete your supporting evidence section within your application. This section is very important and will play a key role in the success of your application so please take you time when completing it. Please note to be successfully shortlisted, Managers will use your supporting evidence and will not consider any CVs uploaded.

If you are having any difficulties completing your application and would like some advice on this please contact Resourcing Solutions via resourcingsolutions@northyorks.gov.uk subject: Graduate

We look forward to hearing from you!