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

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  • We will support your professional development and give you the opportunity to learn valuable skills.

Graduate opportunities 2021-22

We are excited to be offering opportunities across the organisation for recent graduates and current undergraduates looking to start positions in 2022; 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 develop this offer further for our 2021-22 cohort.

We are seeking candidates who can be:

  • innovative
  • creative
  • challenging
  • resilient
  • persuasive
  • inspirational

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

Working at North Yorkshire County Council


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 are undertaken in a group setting with other graduates who join the 2021-22 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 authority, and understand working with elected members to help shape our services and community focus.

In addition to your line manager, we will provide a structured mentoring support scheme with a senior manager to all participants on the programme; either in the authority or a partner organisation. 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 for 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 forges strong working relations.

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

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 £20,043
  • second six months at £20,852
  • final 12 months at £23,023

Pay progression is subject to satisfactory performance in the role.

Hear what our graduates have to say…

We are very lucky to have truly excellent graduates who work with our organisation, many of which have progressed to lead 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 with our graduate programme, and here is what they had to say:

The NYCC Graduate Scheme is a fantastic opportunity and offers experience in a wide range of roles and teams across North Yorkshire County Council and Ryedale District Council. My role was in the Community Team at Ryedale District Council which was really interesting and challenging, every day offered something new. My University degrees were focussed in criminology and social research, so my role really allowed me to put this into practice and gain experience of working on community safety and anti-social behaviour cases. There was also opportunities to work on projects and campaigns, which added variety to the role.

My manager, mentors and team were so supportive and always encouraged me to take on challenging cases. No question was ever a silly question and everyone was happy to offer advice and guidance. I felt a valued member of the team from my first day, and my opinions and ideas were always taken into account. Support also came from the wider graduate cohort as it felt like a friendly, welcoming community. The weekly graduate drop-ins were great to have a catch up and ask any questions, and also to learn about the other graduate roles across Ryedale and NYCC. 

The scheme also supports you to progress in the future, through the Aspiring Managers and Middle Managers sessions. It was great to join a session that allowed me to think about how I want my career to progress into the future and listen to other graduates’ experiences and aspirations.

After 9 months on the graduate scheme, I was offered a permanent position in the Community Team at Ryedale District Council as Community Link Officer. This was made possible due to my time on the graduate scheme, as the role allowed me to learn key skills and gain direct experience in order for me to progress further; I am extremely grateful to the graduate scheme for this. The graduates are valued across both Ryedale and NYCC and the scheme is a great opportunity to join a local authority; I would encourage any graduate to go for it!

Thomas Bell, Graduate Trainee - Business TransformationThe North Yorkshire County Council graduate programme is fantastic, I simply cannot fault it! I had good support from not only my manager, team, other departments and mentor but also the talent management adviser and other graduates. I was never short of contacts; everyone is willing to help with any questions or queries you may have. The graduate development programme included aspiring managers and middle managers workshops, which were excellently presented and gave me a great insight into the next steps for my career. I also valued being part of the graduate network with topical talks from senior leaders in the Council.

Although social lives have been hindered due to COVID-19, us graduates on the scheme definitely made the most of what we had available. Ranging from having in person walks and picnics to having online quizzes, ‘guess who’ and many other mini games through Microsoft Teams. Hopefully the new graduates will be able to experience more in person activities in the future.

In my graduate role, I had the opportunity to work on many different projects, including rolling out a new remote desktop to all employees and gathered business requirements through a change advisory group report and presented these findings. I also completed a Data Protection Impact Assessment, conducted structured end user surveys and was tasked with creating the SharePoint intranet site which I was trusted enough to own. Through this I learnt how to use Power Automate to construct cloud flows, and created many Microsoft Forms. As a graduate, you are seen as an equal team member and your opinions, decisions and output of work is respected.

The progression after the graduate scheme is endless, whether you are a Council graduate or employed by North Yorkshire County Council and seconded to Ryedale District Council, there is definitely equal opportunity. The graduate scheme is a two-year scheme; however, I was on the scheme for nine months before securing a new role at North Yorkshire County Council as a Business Change Analyst, proving how valuable and respected the graduate programme is. This role will also provide further opportunities to study on the job, as I will be completing an Improvement Practitioner Apprenticeship, which incorporates Lean Sigma Six Green Belt certification. This is an 18-month programme equivalent to level 4, which is highly valued and aligned to my role.

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

Experiences of Graduates currently on our graduate programme: 

Francesca Floris, Graduate Trainee - Inclusion and Diversity Officer

"Francesca Floris, Graduate Trainee""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 North Yorkshire County Council. 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 North Yorkshire County Council 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 and Recycling (seconded to Ryedale District Council)

"Rachel Parks, Graduate Trainee""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

"Jessica Highfield, Graduate Trainee""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 North Yorkshire County Council 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 North Yorkshire County Council.  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 North Yorkshire County Council, 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:

What we expect from you

When you join us as a graduate you will be expected to:

  • Achieve the objectives sent to you and ask for help and clarification where needed.
  • Develop your knowledge through self-directed study, further research, reading and questions.
  • Fully participate in all training opportunities through on-the-job experience, mentoring, coaching, formal training and learning.
  • Work toward becoming a member/associate of the relevant professional body, where appropriate.

You will also be expected to make the most of the opportunities available within the Council, and demonstrate our expected behaviours of:

  • Focussing on customers and communities
  • Taking responsibility
  • Working together
  • Acting with integrity
  • Building a culture of continuous improvement and innovation
  • Leading by example

Application tips

Before completing your application, please ensure that you have 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 your 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 the Resourcing Solutions team via resourcingsolutions@northyorks.gov.uk subject: Graduate

We look forward to hearing from you!