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 2020

We are excited to be offering opportunities across the organisation for recent graduates, and current undergraduates looking to start positions in summer 2020, 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 2020 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 2020 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 £19,171
  • Second six months at £19,945
  • Final 12 months at £22,021

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.

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:

Location: North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Northallerton 
Grade: E, F, G
Salary: 1-6 months £19,698, rising to £20,493 after 6 months and then £22,627 for the final 9 months of the scheme.
Contract: 21 months fixed term position as part of the NYCC graduate programme
Hours: Full time, 37 hours per week

As Graduate Trainee you will have the unique opportunity to work across the Health and Adult Services -Engagement & Governance Team and Strategy & Performance Team. These teams work closely on policy, engagement, equality, and diversity. Working across both teams will provide the successful applicant with a greater understanding of how the corporate centre and directorate areas work together and how best practice from one area can be shared across the organisation

Within the Engagement & Governance Team you will support the implementation of new Engagement and Governance Frameworks aimed at embedding excellent, person-centred and rights-based practice within the directorate.
Within the Strategy & Performance Team you will work as part of a wider project to support the development of a new corporate approach to community engagement, building on best practice from within the council and externally.

We are looking for a Graduate who has a strong focus on customer and community, excellent interpersonal skills, research skills including the ability to present findings accurately and succinctly and the aptitude to work independently where required.

We will invest in your training with focus on:

•    Community engagement methodologies;
•    Active learning to develop interpersonal skills to work with diverse communities
•    Project management skills, leading on specific areas of development;
•    Research, report writing and presentation skills;
•    Developing strategies and policies and the policy context of local government
•    Opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of adult social care and public health;
•    Partnership working, particularly with Health partners;
•    Working across North Yorkshire – develop knowledge of the diversity of the county, and the challenges and opportunities of rurality.

As Graduate Trainee you will be expected to participate in training opportunities, self-study and shadow experienced colleagues to develop your knowledge, skills and techniques. You will gain a good understanding of working in partnership with other organisations including the health sector, voluntary sector, District Councils, Town and Parish Councils. 

Start your journey to a great career and join us as a graduate.

Key dates:
Closing date: 29th November 2020  
Interview date: 10th December 2020 (Skype)
Key documents:

 Job Description / Person Specification (pdf / 530 KB)

 Total Rewards Brochure (pdf / 1 MB)

If this role sounds like it could be for you, and you would like to gain more information, please call Shanna Carrell (Participation and Engagement Manager) on 07891 469081 or contact via email Shanna.Carrell@northyorks.gov.uk  or Claire Lowery (Senior Strategy and Performance Officer) on 01609 535416 or via email Claire.Lowery@northyorks.gov.uk 


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.

If you are having any difficulties completing your application and would like some advice on this please contact Leanne Auton by email resourcingsolutions@northyorks.gov.uk.

We look forward to hearing from you!