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 – Strategy and Performance
Location: 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 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: Strategy and Performance
Responsible to: Head of Strategy and Performance

We now have an exciting opportunity for a graduate to join our Central Services Team as an Strategy and Performance Trainee.  

The Strategy and Performance Team covers two broad areas of activity, strategic planning and performance improvement.

The team co-ordinates strategy development and strategic planning to maximise the benefits of increasingly scarce resources and to achieve better outcomes for people and communities. In doing so, it provides performance and value for money challenge across a range of local government services, including evidence-based analysis to support leaders in driving improvement.

This is an exciting time to be joining Local Government in North Yorkshire, which is going through a period of significant change, moving from a two tier system to unitary status (single tier). This will provide significant policy and service delivery opportunities for Local Government, ranging from housing to economic development and social policy to health. 

This position provides an excellent opportunity for a motivated graduate with the initiative to take on complex tasks and seeking to gain a broad understanding of local government and broader public policy, including its implications for improving outcomes for people and communities. 

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

The successful candidate will have the opportunity for involvement in all areas of local government including a specific personal portfolio or research, policy and performance work.

By the end of the traineeship, the successful candidate will have developed a broad appreciation of national policy and its implementation at the local level, including implications on delivering value for money and improved outcomes for people and communities.

Desirable criteria for this role: Public Policy and Politics

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

  • Closing date: Midnight Sunday 25th April 2021
  • Shortlisting date: 26th / 27th April 2021
  • Interview date: 4th / 5th May 2021

 
Key documents:
 Job Description / Person Specification (pdf / 670 KB)
 
If this role sounds like it could be for you, and you would like to gain more information, please call Steve Evans (Head of Strategy and Performance) on 07971 796067 or by emailing Steve.Evans@northyorks.gov.uk   

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

 

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Job Title: Graduate Trainee – Graphic Design
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

We now have an exciting opportunity for a graduate to join our Central Services Team as an Graphic Design Trainee.  

The council’s design team sits within the council’s Communications Unit. This is where the post holder duties will be carried out. The wider Communications Unit provides a communications service which covers media relations, web and internet (including social media), internal communications, marketing, consultation, campaigns, design and corporate identity and public information, working with all services, at all levels and with external organisations.

The core design service is to support the delivery of a professional communications service for the council. The design service also has a number of external commercial clients that the post holder will help to support. The post holder will do this by providing a professional and expert design service, including for a range of digital and print mediums, enabling and delivering successful outcomes for services and customers.

The post holder will be able to learn how design and marketing work together, effectively take a brief whilst all the time increasing their standards of typography, brand awareness and corporate guidance. 

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

A graduate design role will involve a range of creative lead design work for digital and print platforms. 

Working as part of a team designing for public sector organisations as well as in-house and external commercial clients. Led by Paul Robinson, providing clients with a creative and strategic insight to their work, Paul’s previous roles include being a senior designer and brand expert at a leading North East agency, with over 20 years’ experience in the design and advertising world, working with international and high profile clients.

It will require:

  • The ability to follow brand guidelines and how to use those flexibly
  • An understanding of typography and the ability to demonstrate a creative and strategic approach to a client’s brief
  • Being able to manage project timescales while contributing towards the team’s financial target
  • Knowledge of Adobe design packages such as InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator and a basic understanding of Microsoft applications

Animation and video editing skills would be an advantage but not essential to the role.

Essential criteria for this Graduate opportunity: Design degree or equivalent design HND
Desirable criteria for this role: Knowledge of Animation, video editing, digital qualification

Start your journey to a great career and join us as a graduate.
 
Key dates:
Closing date: Midnight Sunday 2nd May 2021
Shortlisting date: 4th / 5th May 2021
Interview date: 11th May 2021 (Virtually)
 
Please note, following shortlisting and prior to interview, it would be advantageous to view your portfolio electronically.

Key documents:
 Job Description / Person Specification (pdf / 802 KB)
 
If this role sounds like it could be for you, and you would like to gain more information, please call Paul Robinson on 01609 533232 (ext 3232) or by emailing Paul.Robinson2@northyorks.gov.uk

 

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

Job Title: Graduate Trainee – HR and Organisational Development
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 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: HR and OD
Responsible to: HR Head of Service

We now have an exciting opportunity for a graduate to join our Central Services Team as a HR and Organisational Development Trainee.  

We are looking for a Graduate Trainee to drive and shape, through excellent and innovative practice, the development of a flexible, high performing and agile workforce. The HR/OD service provides a responsive and proactive service, delivering core HR advisory service with a wrap around service model including HR teams delivering Resourcing and Solutions, HR Shared Services, Training and Learning, Pay and Reward, Organisational Development. 

The service delivers this broad range of functions across NYCC and also to external partners, giving a graduate the opportunity to develop a range of knowledge and experience of these functions, as well as an understanding of how they work together to achieve the development of a high performing workforce. In this role, the graduate will be involved in whole organisation change management activity..

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

This role would primarily be based within the Organisational Development team and would have full organisational reach and connection across all HR and OD service areas, to fully understand and support delivery of HR OD priorities aligned to the strategic workforce priorities.  There would be opportunity to become involved in key corporate aims, be instrumental in the development of tools and activities to achieve these aims, and to be innovative and creative in their delivery.  Particular focus would be to support organisation wide change management programmes and developing knowledge and skills to recognise the linkages across the organisation with HR and OD and how to influence and embed culture change. To build knowledge and experience, this Graduate role will rotate to priority areas within HR OD teams as required. 

Discussion would take place with the graduate taking into account their career aspirations, professional and personal development needs and prior experience. This would ensure that the graduate has the best opportunity to secure required experience, skills and knowledge in terms of their own future career destinations whilst making an active contribution to the work of the Service.

Professional development needs would be identified through a variety of mechanisms including 1-1 and appraisal sessions, direct observations of work, coaching and modelling opportunities and constructive feedback from others.

The graduate would also be engaged with the corporate trainee development offer including those listed below:

Corporate Induction, Managers Induction, Aspiring Managers Programme, Senior Managers Seminars (led by the Chief Executive), Middle Managers Programme, Access to a suite of on line material, including Ashridge Management College, Graduate Network membership, including ‘lunchtime learning’, and Mentor support.
Graduate trainees will be offered the appropriate management skills training if they acquire staff to manage during their programme or to support their permanent placement following the graduate programme.

Essential criteria for this Graduate opportunity: Degree in HR or similar

Desirable criteria for this role: Relevant modules as part of degree programme focused or HR or culture / organisational development

Start your journey to a great career and join us as a graduate.
 
Key dates:
Closing date: Monday 22nd March
Interview date: Friday 9th April  (Virtually)
 
Key documents:
 Job Description / Person Specification (pdf / 851 KB)

If this role sounds like it could be for you, and you would like to gain more information, please call Penny Yeadon (Head of HR) on 07970 845772 or via email Penny.Yeadon@northyorks.gov.uk 

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

 

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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!