Information about our graduate career opportunities, how to apply and the benefits of working for us.
How to apply for graduate opportunities
All our graduate vacancies are advertised on our jobs and careers page so we recommend keeping an eye on it for any opportunities that become available. You can also set up job alerts which will send you an email when a vacancy arises that matches the criteria you have set.
Please note that we welcome graduate applications for any vacancy, not just for graduate programmes.
Why consider a graduate opportunity with us?
In a difficult labour market, there is an increasing need for graduates to have workplace skills. The vacancies include short term paid internships of 12 weeks duration in addition to longer term employment opportunities to enable you to gain the skills and experiences necessary to advance your career.
If you are appointed, you will gain transferable skills and the recognition of working for one of the largest employers in North Yorkshire. While some opportunities may not be in your desired employment area, they are an ideal stepping stone to develop skills and experience.
If you are successful in gaining employment with us, your new position will enable you to apply your existing skills to a professional environment and enable you to develop further. You will gain invaluable experience in a challenging role to enhance your career prospects.
Skills which you can learn and enhance through a position with us include:
- time management
- commercial awareness
- specific occupational skills
- negotiation and persuasion
- technical skills
- problem solving
- ICT skills
- ability to work under pressure
- perseverance and motivation
Hear what our graduates have to say…
The 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.