Graduate Development Programme

Frequently asked questions

We have collated a list of questions that are often asked about our scheme.

Do you only accept applicants who have recently graduated?

No. Any graduate with, or expecting to achieve, a minimum of a 2:2 degree is welcome to apply.

Read more about our entry requirements.

Is there an age limit for applications?

No, we are an equal opportunities employer and represent a diverse community, we welcome applications from people of every age, race, disability, gender, sexual orientation and faith.

Are there special procedures for candidates with disabilities?

We are committed to employing disabled people. One of these commitments is to guarantee to interview anyone with a disability, provided their application meets the minimum (essential) requirements of the job vacancy, and to consider them on their abilities. When completing your application, please indicate any adjustments you may require.

Do I have to have workplace experience to apply?

This is not a requirement; however some workplace experience could be helpful. All applicants will be shortlisted according to the criteria outlined in this application pack, whether this be achieved through the workplace, academic career, or extracurricular activities.

Will I receive feedback if unsuccessful?

Candidates will all be informed if their application has been successful or unsuccessful at each stage of the process. Individual feedback will unfortunately not be available at the short-listing stage but can be, upon request, be given after the Assessment Centre.

Do I get to choose my placements whilst on the programme?

The selection of placements on offer is decided based on business need but we try to take account of individual interests and development opportunities when allocating them to graduates.

What happens at the end of the 2-year programme?

During the Programme you will be employed on a fixed-term contract with the opportunity to apply for permanent roles at the end of the 2 years. We will expect you to begin to formulate your career aspirations during year two, and will give you support in finding opportunities. In the fourth year of running the Graduate Development Programme, all our alumni are successfully pursuing career opportunities in the public sector, the majority choosing to remain with the Councils.

Read more about what previous graduates have gone on to pursue following completion of the scheme.

Am I guaranteed a job?

Contractually, the answer is no. However, if you have demonstrated sufficient development and learning, it is in the Councils best interest to retain aspiring leadership talent. The Councils will endeavour to extend or find a temporary work position for you, where possible, if you have not been able to secure a permanent job in your last placement. More time may be needed so that you can be recruited to a new or permanent role.

Will I be required to work in both Richmond and Wandsworth?

Yes, you will be joining a shared staffing arrangement and placements could be based in Richmond upon Thames or Wandsworth Council offices, or possibly working across both sites at the same time.

What training and development will be available?

As part of the Graduate Programme, you will have a full learning and development schedule throughout the two years.

Read more about training and development opportunities. 

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