Kick-start your career in Local Government with Graduate Training Programme

Published: Tuesday 30th May 17

The deadline for graduates with an interest in the public sector to apply for a training programme that could kick-start their careers is looming.

The current crop of graduates trainees

Richmond and Wandsworth councils are looking for flexible and resourceful graduates to join its two-year Graduate Development Programme, which starts in September.

This is an exciting time to join the councils, as both Richmond and Wandsworth have established a Shared Staffing Arrangement, which seeks to provide the highest quality of service whilst delivering the best value for money.

Both councils are looking to attract innovative, adaptable and enthusiastic individuals with a commitment to public service to take part in a wide range of projects, placements and development activities. They are looking out for the future of our boroughs in areas as diverse as town planning, family support, IT, transport strategy and countless other areas.

The two year programme will consist of up to four assignments, spanning the work and functions of local government in key areas  The programme aims to turn aspiring graduates into local government leaders of the future.

Paul Martin, Chief Executive of Richmond and Wandsworth councils, said:

“We’re looking for talented, ambitious young people who are hungry to learn and can help both councils and the Shared Staffing Arrangement develop and improve.

“Graduates will need diplomacy and excellent analytical skills. They will also need the ability to present options and solutions to a wide range of stakeholders – from residents to elected members and officers in two councils.

“In return, we will invest in our trainees’ development and offer them the opportunities to reach their potential and many of our previous graduates are now taking their first steps into long term careers with us”.

For more information or to apply online, go to the Richmond website:

Or the Wandsworth website:

The programme is open for new applications until Monday 12 June 2017.

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