Future leaders thriving in councils' grad programme

Published: Wednesday 27th September 17

Wandsworth and Richmond Councils' Graduate Development Programme is helping to nurture another five future public sector stars.

The programme, now  in its fifth year, spans the work and functions of local government and provides graduates with a broad range of development and career opportunities.

Over the two-year programme graduates can expect to work with many different groups - from consulting with local residents to working in partnership with other organisations. They take on real opportunities in at least four different placements in key areas of the shared staffing (SSA) arrangement for Richmond and Wandsworth councils. The placements are rich in variety and could include working in the parks department, business or tourism, housing or regeneration or adult social care.

Five graduates have now joined the 2017 intake:

Charlotte Adams, who graduated in geography from Kingston University, has just started in the SSA. and has her first placement in the Public Health Department. She said: “The Richmond and Wandsworth graduate scheme offers a unique experience allowing graduates to explore a range of departments and projects which other graduate schemes do not.”

She is joined by William Owen, Holly McGrath, Lewis Lunson and Katie Harrison.

Tabitha Brown, who is in her second year of the programme said: The breadth of the work I have undertaken in both graduate placements so far has been both challenging and rewarding, providing a good overview of local government.”

Wandsworth Council’s Cabinet member for Corporate Resources, Cllr Guy Senior, said: “We are determined to find the brightest and the best, and through the graduate scheme we have recruited some really talented, ambitious young council officers who are ready and able to ensure that Wandsworth retains its reputation for efficiency and excellence.

“ I would urge anyone with an interest in local government and public service to apply. You will receive in-depth training and experience across the range of council services”.

Richmond Council’s Cabinet member for Finance and Performance, Cllr Stephen Speak said: “It’s great to have such a talented group of graduates on board again to get a feel for working in local government. The Programme is now in its fifth year and this group of graduates is as strong as ever.

“We know the value of the programme as every member to have completed has gone on to become fully fledged council officers.”

 Read more about the Graduate Development Programme.

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