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Graduate Programme -Project Officer

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

The Role

We are looking for talented individuals who have recently graduated to join our Graduate Development Programme working jointly for two high performing London councils.

You will be innovative, adaptable and enthusiastic with an interest in Local Government.  You will quickly take on responsibility for projects that will make a real contribution towards the impact and efficiency of public services including contributing to our work supporting the recovery of our communities and businesses from the impacts of Covid-19

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work across our four different directorates over two councils with different political outlooks and priorities This is an ideal opportunity for someone who is interested in starting their career in local government but isn’t quite sure which area is for them!

We offer an innovative, bespoke training programme which will be tailored to meet the needs of the organisation and you as an individual. Throughout the programme you will have a mentor and a graduate buddy.  There will also be opportunities to shadow directors and managers, to attend meetings with local councillors to understand the political context and to participate in London wide and national events.

We are offering a starting of £25,295 per annum and 31 days’ annual leave. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to proceed to higher salary grade in their second year (subject to meeting the requirements).  Further benefits include eligibility to join the Local Government Pension Scheme and local staff discounts on products and services such as fitness membership, healthcare membership and restaurants.

Further information on the Graduate Development scheme can be found at this link  https://recruitment.richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk/graduates/ 

Candidates will be asked to submit a CV and a supporting statement answering the key questions.

Indicative timetable is as follows:

Closing date: 15th July 2020

Psychometric Tests Completed: 7th to 14th August 2020

Assessment days: 8th & 9th September 2020

Start date: 21st October 2020

Useful Information:

Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change. The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.


Important Information:

 Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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