Student and graduate programmes

Graduate scheme

The Local Government Association runs the National Graduate Development Programme, a two-year management programme for graduates who want to make a difference in the public sector. The programme trains high-calibre managers who can influence and implement the huge change programme facing local government.

To apply you need to have a 2.2 undergraduate degree (or a merit at master's) and the right to work in the UK. You'll be able to say you'd like to work at Plymouth City Council as part of the assessment process.

Throughout the scheme, you'll take part in a range of work placements with us in:

  • a strategic or corporate function, such as policy
  • a front-line, customer-facing service delivery area, such as housing
  • a support service, such as human resources or finance

As part of the scheme, you'll also study towards an ILM level 7 in strategic leadership.

Student placements

Our short term and long term paid work placements will be available in 2017. Designed to support your academic learning objectives whilst giving you experience of working in a public sector environment, these are for university students and will be available across different council departments.

Student work experience

We sometimes offer unpaid, short-term work experience opportunities to students to give you real world work experience whilst supporting your learning and helping you reach your career goals. These are generally linked to delivering specific projects across a number of service areas.

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