Career Pathways at the Council

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Here you will find information the range of opportunities to start your career in local government and pathways to follow once you are here.

Join us as an apprentice

The 10th National Apprenticeship Week takes place this year between the 6th and 10th March

This is co-ordinated by the National Apprentice Service and is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and traineeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

Here are St. Albans City and District Council we have a great track record with our Apprenticeships:
·         We have had 40 apprentices over the last 5 years
·         82% of our apprentices have successfully moved into full employment
·         63% have chosen to stay with us
·         Many of those have moved into careers with further development opportunities such as Town Planning, Housing, Finance and Human Resources

Recent government reforms to apprenticeships mean a wide and exciting range of new apprenticeship opportunities will be available soon.

We will launch our new apprenticeship offer in May 2017 for new and current staff as part of our ‘growing our own’ talent strategy ·         Include opportunities for bringing in and bringing on our own talent

Keep an eye on our website jobs and careers pages for new opportunities coming soon!

Graduate Opportunities

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We offer a range of paid internships, graduate placements and graduate roles throughout the organisation.

Summer Internships

£16,302 p.a. (pro rata)

This is a great way to gain practical work experience of working in local government and see if it is the career for you.  You will work with us on a fixed term contract of 3 months over the summer and your placement will provide an opportunity to:-
- Increase your confidence, skills and knowledge
- Improve your understanding of the sector
- Gain an insight into the way the council operates and the challenges we face
- Build your network of work colleagues

We offer a number of placements each summer in departments such as Commercial and Development, Community Services, Corporate Services, Finance, Housing, Planning, Policy, Legal, Democratic and Regulatory Services.

If you have recently graduated or are entering your final year at university this would be an ideal opportunity for you to put your knowledge into practice in a busy and challenging work environment.

Graduate Placements and Roles

Across the organisation we have a wide range of roles available to graduates who want to start their career in local government. Opportunities can offer you a first step on your chosen career path or perhaps a 12 month placement which gives you the opportunity to gain experience and consider your options.

Current vacancy details can be found on our jobs and careers page.

Planning & Building Control

The role of Planning and Building Control cannot be underestimated in its history and journey to continue to make St Albans the attractive place it is to live, work and visit. The department has overall responsibility for controlling the use and development of land for homes and buildings in a sustainable way and our Local Plan is out to public consultation in the Autumn.

These are exciting times for our Council. As the economy is strengthening, this increases public demand for our services. Our team continues to grow and develop to meet this increase in service expectation.

We are one of the busiest planning departments in the country and continue to see increasing demand for a variety of developments, ranging from proposals in the green belt, conservation areas, nationally significant heritage assets, the City Centre to neighbourhood centres.

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