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New graduates join the city council

Published on Tuesday, October 25, 2016

TWENTY-FOUR new graduates have joined Leicester City Council, bringing with them fresh ideas, new perspective and innovation.

The graduates, part of 137 employed by the council since 2012, took part on an induction day last week to officially welcome them into the local authority.

The young employees will work across the council, initially on fixed term contracts, ranging from six months to two years.

If the graduates are successful, it is hoped that it will lead on to further employment prospects at the council.

Deputy City Mayor, Cllr Rory Palmer, addressed the new recruits on their induction day.

He said: "The highly skilled graduates offer the council fresh ideas, new perspective and innovation, while we can help them gain the work experience they need.

"I wish them every success in their graduate placements and hope it helps them to get a first step on their employment journey."

Each new employee will also undertake the council's newly established Graduate Development Programme. As well as having an assigned mentor, they will also gain a variety of skills, from project management, presentation skills, report writing and  an overview of key service areas and the way the council works.

It is hoped that this graduate programme will enable the recruits to gain a wide cross-section of skills to take with them wherever they go.

Helen Sheppard, 21, a national management trainee in the education and children’s services department, said: “There are so many different opportunities on the graduate programme at Leicester City Council. I am not just limited to one area, I will gain experience and skills from across the council’s departments.

“I’ve met some great people so far, with a wealth of knowledge, that will help me to develop and gain vital skills.

“I’m really grateful for this opportunity. It is hard to get your first step on the ladder after university and I know a lot of friends who have struggled. I am also lucky that this programme offers mentoring, which will aid my professional development.”

Josephine Rodrigo, 22, graduate project officer in transformation for learning services, added: “Working within the local authority has shown me how vital it is for the city.

"Within a matter of weeks I’ve met people from numerous departments and learnt how they all work together to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the people of Leicester.

“In such a short space of time, the council has already taught me so many new things."