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Graduate Scheme


We’re developing the leaders of the future on our two year Graduate Scheme.


Graduate Scheme

This is a graduate development programme with a big difference. It’s a chance to really make a role your own. Because at Bucks, we build the whole experience around you.

Our priority is to find a select group of people who are ambitious, caring, collaborative, and take accountability for being the best they can be. If that’s you, and we see your potential to make a difference for our communities, we’ll match you to the perfect role.

Being a graduate, we recognise you are full of passion and potential. We believe the best way to make the most of your drive is to give you a career path along which you can accelerate.

What makes our Graduate Scheme different?

Unlike many graduate schemes, you won’t find yourself swapping from placement to placement. Instead, you’ll start as you mean to go on. In a real job that brings out the best in you - with real responsibilities, real challenges, and real scope to grow. We’ll support you with excellent training and fully funded qualifications. By the time your two years are complete, you’ll be ready to progress to your next challenge, in a permanent role here at the Council.

What you’ll do

There’s no one answer to that. It all depends on the talent and potential you bring. Broadly speaking, we have opportunities across areas including Transport, Economy, Environment, Business Services, and our Headquarters function. Each of those is a broad and diverse category. So you might find yourself kick-starting your career as a Commercial Officer, Business Improvement Officer, or Transport Planner.

Whatever your role, two things are certain. It will fit you like a glove. And you’ll make a real difference to the people and communities we serve. Now and for the future. 

What you’ll gain

We offer complete professional development. That means:

• Real responsibilities and challenges in a salaried post
• Opportunities to work with and learn from experts
• Funded professional development
• Ongoing support for continuous learning

Put simply, you’ll start a journey that could lead all the way to senior management in the future. You’ll pick up the knowledge, experience, qualifications and achievements you need along the way.

What you’ll need

You share our values. That means you’re ambitious, caring, collaborative, and take accountability for your actions. You have (or expect) a 2:1 degree in one of the following subjects (or similar):

  • Business Administration
  • Geography
  • Public Administration
  • Public Management
  • Transport Management
  • Transport Planning
  • Town and Country Planning or other Built Environment
  • Politics
  • Economics
  • Marketing
  • Business Studies
  • Sociology
  • History
  • Politics
  • Psychology

Why Buckinghamshire

The excellent opportunities we offer are far from the only reason to work here. Voted in the top 10 in the 2016 Halifax Quality Of Life rankings, our county is an area of outstanding natural beauty. We have the most National Trust properties in England. We’re also home to the world-famous Pinewood Studios (James Bond, Harry Potter, Star Wars and many more). From characterful villages to small market towns and bigger, buzzier locations, you’ll find a place to live that suits your lifestyle.

Alongside the £23,310 starting salary we offer flexible working, employee rewards package (including discounts on gym membership, high street shops & train tickets), 23 days’ annual leave plus bank holidays, and the opportunity to become a member of the Local Government Pension Scheme.

See our Rewards & Benefits and Living in Bucks pages for more details.

Meet Laurence - Business Intelligence and Insight Graduate

My role as a Business Intelligence and Insight Graduate has enabled me to get involved with a variety of projects across BCC. My role consists of two parts: data analysis – attempting to find trends or patterns in data, and insight – where my findings are used to suggest proactive changes to BCC services.

The projects I have worked with have ranged from modelling future scenarios of children’s services; projecting population decades into the future; and analysing public consultation surveys to understand the interests of Buckinghamshire’s residents. I have been involved in several successes during my short time here at BCC including work based around human resources data and children’s Early Help service.

Apart from the warm welcome I had to BCC, the aspect that I have enjoyed the most is the ability to learn and be involved within areas where I have had little previous exposure. As a Geography graduate, the environmental-based projects provide an obvious appeal – such as projecting future waste capacity, yet the ability to learn and work with children’s services, vulnerable adult services and more has broadened my knowledge. The role has also allowed me to develop a multitude of skills including GIS. The funding available within this scheme is also a massive bonus, as I am currently in the process of applying for an MSc in Official Statistics.

One of the pleasant surprises I received was the flexibility that is granted to us. Coming into my first ‘proper’ job, I had the preconception of a rigid working life – however the appreciation of the need for a work/life balance, the ability to work from home, as well as the flexibility of my project choices have meant that the work day is far more enjoyable than what I could have ever previously imagined.

Meet Alicia - Highways Development Management Graduate

To my surprise, the Highways Development Management Graduate Programme has provided me with a plethora of opportunities in addition to the technical aspect I expected.

My day to day role includes assessing planning applications to assess whether there is adequate highway infrastructure to support the development, as well as considering any potential highway safety concerns. As a statutory consultee we provide advice to the Local Planning Authority who ultimately decides the outcome of the application. I am primarily based in the Chiltern and South Bucks Districts of the County which has proved very useful as this is the area where I grew up.

Aspects of my role that I have enjoyed the most include the range of stakeholders that I have to liaise with on a day to day basis. These include Planning Officers at the Local Planning Authority, developers and residents.

During my time at BCC, I have had the opportunity to work on large strategic infrastructure projects including Western Rail Link to Heathrow which has allowed me to broaden my knowledge and gain a greater technical understanding. Due to Buckinghamshire being a thriving county, there is a constant flow of development which keeps the job exciting with lots of challenges to overcome.

As my first job, BCC could not have been more welcoming. As a graduate, my team has offered me continued support to aid my learning and development and helped me feel part of the team from the word go! BCC is a great place to work offering many benefits including flexible working hours as well as many staff discounts. 

Meet Mitchell - Planning Enforcement Graduate


My normal working day is rarely ever normal. Working directly alongside the Senior Enforcement Officer puts me in all types of scenarios. Whether it’s scaling a mountain of waste or dealing with passionate residents, there is never a dull day. It’s not all site visits, a lot of my role is office based. This can involve report writing, updating case files or updating Councillors and senior managers on active enforcement cases.

My biggest achievement this year would probably have to be the service of my first Temporary Stop Notice, prohibiting unauthorised development in the Green Belt.  The culmination of several months’ investigation, which in turn has resulted in a complete remedy of the breach. The training provided by BCC is also something worth noting, a mix of technical and professional courses gives graduates like me the chance to develop valuable skills.

I personally enjoy the responsibility that comes with working in Local Authority and particularly for the Local Planning Authority. I’ll admit fresh from university it all seems a bit daunting but 6-7 months down the line when you realise that the decisions you make/contribute to have real world consequence, it’s extremely rewarding.

Most surprising thing about working for BCC has got to be the desire to develop talent. From the word go you get the feeling from senior managers/officers that they are really invested in your progression.  As well as you own managers and colleagues, you often find yourself teaming up with other BCC departments, thereby giving you an even wider spectrum to develop your skills over.

Meet Catherine - Planning and Enforcement Graduate

I work mainly in the planning side of the team. We deal with applications for minerals and waste development, schools extensions and occasionally things like new roads or libraries.

From the very beginning, I’ve been allocated my own applications such as small school extensions and discharges of conditions for quarries. I’ve also shadowed colleagues on more complex projects, for example a new bypass and a primary school on a housing development. In addition to general TEE introductions and training, my team has supported me to go to in-house and external planning training.

Over my first six to seven months, I’ve enjoyed learning about the planning system. My team is great – everyone is really friendly and also very knowledgeable. Day to day, my work varies from writing reports and updating databases, to attending court hearings, visiting quarries and monitoring waste sites. Attending pre-application meetings, hearing about future plans and how they might come to life is also an interesting part of my job. 

Not being local to Aylesbury or Bucks, what has surprised me most about working for BCC is that the office is architecturally unique and visible for miles.

Meet Sarah - Highways Development Management Graduate

My role consists of assessing a range planning applications from a highways perspective, ensuring any potential development can be safely accessed and accommodated on the local road network. My consultation recommendations are used by the Planners to make a final planning decision and can often be the difference as to whether a development is approved or refused.

I work predominately in the Aylesbury Vale District which is subject to numerous upcoming strategic infrastructure projects including HS2, East West Rail and multiple large housing developments.  I have shadowed and provided assistance on many of these projects, including assessing construction routes and designing traffic calming schemes.  I have enjoyed being part of these larger projects, gaining a greater technical understanding as well as understanding the politically sensitive nature of planning.

I attend site visits once a week and also work closely with the planners at Aylesbury Vale District Council, working from their office fortnightly in order to build strong professional relationships.  I really enjoy working from a variety of locations and as no two sites are the same, I am constantly learning.

I think what has surprised me the most about my role at BCC is the amount of responsibility I was given so quickly and what a difference my decisions can make for the future of a development. Everyone I have met at BCC has been extremely welcoming and joining the Council at the same time as other graduates has meant that I have built a network of colleagues across the Council.