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Graduate Opportunities at Buckinghamshire County Council

At Buckinghamshire County Council, we offer a number of choices for graduates looking to enter a career in Local Government. From specialist graduate roles, to immersive rotational schemes we understand the importance of developing the graduates who join us and frequently offer opportunities for full time employment following completion of the graduate contracts.

Graduate Scheme with NGDP

For our 2019 graduate scheme intake, we have joined up with the Local Government Association (LGA) who run the National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP).

The NGDP is a two-year graduate management development programme in the public sector and Bucks will be one of the 50 available locations nationwide. Applicants can choose from placements in key strategic areas across the council, such as policy, transport, transformation or human resources, amongst others.

Applications are currently closed, but keep checking back with us to see when the next intake will be open.

Or you could visit the NGDP website for more information.



Graduate Roles at Bucks

Alongside the offer of an annual intake with the NGDP, we also offer specialist Graduate roles year-round across our services. Unlike the scheme, these roles are fixed to a specific area.
As well as being given real challenges and real responsibilities right from the start, you will get the chance to develop your skills in a team that has expert knowledge. 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.
Some examples of previous graduate roles include:
– Human Resources and Organisational Development Officer
– Environment Officer
– Business Intelligence Officer
– Technology Services Officer


Benefits and Rewards

Bucks employees (graduates included) receive a wide range of benefits and rewards, such as:
– Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) with employer contributions equivalent to 26.4% of salaries paid to scheme members.
– 23 days holiday (plus bank holidays) rising to 28 days (plus bank holidays) after more than 5 years’ service, with additional special leave as appropriate.
– 34% discount on Chiltern Rail travel and 50% off Arriva Bus travel.
– Discounts at local gyms and wellbeing centres.
– Discounts at local shops, restaurants and cafes.
– Seasonal health checks incl. flu jabs.
– New BCC Car Lease Scheme.

“I’ve had so many opportunities to work with senior members of staff and get involved in larger projects. This has led to several successes during my time here at BCC including work based around human resources data and children’s Early Help service.” Laurence Cannings, 2016 Graduate
“I didn’t realise how flexible the scheme would be. I’ve been able to drive the direction of my work to do what I’m truly interested in.” – Sally Smith, 2017 Graduate


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“Through the graduate scheme I’ve become a qualified Project Manager with two different certifications, worked on the unitary paper, and been promoted 3 times. This has moved me from the Graduate Scheme, through to a Business Improvement Officer, up to helping build the Corporate Business Improvement Team. I’m now managing my own team and am in charge of a £15m capital programme for rolling out superfast broadband.

The thing I enjoyed most about being a graduate was the breadth of the activity I could get involved with and the level of responsibility you can enjoy. I was not sure what area I wanted to go into after university, but Bucks have allowed me to get a wide range of experience and then begin to specialise in the fields I am really interested in.”

Jack Douglas, 2015 Graduate



“Since starting the graduate scheme last November, I have progressed a great deal on both a personal and professional level. I have been offered excellent support from my managers and have had some great training opportunities, including the Level 5 CIPD Apprenticeship that I am currently studying for. On top of this, I have discovered interests that I never knew I had and the scheme has redirected where I want to go in my career.

I’ve really enjoyed the chance to network with graduates from across the council. Meeting up with them on a regular basis means that I can get a grasp on what is happening across the council, from TEE to Business Improvement to Safeguarding; it means I am better-rounded in my understanding of how the council runs as a whole. As well as this, being fairly new to the area, it has helped me settle in and make some really great new friends, which I will always be grateful for.”

Kimberley Bates, 2017 Graduate